Scent probably isn’t the first tool you think of to help boost your productivity or grow your business, but maybe it should be. 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. Inhaling essential oils further activates the hypothalamus – the area of the brain that sends messages to other parts of the body. A simple inhalation of an aroma can cause many changes in the body, including activating the immune system, affecting blood pressure and stimulating digestion.

These are the seven scents that we recommend for boosting your productivity and mood at work:


1)   Lemon

This scent promotes concentration and has calming and clarifying properties that are helpful when you’re feeling angry, anxious or run down. Lemon also has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can help to fight sore throats and colds by boosting the body’s immune system and improving circulation.


2)   Lavender

This essential oil has calming properties that help control emotional stress. Lavender has a soothing effect on nerves and can relieve nervous tension and depression as well as treat headaches and migraines.

‘You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens.’

3)   Rosemary

This is the perfect Monday morning pick-me-up. In addition to improving memory retention, rosemary has stimulating properties that fight physical exhaustion, headaches and mental fatigue. It’s excellent to use in the mornings when one needs a bit of help getting going. Rosemary can also be used topically to relieve muscular aches and pains.


4)   Jasmine

Like lavender, Jasmine it is also used to calm nerves, but this oil is also commonly used as an anti-depressant because of its uplifting capabilities that produce a feeling of confidence, optimism and revitalised energy.

‘Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.’

– Albert Einstein –

5)   Cinnamon

The stimulating properties in cinnamon can help fight mental fatigue and improve concentration and focus.


6)   Peppermint

Try peppermint when brainstorming. An energy booster, this scent invigorates the mind, promotes concentration and stimulates clear thinking.

‘When you can't change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails.’

7)   Clary Sage

Clary Sage gets its name from the Latin word “clarus,” which means clear.” It was referred to as “clear eyes” during the Middle Ages, as it is often used to improve vision and address related conditions, such as tired or strained eyes. (To soothe tired eyes, soak a clean cloth in a mixture of warm water and a few drops of clary sage oil. Afterward, press over both eyes for 10 minutes.) Clary Sage also has anxiety-fighting effects and is used to calm the nervous system, especially during times of stress, depression and insomnia. It further improves memory and stimulates mental activity, and is also a well known aphrodisiac…

If you’re in a shared workspace, place a drop or two on a cotton ball and inhale when you need a boost. If you have a private office, add 1-6 drops to an oil burner or electric diffuser, or create a mister by adding a few drops of essential oils to a spray bottle filled with distilled water.


For a group benefit, put a bowl of hot water with a few drops of essential oils in the middle of the table at your next brainstorming session.


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