Aromatherapy for the office

4 Apr 2012 7:38 PM

Aromatherapy on a tissue or in a burner is safe! No great in-depth knowledge is required or lessons on how to blend oils. Just use a few drops of any pure essential oil that appeals to you, and in no time at all you will be feeling the benefits.

 

Aromatherapy on a tissue or in a burner is safe!  No great in-depth knowledge is required or lessons on how to blend oils.  Just use a few drops of any pure essential oil that appeals to you, and in no time at all you will be feeling the benefits.

I have a great passion for aromatherapy and all that it can do, particularly its applications in medical conditions, and it is in this area that care is needed and it requires the skills of a qualified Aromatherapist.  My only caution for home and office users of aromatherapy is please ensure you are using pure essential oils that have the health benefits, and not synthetic oils labelled as fragrant oils.

Our sense of smell, more than any other sense, has a close link to the parts of the brain than process memories and emotions.  Smells can trigger memories, or change our emotional state.  Aromatherapy uses this to create a sense of well being, thereby encouraging good health and balance in the body.

A first step to choosing oils is identifying the types of aromas that appeal to you; the table below gives examples of 6 scent groups.  Start with a scent group that appeals and then try the oils in that group to narrow it down to one oil you can start using.

Florals

Citrus

Herbaceous

Woody

Spices

Resinous

Can be quite heady and strong, use sparingly

Light aromas acceptable to most

Fresh green aromas

Great to blend with most other groups

Warming and stimulating

Great for meditation, often used in churches

Chamomile

Bergamot

Basil

Cedarwood

Clove

Benzoin

Geranium

Grapefruit

Clary sage

Pine

Black pepper

Frankincense

Lavender

Lime

Peppermint

Rosewood

Ginger

Myrrh

Ylang ylang

Mandarin

Spearmint

Sandalwood

Fennel

Vanilla

 

Essential oils in the office

Candle burners are lovely, especially if using oils to meditate, however they are not practical in an office environment as there may be concerned expressed about the potential fire hazard.  The solution is an electric burner, these are thermostatically controlled and safe to use.   These may or may not require water.

Be considerate of co-workers who share an office, check that they like the aromas you have chosen.  If not, then find a compromise using the table above, as there is no point adding to their stress or yours with unwanted aromas.

Use only a few drops as your nose will adjust to the aroma and you will then only notice it if you leave the office and return.  Resist the temptation to ‘top up’ too often just because you can’t smell it any longer.  The effects of just a few drops will last for hours.

 

Thank you to our Guest Blogger.........

 

Maria Mitchell
Aromatic and Herbal Medicine Practitioner
phone: 0414 362 742
po box 208 artarmon nsw 1570

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