When you think of aromatherapy, what comes to mind? Most likely you’re picturing a nice, relaxing spa day or a fancy retreat, but aromatherapy is also a powerful tool for the solopreneur. How exactly it works is a topic for debate, but studies show that it does work, especially on the brain.
Okay, so what do I mean by aromatherapy, exactly? It’s not just scent. Aromatherapy uses essential oils. How you use the oils is up to you. I use a cool mist humidifier that doubles as a vaporizer. It also changes into all these cool colors so if you need a moment to chill, just turn it on, flip off the lights, and bliss out for a few minutes.
I’ve also been known to just rub some oil on my hands and inhale in emergencies! You could also try an oil burner or a candle with real essential oils. It all works wonders.
So, which essential oils do I recommend for the solopreneur?
- My favorite essential oil for solopreneurs is rosemary. It’s known to boost memory and it wakes you up, but not in a jittery way. More than once, I’ve found myself turning to rosemary during an afternoon slump.
- Another excellent stimulating oil is cinnamon oil, which may also boost memory. It’s said to help with ADHD too.
- What about those days when you’re just not feeling it? That’s when you should break out the jasmine or orange oil (or both if you like!). These are known mood boosters, both energizing and relaxing. They’re also known to help with motivation and happiness.
- If you’re feeling overwhelmed and you just desperately need to chill, lavender and Neroli are your friends. Studies show that lavender calms the amygdala, known as the fear center of your brain, and that patients who smelled Neroli before surgery actually had less anxiety going in.
One word of advice: Avoid synthetic fragrances for these purposes. Be sure the label specifically says “100 percent pure essential oil” and “therapeutic grade”.
These are just a few ways aromatherapy can help you be more productive throughout the workday. Try one, or you could even try blending them to your liking.
What are some ways that you use aromatherapy? Share your favorite scents and how you use them in the comments!
This is a guest post from Alison Willoughby. Ali is a virtual assistant, freelance writer, and self-care enthusiast. Visit her at Ali The Happy VA.
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