FINDING WAYS TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY WHILE WORKING FROM HOME? TRY AROMATHERAPY
Date: November 02, 2021 |Published by: MIU | Category: Blogs
Productivity can be difficult when you’re working from home. Checking in on virtual meetings, online classes, keeping the children occupied, and dealing with continuous distractions have become a challenging new norm that could add to the stress, emotional issues, and uncertainty.
Did you know essential oils can be one of the solutions in addressing these common issues associated with remote working while helping us stay positive and productive?
How do they work? Essential oils enter our bodies either by absorption through the skin called topical, aromatically by inhalation via the nose either directly from the bottle, or diffusing it, and internally by ingesting under the tongue, in capsule, or with water for certain flavouring approved by MOH for example from a brand called Young Living.
When we inhale essential oils through the nose it took 22 seconds for the aroma to travel from our nose to the brain. Along the way, airborne molecules of the oil interact with the olfactory organs affecting the body through several systems such as the limbic system which directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, memory, breathing, hormone balance and stress level proving why a smell can trigger an emotional response in human beings. Therefore, inhaling certain essential oils can make us feel calmer or more alert almost instantly, and indirectly our unconscious mind often associates certain smells with memories in a way that doesn’t occur with our other senses.
Ready to start? Ahead, three essential oils that can boost your productivity while working from home.
The minty aroma helps stimulate and boost one’s energy. In a distracting environment at home, peppermint aroma can help to improve focus, recall, elevate mood, and have a positive impact on one’s work productivity. The minty smell and cooling effect can reduce muscular tension, headaches and increase concentration while working from home.
Lemon refreshing aroma promotes clarity of thought and has a fragrance that is invigorating, enhancing, and warming. A Mie University study found that citrus fragrance boosted immunity, induced relaxation, and reduced depression (Komori. et al., 1995) thus making it one of the best choices for mental health.
Lavender has soothing properties that significantly help in calming, relaxing, and balancing both physically and emotionally. Lavender has been documented to improve concentration and mental acuity. University of Miami researchers found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. it also reduced depression and improved cognitive performance. A 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness.