Many people work long hours and book loads of personal activities, which leaves them drained and constantly preoccupied. Yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises help us manage our responsibilities with more calm and ease, but essential oils can really bring us one step further. Certain oils help lift our emotional states when we are overwhelmed and downtrodden with responsibilities.
The best part about turning to essential oils instead of caffeine, sugary energy drinks, or prescription medications is that there are no adverse side effects. Plus, they smell great!
Here are a few mood-boosting, productivity-packed oil options to keep on hand at your desk. You can mix them in a blend with a base lotion or cream, add a few drops to a diffuser, or use them to saturate a cotton ball and inhale as needed.
These powerful scents can help you stay on target and remain focused throughout long days.
1. Black pepper (Piper nigrum)
2. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary essential oil has been used extensively to awaken the mind and promote concentration. Research shows that inhaling rosemary can enhance aspects of memory and aid in focused attention.
3. Peppermint (mentha x piperita)
These are great for relieving stress and anxiousness, so you can move on with your day, no matter how hectic your schedule.
4. Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata)
5. Chamomile (Matricaria)
Because who couldn't use a confidence boost at work?
6. Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
Cedarwood essential oil's woody, sweet aroma instills strength and stability. The oil comes from the sturdy wood of cedar trees and thus helps impart a similar sense of grounding and steadfastness.
7. Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
Laurel has a spicy, dynamic scent that encourages confidence and stimulates action.
Cary Caster, LMT, botanist, and clinically certified aromatherapist, pursued her education in botany and the study of plant-based medicine, earning academic and clinical degrees in anatomy, physiology, and blending from institutions in the United States, United Kingdom, and France. Her expanded knowledge and passion for aromatherapy and medicinal plants and their effects on the body chemistry includes an understanding of Eastern medicine practices and the 5 Element Theory of healing.
She worked in her own private practice on clients, family, and friends and decided five years ago to develop 21 Drops®, a line of therapeutic-grade essential oil blends for both the professional and consumer markets.