There are a lot of mysteries in this universe that we have yet to uncover but the desire for more human knowledge of the world leads to many of the greatest discoveries and inventions. Every breath is a potential mark for some miracle to happen.

To unlock the mysteries of creation we must uncover human potential as we might not be the only life on this earth but we are the ones who are conscious enough to look beyond just survival and understand life.

What is the one very constant thread that holds your life within you?

If you are wondering what it is, just close your eyes and take a deep breath. Now as you become more conscious of your breath, try to hold it for a moment and after a few seconds, you will get your answer to

what that thread is that holds our life in our body.

The Yogis of India, the Buddhist monks from Tibet, and even the Japanese zen masters will tell you one thing: if you can master your breath you can master your energies. Some even describe it as emotions in motion.

Now although we can work on our breath to master ourselves it can be difficult to find the proper time and place to practice. If you are working in an office, your mind tends to divert from the task but there is a way to work on it subconsciously with the perk of making your whole office smell wonderful.

The answer to all this is in aromatherapy. Yes, the traditional wisdom is not a Hoax. Researchers have found that smelling essential oils can lift your mood and even some might go to enough length to make you happier in general and can make you see the bright side of life.

Stephen Warrenburg from Oxford University discovered that smelling essential oils with certain aromas can help in reducing stress and lifting your mood while increasing your focus and productivity.

Here are some essential oils that can help you to increase focus and productivity:

  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), commonly known as rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean region. “This oil is rich in molecules that are shown to be very protective and supportive of our overall wellbeing.         The aroma offers an experience of profound clarity and purification and can energize our thoughts and exercise our memory. It’s supportive of breathing, circulation, detox, and inner strengthening. Plus it tastes really good on some pasta.

How to use it: Inhalation of Rosemary is one of the best ways for it to show its effects of clearing your mind and opening your sinus. You can take two drops on your hands and rub it on your temple gently for a quick energy boost.

  • Tangerine (Citrus reticulata): If you’re feeling down and out, this punchy and citrusy smell can lift you from the darkest of moods. The aroma of Tangerine can reduce the amount of uric acid in the blood and can also get rid of excess salt and water.

Tangerine oil is also extremely popular with pregnant women. It can be used as a cream or lotion that is applied topically to the skin.

How to use it-: The best way to use tangerine would be to add a few drops to your preferred oil

diffuser to alleviate depression, lessen stress, induce relaxation or pacify the nervous system. You can also use burners and vaporizers with this oil.

  • Lavender (Lavandula)-: This popular essential oil encourages emotional honesty and liberates us to create. It calms the insecurities that can surface when we’re beginning a new project or exploring new ideas.

Research suggests that it may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness as it brings out your true emotions while keeping you in a calm, unattached stage. That is why most of the meditation studios use lavender to help you during meditation.

How to use it-: Mix the oil with some water and spray it around your office space . You can also direct it under your nose as well, but keep in mind to take a minuscule touch of it.

  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum): If you have a hard time concentrating on one thing then Basil oil may be the answer for you. “Basil oil provides great benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content, making it an ideal application to help reduce feelings of tension when applied to the temples and back of the neck,” says Dr. Rodriguez. Additionally, it tastes amazing on a pizza.

How to use it -: Our suggestion would be to rub a little right in the space between the eyebrows before you go for a relaxing read.

There are tons of the essential oils out there but these are some you can easily find near you that can help you in your workspace. Remember that your sense of smell has a great effect on your perception and the reality that you perceive. So, let’s make it a blissful one and try to stimulate our perception by using these essential oils.

–Arjun Chauhan