Since so many of us now work from home, either full time or in a hybrid model, staying focused can have its challenges. Setting up a workspace amidst children, partners and pets is critical, and essential oils can add to our work focus and ambiance. While distractions may still be present, there’s a way to help manage them using aromatherapy. Here are the top 6 essential oils we recommend for diffusing in your home office.
How Essential Oil Diffusers Work
We recommend investing in a good diffuser, which breaks down essential oils into tiny molecules dispersing them into the air, creating a beautiful aroma. In some cases, these aromas can lead to therapeutic benefits. Each individuals’ experience may vary and it’s important to choose accompanying essential oils to diffuse that will potentially serve your desired outcome whether it be relaxation, motivation or gentle focus, to name a few. As the aromas fill the room’s air, they can elicit different emotions as our sense of smell, known as olfaction, is in direct communication with our limbic system which houses our emotions and memories. Our sense of smell is a powerful connection to our varying moods and feelings. It’s not the scent by itself, but more so, how we process and integrate it.
The 6 Top Essential Oils for Diffusing in Your Home Office
You’ll want to choose an essential oil or oils that are beneficial for focus and concentration or perhaps to reduce stress. Focused-oriented oils are typically categorized as herbal and slightly camphorous while calming oils sometimes fall into the floral category. We’ve made a list of the 6 top essential oils for diffusing in your home office below as a guide:
One of Rosemary Essential Oil’s reported benefits and uses is to optimize alertness. It’s specifically used to improve concentration as well as information recall. So, it’s great for those back-to-back Zoom meeting days. We all know the effect that stress has on our breathing and Rosemary Oil has been said to support respiratory functions to help you breathe better. Artisan Aromatics offers Rosemary as a single essential oil as well as a Rosemary Hydrosol to spray throughout the day on your face and body and also throughout your home office space. It’s refreshing and clarifying.
We especially like this one for Mondays when you need a kickstart to your week, or when back-to-back meetings have your brain fading. Peppermint Oil is probably the best known in the concentration and focus category of oils due to its invigorating aroma. It literally clears the air and is reported to stimulate mental clarity, performance and even memory. While Peppermint has long been associated with snowy Christmastime, it’s a wonderful cooling oil for those who live and work in warm climates. Just like Rosemary, Peppermint is very potent, refreshing and enlivening. A little goes a very long way, so be mindful when testing out the amount of drops you’ll need in your diffuser versus some of the other oils.
This highly popular and versatile citrus oil is known to help uplift your mood and energy levels. For some, in a soothing or relaxing manner while for others, in a stimulating or invigorating way. It’s important to keep your home office clean and organized as we’ve all heard the saying, “Cluttered Space. Cluttered Mind.” Lemon is a great essential oil to keep your workspace clean as it can be diluted with distilled water in a spray bottle as a gentle, natural cleaning solution.
Sage Essential Oil is known as a natural stimulant and great for Wednesdays (aka Hump Day!) when you need a little mid-week boost. It’s reported to combat negative moods while optimizing alertness and cognitive function. Its scent is herbaceous, camphorous and possesses some lavender-like characteristics.
Because we all have our stressful days, sometimes a grounding and soothing oil is more in order. While focus and concentration have their place, sometimes mitigating overwhelm and staying steady are primary. In addition to a pure essential oil, this too, comes in a Lavender Hydrosol form to promote taking a moment to stop and breathe (and spray!) to maintain balance throughout your day. Please be aware that there are quite a few varieties of Lavender Essential Oils sourced from different plant species, climates and countries. When choosing one best for calming purposes, keep an eye out for a high Linalool constitution vs high camphorous varieties like Spike Lavender. Camphorous varieties are stimulating versus the desired goal here of calm and relaxation.
Your days at the office whether at home or in a public space is all about balance and productivity. So, clear your space, organize your thoughts and remember to take a break every now and again throughout your day. As always…Self-Care. Self-Care. Self-Care.