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Aromatherapy and Mood – Six Scents for Enhanced Productivity and Improved Mood
While most people may not realize it, our sense of smell is directly connected to our brains and experiences. Humans are wired with a brain anatomy wherein our mood and memories are directly linked to our brain activity and olfactory system. In fact, research shows that our sense of smell triggers emotions and influences mood. For example, some people say that the scent of freshly baked cookies remind them of their family or a certain holiday, while others notice a feeling of happiness when they get a whiff of freshly cut grass fragrance. These types of memories are the result of the partnership between the brain and our sense of smell.
How does this mystery work? It is believed that the answer lies in the way our brains process smells. The olfactory bulb, safely nestled inside our nose, is connected from the nose into the bottom of the brain. The bulb processes incoming smells for the two areas of our brains that deal with memories and emotions. Scientists believe that olfaction is the only information that passes through these channels, explaining why our other senses (sight, touch, and sound) do not evoke the same strong imprint on our memories as emotions).
How to scent the air in your office or business – what fragrances work?
Since we know our sense of smell impacts our mood, anyone promoting a business or work scenting environment should be aware of how their office or workspace smells. One way to create a productive workspace is with 100% essential oils and plants. The method of using plant materials to evoke a certain mood or emotion is known as aromatherapy.
While humans are capable of differentiating more than 10,000 different scents, from freshly cut grass to coffee, there are six scents known to enhance mood and may also encourage productivity. These fragrances are lavender, lemon, rosemary, jasmine, peppermint and cinnamon.
There are many ways to make these fragrance oils work for you. For example, if you have a group that lacks concentration, try using lemon scent. Known for its antibacterial and calming effects, lemon may boost clarity and can be helpful to reel in the team, helping them feel less anxious and more focused on the tasks at hand.
Although lavender fragrance is best known as a filler for bedtime sachets, its calming properties can be beneficial in offices where tensions run high. Another essential oil that helps with looming deadlines and nervous jitters is jasmine. This fragrance can encourage optimism and elevate mood.
Some scents remind us of cooking, but if you’re feeling tired, cinnamon or rosemary can be used to stimulate concentration, ward off mental fatigue and enhance memory. Also, peppermint fragrance is more than just for candy or mints – it can be an effective motivator and provide an energy boost.
Scent Diffusers and Fragrance Systems.
You may ask, well how do we diffuse these fragrances and what is the best scent machines / air freshener on the market? There are some companies out there that offer solutions for home and business scenting. The trick is to find the right company that will provide the best fragrance system.
Whether you are scenting your home, retail store, hotel or casino you have to be aware of the good and the bad. Proven by many aromatherapy companies using a nebulization process to diffuse your fragrances is by far the best way to do it.
Rather than using heat or evaporation or a fan to diffuse your favorite scent, try using a cold air diffuser to preserve the integrity of your 100% essential and aroma oil blends.
This process uses filtered cold air to diffuse fragrances into an ultra dry micro mist. The result is a subtly noticeable scent without being overpowering.
How to Pick and Buy High-Quality Fragrance Oils?
When it comes to diffusing fragrances, nothing is more important than quality and safety. Focus on purchasing only the highest quality fragrances and in return you will be awarded with an amazing fragrance that is consistent and subtle without any harsh chemical undertones. Again there are numerous brands that sell a variety of oils from Doterra to Young Living to your local Organic Grocery store you will find hundred of beautiful fragrances to suit your needs. Or to make life simple check out our scent bundles or a list of 100% essential and aroma oil blends.
Enjoying the benefits of aromatherapy are possible, even if you share a workspace. For example, you can use a few drops of 100% essential or aroma oils on a cotton ball and inhale to reap the benefits of a particular scent before a meeting or presentation. With a little creativity and experimentation, aromatherapy can do wonders for your productivity and mood.