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Can Aromatherapy Reduce Work Stress?

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Give your mind, body and soul some TLC with aromatherapy.

Are you one of those people who works a minimum 48 – 50 hours a week? Work can very often get awfully stressful, resulting in various common ailments and diseases. Stress and burnouts have become a serious workplace issue in recent times and seems to be a continuing problem.

Lack of sunshine, constant exposure to computers, chemicals and harsh lighting are just some of the factors that can contribute to increased stress at the workplace. Stress can have a detrimental impact on a person causing lack of focus, alertness, attention and motivation, reduced productivity and energy and it may affect one’s professional relationships.

Taking a natural approach to reduce stress can improve the comfort level at the workplace and thereby improve effectiveness and productivity.

Excessive sick leaves, headaches, lethargy, mood and sleep disturbances, upset stomach, loss of sense of humour, irritability, depression, disturbed relationships with family and friends, making errors, having difficulty concentrating, and feeling defensive or angry inside are some symptoms of workplace stress.

Aromatherapy was once considered an exotic treatment. But now with the help of candles, bath products, essential oils, and other products widely available, aromatherapy and essential oils are touted as effective in helping a person cope with stress, calming one down, relieving stress, enhancing productivity and promoting healthy living.

It is a favoured therapy by many as it is a pure and natural remedy for aches, stress and mood swings etc. The essential oils used in aromatherapy are concentrated extracts which are derived from the roots, leaves and blossoms of herbs. They are first diluted with carrier oils like apricot kernel oil or sweet almond oil. The essential oils are mixed with carrier oils before using as it ensures better absorption. Essential oils are very powerful in their concentrated form, and hence should never be directly applied onto the skin.

Some benefits of Aromatherapy:

  • Improves sleep quality
  • Treats depression, stress and anxiety
  • Healing Properties
  • Stimulates Immune System
  • Relieves Cramps and headaches
  • Energizes and Rejuvenates
  • Aids In Blood Circulation
  • Drives Away Cold

It may seem oxymoronic to make your work desk into an area of respite, but it is a necessity considering that the workplace today is a major cause of stress and anxiety. The goal of ‘Aromatherapy’, as the name suggests is to heal the mind, body and soul using beautiful fragrances and scented essential oils. There are many ways to include Aromatherapy into the workplace. Diffusers heat essential oils and allow their molecules to be released into the atmosphere. Inhaling different essential oils can alter your mood, stimulate creativity, help concentration and rid the area of airborne viruses and bacteria. For example, using Lavender essential oil in your office is said to reduce computer errors by at least 25%.

Here we share a slew of essential oils and strategies to turn your work area into a more calming, soothing and productive space.

Neroli Oil: It is a stress buster that not just wards off tension but also relieves you of mental exhaustion and agitation arising out of office nuances. It also improves concentration.

  • How to use: It can be used in a diffuser, which heats the oil and allow its molecules to harmonize with the atmosphere to keep you relieved.

If a diffuser is not available, then put just a drop or two of Neroli oil on a cotton bud or tissue paper and place it near your work station. Soon you will find the fragrance working for you. For diffusers use 4 to 6 drops.  This will help in concentration and remove mental block.

Basil oil: This oil is ideal to fight the effects of negativity, burn-out and intellectual fatigue. A regular use ensures better concentration, clarity of thoughts and a bounce of enthusiasm to keep you going at work.

  • How to use: Take a bowl of water and put less than a drop of Basil oil in it. Now, soak a towel in it and then use it to wipe off your body, specially the exposed parts of your body before going to sleep. Alternatively, you can also put one tenth of a drop of this oil behind your ear and feel the fragrance giving you a relaxing effect.

Rosemary oil: Loss of memory, lethargy and strain can be treated with rosemary oil. It gives you energy, and gives a boost to the immune system.

  • How to use: It can be used in a bath or in a diffuser.

 

Lemon Oil: When seasonal colds and flu’s make their rounds in the office, be sure to diffuse an anti-viral oil such as Lemon essential oil around the entire office.

  • How to use:It can be used in a diffuser.

Tea tree Oil: For added protection use some Tea Tree oil to wipe down work surfaces, keyboards, lunch tables, telephones and anything else that is shared in the office.

Apart from these, if you have any other favorite essential oil, you can use it in the following ways in your office:

  1. A few drops of oil on the cardboard tube inside a roll of toilet paper works well to ensure a nice smelling bathroom.
  2. Want to spread the scent around? Simply keep cotton ball dipped in essential oil between your business card box and there – you have scented cards!
  • Inputs by By Blossom Kochhar, Founder & Chairperson of the Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies institutionalized