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Aromatherapy and Office Environments


Over the past decade there’s been a lot of buzz about the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils. It’s become quite commonplace in personal use and now we’re seeing it being embraced by businesses as well. When used in retail establishments like department stores, spas, gyms and casinos it’s called “Scent Branding.” And what the scent is comprised of is connected to the characteristics of each fragrance.

For gyms and fitness centers, the scents selected are all about energy, like orange, lemon, lime and peppermint. At spas, it’s about relaxation and serenity, so fragrances include ginger, lavender, rosemary, sage and sandalwood. Banks are using scents to elicit customer satisfaction and retention. They’re using lemongrass, lime and sage.

Now scents are moving into the office environment and there are fragrances that promote productivity and alertness. And since essential oils have anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, they can help keep germs at bay.

If you are a business owner or manager and are thinking of using a scent in your office, it’s important to find one that appeals to the majority of your workers. Here are the scents that tend to work well in office settings:

• Lemon relieves tension, anger and anxiety and promotes a perception of cleanliness. Interestingly enough, a study in Japan found that typos were reduce by more than 50% in an office using lemon scent.

•Rosemary is proven to control cortisol levels in the bloodstream which contributes to lowering stress. It also improves memory retention, stimulates the mind and relieves headaches, pains and muscular aches.

• Cinnamon also improves productivity and creates alertness, improves focus and accurate attention to detail.

While Desks Incorporated in Denver CO does not provide aromatherapy for office environments, we are experts in helping you create the ideal office space for your business endeavor. We’ve been providing office desks, chairs, waiting room furnishings and more since 1956 and would love to help you.

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