Have you noticed lately that your allergies are heightened more than usual? Do you have frequent headaches? Stuffy nose? Dry throat? Dry and itchy eyes? These are some of the common problems that are more likely to occur in an office environment — especially with heating and ventilation systems kicked on more than usual at this time of year. People who work in offices with more sophisticated air delivery systems often suffer from the symptoms I just mentioned more frequently than those who work in offices that offer natural ventilation. Other culprits of ‘sick building syndrome’ can be the chemicals that the cleaning staff uses on furniture and carpet, office equipment which emits hundreds of toxic chemicals daily, dust that accumulates on dusty shelves, employees who are allowed to smoke just outside the door, etc. Whatever the culprit is, IF you want to make your work life safer and more environmentally sound — AND YOU CAN — then I suggest incorporating aromatherapy and essential oils into your work environment.
Investment = purchasing a diffuser and some essential oils.
(Both are available at your local health food store or on-line.)
Benefits to Employers or just plain old you – On the good side, the simple use of purchasing a diffuser and adding aromatherapy to your corporate culture, will cut down on absenteeism. The use of essential oils will combat and fight bacteria and viruses. This, I guarantee, will contribute to better health, everyone will feel better, work productivity and job performance will increase. On the bad side, the toxic effects and germs running around rampant in the office will continue and your peeps will keep calling in sick. It’s a choice.
Essential Oils to Choose and Use:
- Colds & Flu – Tea tree, Eucalyptus, Rosemary
- Headaches – Lavender, peppermint
- Stuffy Nose & Allergies – Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Tea-tree
- To Increase Work Productivity – Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit
A side note
When choosing essential oils, it’s much like choosing perfume. What one person likes, the other person may not necessarily like. So be careful and get feedback on the aroma zen zone choices for the office. In general, citrus oils such as orange, grapefruit and lemon have a universal appeal.
To Good Office Health,
Your Aroma Zen Zone Coach