ESSENTIAL OILS/THE BENEFITS
Can Aromatherapy help in the office, retail shops or other commercial areas? Is there evidence and is it worthwhile? The answer to these questions is Yes and the amount of empirical evidence grows steadily. The Japanese, who have for many years recognised the need for spirtual and mental wellbeing as well as the physical, regularly use essential oils and thereby aromatherapy to stimulate and energise the workplace:
How They Work/The Health Benefits
Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being. Not only does the aroma of the natural essential oil stimulate the brain to trigger a reaction, but the constituents (naturally occurring chemicals) of the essential oil are drawn into the lungs and can also supply physical benefit. Aromatherapy can help with a physical condition, can help with symptoms, can affect people's moods, or help alleviate or temporarily eliminate stress or other psychological factors
Here, are some examples of how some oils may be used in certain circumstances. Oils have different characteristics, so may be used to aid positive conditions
LAVENDER balances extremes of emotions, such as depression, fear, irritability, melancholy, mood swings, and nervousness. It clears thinking, dissipates fears, minimizes anger, and reduces worry. It relaxes the mind and promotes physical and mental well-being. It helps neutralize sensory overload and balance either a racing or sluggish mind.
YLANG YLANG This essential oil is used in aromatherapy. It is believed to relieve high blood pressure normalize and sebum secretion for skin problems. It is also used by European psychotherapists to treat depression, insomnia and nervous tension. It stabilizes moods, reduces anxiety and tension. It fosters feelings of love, security and serenity, while minimizes anger, fears and frustrations. It activates enthusiasm and provides comfort during times of change.
BENZOIN calms the nervous system. It calms the mind, eases nervous tension, stress and anxiety. When you are feeling drained or emotional exhausted, Benzoin can soothe your frazzled nerves. Its uplifting effect helps to overcome depression and restore confidence. It dispels anger, diminishes irritability, and reduces worrying.
SANDALWOOD relaxes the body and mind, soothes emotional exhaustion, and relieves tension, nervousness, irritability and depression. It also stimulates the senses and clears thought processes.
Employers are continually looking for ways to enhance their employee's health and well being. Companies spend millions each year for lost revenue due to absenteeism, lack of productivity due to illness and in an increasing number of cases for health insurance. The most common symptoms described by employees working in air-conditioned offices are lethargy, stuffy noses, dry throats and headaches. People who work in offices with sophisticated air delivery systems tend to have more colds, coughs and sore throats. This is also true of travelling on aeroplanes. When colds and flu are rife, essential oils can help to stop the spread from employee to employee.
Aromatherapy can also help in other fields. Retail shops and outlets, hotel rooms, lifts (elevators) and lobbies, cruise ships, hospitals and even, as was discovered in New York, on Underground Railway systems. Aromatherapy can be used to help nuture the "feelgood" factor to stimulate activity as much as it is used to promote an atmosphere of relaxed calm.
The above are just examples of the benefits from using essential oils. This and much more information can be obtained in our fact sheet, available on request.
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