Smell is the strongest sense. We present you six flavors that will improve your mood and performance.
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The Aromatherapy It probably isn’t the first tool you think of to increase your productivity and grow your business. But maybe it should be.
Smell is the strongest sense and the one that affects brain activity the most. The olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and are closely related to the areas of the brain that process emotions and learning. “This is one of the reasons we keep smelling something we remember,” says Beverley Hawkins, owner of the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy in Vancouver.
The essential oils They not only contribute to improving work performance, but also to health, which means that employees are less absent from the office due to illness. “Essential oils have antiviral and antibacterial properties, so using them in a crowded environment can help prevent germs,” says Hawkins.
Inhaling essential oils activates the hypothalamus – the area of the brain that sends messages to other parts of the body. “A simple inhalation of a flavor can cause many changes in the body,” says Hawking, including activating the immune system, affecting blood pressure, and stimulating digestion.
But you can also take advantage of aromatherapy in a shared work area without disturbing others. All you have to do is put a drop or two of an essential oil on a cotton ball and inhale the aroma when you need to reactivate your energy. If you have a private office, put 1 to 6 drops in an electric diffuser.
For the benefit of a group, fill a container with water, add a few drops of the essential oil and set it in the center of the table, for example in a meeting that requires brainstorming.
We share with you the six flavors Hawkins recommends to increase your productivity and improve your mood at work:
1. Lemon: This scent helps focus and has calming properties that are useful when you are feeling anxious or angry. Lemon also has antiviral properties that can help fight sore throats and prevent colds by boosting the immune system and improving blood circulation.
2. Lavender: This essential oil has calming properties that help control emotional stress. Lavender has a calming effect on the nerves and relieves tension and depression as well as headaches and migraines.
3. Jasmine: Like lavender, jasmine is used to soothe nerves, but this oil is also used to fight depression as it has revitalizing abilities that create feelings of confidence, optimism, and energy.
4. Rosemary: This fragrance is ideal for “getting up” on Monday morning. In addition to improving memory, rosemary has stimulant properties that help combat physical exhaustion, headaches, and mental fatigue.
“It’s great to use in the morning when you need something to keep you motivated,” says Hawkins. Rosemary can also be used to relieve muscle pain.
5. Cinnamon: The stimulating properties of cinnamon help combat mental fatigue and improve focus.
6. Mint: Use mint during a brainstorming session. This fragrance increases energy, invigorates the mind, promotes concentration and stimulates thinking.