Anyone making business interior decisions should be conscious of how the office smells, as well as how it feels and looks. Research shows that our sense of smell is deeply connected to brain activity, including our memory and our mood. The right aromatherapy for your office environment can promote a productive and healthy work environment. Certain scents can help decrease stress, stimulate creativity, energize the body, stabilize emotions and improve physical health.
What is aromatherapy?
- Aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering one’s mood, cognitive, psychological or physical well-being.
Aromatherapy to boost your business
- For a high energy culture
- Black Pepper, Lemon, Bergamot and Peppermint are scents that stimulate the mind, improve energy and create a feeling of happiness and self-confidence.
- Research was done to see how aromatherapy effected people while they performed three clerical tests: typing, memorization and alphabetization. Participants showed significant improvement on their tasks when exposed to the smell of peppermint. They also reported that they were more energized.
- For a high stress environment
- Consider the scent of Frankincense, Clary Sage, Lavender, Cinnamon, Chamomile and Patchouli. These fragrant smells help reduce anxiety, stabilize emotions, slow a racing mind and revitalize the body & mind.
- For an office with mixed workspaces
- In a modern office environment where there are mixed workspaces, a combination of scents could be used.
- Some open areas where there is a need to collaborate may benefit from a high-energy scent.
- In a conference room, training room or meeting room, choose a scent to calm nerves, as well as ones that stimulates the mind.
- If you have a quiet area at your office where employees can take time away from their tasks to rest or relax, consider putting a diffuser with the scent of Rose, Ylang Ylang, and Sandalwood to help calm the mind and body.
- For different times of the day
- Morning – Try Rosemary at the office on a few mornings and see how your staff responds.
- Afternoon – Use the energizing scent of Lemon.
- Evening – Get a restful sleep to be ready for the next work day, or unwind after a long week, with the calming scent of chamomile.
How to scent the air in the office
You can still get the benefits of aromatherapy in a shared workspace without offending others. Keep a bottle of various types of essential oils in your desk, uncap and smell when you need it. You can also apply it to a cotton ball, leave it in a covered container in your desk drawer, and open when needed. This way you can have various smells for different moods or times of day.
If you have a private office, there are diffusers available that mist the air. Only 1-6 drops are necessary to fill the office.
For your next brainstorming session or group meeting, put a bowl of hot water with a few drops of essential oils in the middle of the table. Choose the scent depending on the intended outcome of the meeting, and who will be part of the meeting.