Of course, you’ve heard of aromatherapy. As far as the term is concerned, it helps in busting stress and relaxation. But did you know that there are scents that can help boost your productivity?
According to Beverley Hawkins of the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy in Vancouver, our sense of smell is one of the senses best to influence brain activity. “This is one of the reasons why so often something that we smell will trigger a memory or remind us of something or someone,” she says.
One way to do this is to use essential oils. In fact, studies show that scents used in aromatherapy can help in cognitive function when inhaled. (Read: A Prayer for All Those Who Are Feeling Exhausted Due To The Pandemic)
Here are 5 scents that can help boost your productivity– whether you’re problem-solving or doing a creative task. Read on!
Scents for Productivity: Lemon
Inhaling a lemon-scented essential oil can help boost your concentration. The scent has calming and clarifying properties that help when you’re feeling angry, anxious, or run down. It also helps in improving your body’s immune system and overall circulation.
Scents for Productivity: Peppermint
Peppermint has been found to increase memory and alertness. It is a great pick-me-up scent for those too tired and too busy people. If you’re feeling so stressed and overworked about the work-from-home setup, grab a peppermint-scented oil and feel yourself calm down for a clear mind. Perfect for those Zoom meetings, right? (Read: 4 Effective Ways to Save Yourself From the Holiday Stress)
Scents for Productivity: Lavender
Lavender has calming properties that help to control emotional stress. It has a soothing effect on nerves and can relieve nervous tension and feelings of depression. It is also a great way to get rid of headaches and migraines. Smell one at the end of a workday and feel the stress leave your body.
Scents for Productivity: Rosemary
If you dread Mondays, Rosemary is here for you. It helps improve memory retention, fights physical exhaustion and mental fatigue. It is best to use during those mornings when you just can’t even! (Read: We Asked Young Professionals: What Keeps You Going?)
Scents for Productivity: Jasmine
Like lavender, jasmine is also used to calm nerves. It helps in lifting up your mood after a stressful (or dare I say emotional?) meeting. It also gives you a feeling of confidence, optimism, and revitalized energy, which we all need.