Did you know, the two parts of the brain responsible for processing smells and dealing with memories are next door to each other? Many believe this is why certain fragrances remind us of distinctive childhood memories. Scents have a unique way of triggering our emotions, and this is something you can use to your advantage.
For example, only diffusing peppermint oil when you’re working will help you to create an association between productivity and peppermint oil. So when you smell it, you’ll click into focus mode! If your routine needs a little jump start, here are four ways you can use essential oils to get things moving.
You may not be able to visit a tropical beach right now, but diffusing oils like grapefruit and coconut might make you think you’re already there. A guided meditation session using essential oils to really set the scene is an excellent way to relax your mind and body. Plus, there are so many scripts to choose from online, you can experience a different destination every day.
To enhance the sensory experience, think of the fragrances you enjoy most; whether it’s the scent of freshly washed linen or an autumnal forest walk. It’ll take some experimenting, but you can create atmospheric scents that support your practice, and help you drift away.
Essential oil steam bath
While the five-minute shower and rush to work is on hold, you might be finding a little more time for yourself in the mornings. Switching from the shower to the bath means you can utilise your essential oils in new ways, and use the hot water as a means of steam inhalation. The warmth of a hot bath allows the essential oils to penetrate the skin - so make sure to only add a few drops so that the oil is properly diluted.
A cluttered environment makes us more likely to procrastinate. If you’re working from home, having a clear and comfortable space will do wonders for your productivity. But one thing you should definitely keep on your dining table-cum-desk is your diffuser.
Start by choosing some uplifting essential oils, such as peppermint, lemon, or mandarin. Diffuse one in the morning, and another in the afternoon - this will ensure the fragrances remain distinctive and refreshing to your senses. Better still, keep certain essential oils reserved for office hours, so you begin to associate that fragrance with getting work done.
Sleepy bedtime scents
As our days become less structured, our sleeping patterns reflect this change of pace. Pair this with the added anxiety of the pandemic, and good night’s sleep sounds like a distant dream. The hour before bedtime is precious; used correctly, it can support a deeper and more refreshing sleep. In the same way we can use essential oils to encourage focus, certain fragrances can help us to feel more relaxed ahead of bedtime.
Try diffusing a few drops of lavender or chamomile in your bedroom before you go to sleep (just make sure you switch your diffuser off before settling in for the night!) Alternately, you can apply a few drops to your pillow or duvet - the scent will last all night, and carry you through to the morning.
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