An average person practically spends half of the day in his or her workplace.
You come in your office in your comfy yet chic corporate get-up. You prepare your morning coffee and settle in your desk, looking all mighty and proud on your swivel throne. You plug in your laptop, and the day of encoding, decision-making, organizing, chatting and surviving the office begins.
Have you ever wondered how your body survives the corporate drama?
Your body is a sum of all cells, tissue, organs and body systems that function as a moving, breathing corporate-driven individual. With all the pressures of daily work, your body needs a boost to help you keep the midnight oil burning. This is where nature comes in.
Nature has made it easier on the working class. Whether you are in an office, in the field or in an assembly line, Mother Nature has provided you the energy salve that you can give your body to get an energy boost or a psychosomatic invigoration.
Roll out the carpet for essential oils.
Give yourself a quick pat on the back for a good days work as you learn the 6 essential oils you need in your workplace.
What are Essential Oils?
In essence, essential oils are the aromatic, extremely volatile, and naturally occurring extracts found in plants. If you are wondering where the word “essence” comes from, “essences” are the core material of any part of the plants, sometimes even the plant itself. These oils can be found minute plant structures that secrete “essences” such as the fruit, roots, leaves, resins and bark.
Tediously prepared, the essential oils are “harvested” through various processes. These processes could include distillation, fermentation or cold-pressed. This is why pure essential oils in the market are highly expensive. If you find products that claim “100% Pure” but costs way too less, chances are these hokey items are diluted in alcohol, retaining just a hint of the scent of the original oil.
Another reason why essential oils pack up so much buck per bottle is its high concentration level. 100% essential oils require a significant amount of the actually plant to produce a small quantity. For instance, to produce a single drop of lemon oil (roughly 0.05 mL), you will need to process (cold press or distill) approximately half a kilo of the lemon fruit.
What makes essential oils beneficial to the body?
The chemical composition of essential oils is made up of microscopic particles that contain the plant’s essences. In turn, every single one of these molecules contains the characteristics and properties of the plant itself. This is the reason behind the fact that healing benefits of essential oils are based on the plant it was extracted from.
With its extremely minute particles, essential oils are transdermal. When used topically, the oils’ molecules are able to penetrate the skin with minimal abruption. This allows the body to absorb the oil and transfuse it the rest of the body in a matter of minutes. Thus, the healing effects of the essential oils are generated to the user immediately.
When inhaled, the airborne molecules trigger a signal from the olfactory nerves to the brain. This system-to-system communication creates a sudden immune response after stimulating the bronchial tract. This boosts immune system throughout the body, fighting of any possible infection from foreign materials. Depending on which essential oil was used, the effects could vary, which may include clearing up the sinus, decreasing any inflamed membrane, or invigorating blood flow to create a more relaxed and calming sensation.
If you type-in “essential oils” in Google, there is a big chance that it an article about aromatherapy would come up. This correlation between the two has been strengthened because essential oils have the ability to induce a more relaxing disposition. The hydrocarbon molecules in the oils have properties that create biological changes, resulting to mood alterations. Aside from psychological effects, practically all essential oils showcase antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
This is the power of Mother Nature. Your life is better at the “hands” that can help you make through your busy day at work.
Which essential oils do I need to have at work?
Obviously, there is as much essential oil as there are plants in the world. Based on clinical studies and research, these 6 essential oils can help you get through your day because of their respective health benefits.
If you are a field worker, you are one of those who are constantly exposed to the harsh realities of the outside world. Lemon oil is the perfect astringent to keep the healthy glow of your skin. It is more than just a tool for another healthy kitchen hack. It reduces excessive oil on the skin, and its antibacterial property helps treat various skin ailments. Plus, its calming scent provides a relaxing rest and soothing comfort for those who lack sleep due to the unending stress of your blooming career.
Eucalyptus Oil has been a popular ingredient of the 21st century. It is known for its calming and energizing properties that battle against the modern day worries. If your mind has temporarily shut down from all the paper works on your plate, get a whiff of this essential oil to allow more blood to flow to the brain, stimulating mental activity. This will leave you rejuvenated and energized to face more of life.
Woody with a twist of lemon and pine, Frankincense oil gives off an aroma of peace and balance. When your boss throws you a work load for 10 PhD graduates, you tend to lose your grip on your corporate life. Frankincense helps lower your stress and anxiety, and raise the level of your focus and insight. In addition, if you feel like you are ageing 10-time faster than you should because of the stress, use the oil as an anti-aging serum to help improve the tightness and tone of your skin.
Grapeseed oil is an effective ingredient that protects and nourishes your skin. It is also a great moisturizer for the hair and scalp. Your daily commute to work may have damaged your body in ways you have never noticed. Take advantage of the linoleic acid found in grapeseed to clear away skin disorders like acne, dermatitis and any other allergic reaction from the outside world. You can also use grapeseed oil to make sure you look your best for your corporate meetings. It can help with the production of collagen that improves the tone, firmness and appearance of your skin.
With the mix of stress, heat and anxiety, you are bound to have the nastiest corporate headache. Lavender oil can calm your worries away, and lift the tension, hypertension and depression away. Need to take charge of your sanity and emotions? Find the time to create a lavender-based surrounding in your office to improve your memory, mood and emotions. If needed, apply lavender oil directly on your neck, shoulder and temple. This kicks the migraine and any mental and physical tension out the door. Then you welcome serenity in your life.
One of the most powerful and most versatile essential oils in the world is the Tea Tree oil. It can practically treat any common ailment. It is one of the things that should always be present in your first aid kit. Just remember – it is a highly effective topical agent. Don’t ingest it. It may cause more harm that way. Other than that, it can treat sunburns, insect bites, minor cuts, acne, warts, psoriasis, dandruff and other skin ailments – the usual abnormalities you can get when exposed to the dirt and grime of your job.
It’s about time that you give nature a shot in making your life simpler. A bottle or two of these essential oils can be the difference between your stressful job to a life of passion and love for your profession.