Scents in the Workplace

Aromatherapy probably isn't the first tool you think of to help boost productivity in business but it should be. Smell is everything, the power of scent can trigger positive memories and inspire even the most weary person to become a motivated powerhouse. Smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity. Olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and directly connect to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning. This is one of the reasons why so often something that we smell will trigger a memory or remind us of something or someone, like baking bread, fresh cinnamon rolls or the ocean breeze. It reminds of that special place or someone, past or even present. Essential oils not only help improve job performance but also our health. When essential oils are diffused in the workplace, employees are less likely to take sick time. Essential oils have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and using them in an environment where there are a lot of people can help to keep germs at bay. Inhaling essential oils activates the hypothalamus – the area of the brain which sends messages to other parts of the body. Inhaling the aroma of essential oils can cause many physiological changes in the body, including activating the immune system, affecting blood pressure and stimulating digestion. All from simply inhaling! Essential oils aren't overpowering either, as long as you select scents that create a beautiful serene environment. Scents like, lemon paired with a drop of peppermint can sharpen focus and keep team members alert. A light spicy aroma such as cinnamon and orange can bring a cozy atmosphere to the space and make clients feel at ease and at home while in your office. The aroma that wafts through the lobby, offices and employee cubicles like a double shot of joy will allow a perfect environment for creativity and focus. In a time when proper lighting, comfortable chairs and healthy choices in the lunch room are mandatory knowing these have a huge influence on productivity, wouldn't it make sense to now have environmental fragrancing? It's a logical extension.

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