10 May Aromatherapy for productivity
Aromatherapy is probably not the first thing you think about when it comes to being more productive in your life. Smell is one of our strongest senses and greatly influences brain activity. There is a strong connection between the nose and the brain thanks to the limbic system. The limbic system responds to sensory stimulation from the external environment (scent) and is associated with memory, emotion, and primitive drives and reactions. When it comes to work and studying, that memory-scent association is of particular significance.
Lemon is an uplifting scent, and used for memory stimulation and mental alertness. Researchers have found that inhaling the aroma of lemon essential oil improves mood and promotes relaxation.
Jasmine is commonly used as an anti-depressant because of its uplifting capabilities that produce a feeling of confidence, optimism and revitalized energy.
Lavender helps control emotional stress. It has a soothing effect on nerves and can relieve nervous tension and depression as well as treat headaches and migraines.
Peppermint improves sustained attention, allowing you to concentrate on demanding tasks for longer. It also enhances memory and alertness.
Using aromatherapy as a productivity hack is not one of the most common ways to increase efficiency, but it’s definitely effective. The best part is that these scents are so accessible. Get a diffuser, drop a couple of oil drops and watch the magic happen!