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Peppermint essential oil at work

By Bija Wellness Coach Kelly Prentice

· essential oils,workplace wellness

Ever have one of those days where you’re truckin’ along, and all of the sudden you hit a wall? Hello, wall. Two hours before you can leave, it feels like an eternity. You wonder if anyone will notice if you disappear in the dark of the conference room, or take a social media break in the bathroom. Instead of grabbing another coffee, this time try some peppermint essential oil, instead!

What are essential oils, exactly? They are chemical compounds extracted from plants, flowers, trees, bushes, and resins. The essential oils are the life force of the plant they come from. Much like human blood works in the body, they help regulate the functions and promote the overall health of the plant. They’ve been known to support human body’s systems too, physically and mentally.

I’ve found diffusing essential oils or using them on your skin (topically) in the office is a comforting way to beat afternoon blahs. It has this uncanny ability to create a shift in the office mojo, without much time or effort at all. Take peppermint oil, for instance. You can use in a diffuser at your desk, or take a few drops with a carrier oil on your fingertips and rub gently onto the back of your neck or your scalp. Then, stand and do a quick stretch of your arms overhead and perhaps a forward fold. Drink some water, and take a nice big inhale of the oil again.

What an invigorating scent! 

You’ll be ready to focus and tackle the workload all over again. If peppermint isn’t your jam, you can also try rosemary, lemon, basil, ginger, and cypress for mental clarity and stimulation.

I’ve found essential oils can help improve my focus and performance, but also my state of mind. Did you know, smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity!? Olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and directly connect to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning. This is one of the reasons why something that we smell will often trigger a memory or remind us of something.

Important Note: Before rubbing essential oils on your skin, check the grade of the oils for safety. You’ll want to look for Grade A oils, above standard quality oils. There are many different types of essential oils based on how they were produced from cultivation to distillation. The goal is to find an essential oil supplier that uses above organic grade (Grade A) standards in seed selection, farming, cultivation, and distillation methods.

Here are some quick questions you should ask your essential oil supplier:

  • Do they distill each oil the way it is supposed to be distilled, for the highest levels of medicinal grade constituents?
  • Do they distill their oils using solvents? If so, which ones? Some grade B and C oils can contain harmful chemical solvents.
  • Do they distill their own oils or purchase them from a third party? Most companies buy from third parties, and few companies distill their own. I recommend finding a company that uses the highest French standards, not American.
  • Do they own their farms? If so, can you visit their farms and see the distillation process in action? There are few companies that own their own farms… If they don’t, what controls do they have in place to ensure quality?
  • Do they know what pesticides are being used? All farms should use essential oils as pesticides but many do not because they cannot control the farm they buy from, or surrounding farms.
  • Do they know if the ground is organic? The true standard for the highest level of organic land is for synthetic chemicals not to be used for a minimum of 50 years.
  • Do they test each batch for purity? Find a company that tests every batch of oil for purity and specific constituent levels using above-standard testing.
  • Do they recommend NOT ingesting their oils? This could be cause for concern, if oils such as cinnamon, lemon, and basil are not labeled GRAS (generally regarded as safe for consumption).

As you can see, essential oils are an affordable, easy way to make a difference in the energy of a workplace environment. If you have any concern about the quality of the essential oils, we are happy to help! Click here to learn more about Young Living essential oils, considered the purest Grade A essential oils on the planet! We recommend you check out the Young Living Premium Starter Kit -- it provides the most necessary essential oils for the office at an unbelievable discount.

How about you? Do you use essential oils at work? Please share with us below!

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