[This post may contain affiliate links. This means that I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you follow one of my links and end up making a purchase.]
Productivity can be tough when you’re working from home. There are so many distractions, and sometimes home feels too much like play or relaxation to really get stuff done.
What’s one of my favorite ways to set the mood for productivity? Essential oils. This post identifies the six best essential oils for productivity. Also in this post, a free PDF of my favorite essential oil blend recipes for your diffuser!
What are essential oils and how do they work?
Essential oils are extracted from plants for use in aromatherapy, which is the incorporation of certain scents for healing and wellbeing. In other words, essential oils have strong fragrances that, when inhaled, can affect our mind, body, and spirit, and oils from different plants are believed to help with different ailments or purposes.
(The lawyer in me thinks this is a good time to say that this post is not meant to serve as any sort of medical advice. If you have a health concern, please practice good self-care by consulting a doctor or other medical professional.)
So how do essential oils work? Various ways, depending on the grade, or intensity, of the oil.
Some oils can be worn like perfume directly on the skin. Other oils are more potent and are dropped into water diffusers or special humidifiers to permeate through a room. And there are even food grade essential oils that can be put into your tea.
Just be sure that you are careful about what type of oil you are using and to follow all directions. They are not all created equal for all uses!
I use essential oils in a diffuser. You fill the diffuser up with water and then put drops of essential oils into the water, which is then heated up electronically (the diffuser gets plugged into the wall) to create a fragrant steam.
The specific diffuser and essential oils I use at home
The specific diffuser I have at home is the Breathe Essential Oil Diffuser, which is good quality, affordable, and available on Amazon. It comes with a little brush for cleaning.
If you are just starting out with essential oils, you can get a very similar diffuser that comes with a starter kit of essential oils. That one is the Ultimate Aromatherapy Diffuser and Essential Oil Set, also on Amazon.
The diffuser itself is quite similar to the one I have, but this one comes with the following ten essential oils to use with the diffuser:
- Tea Tree
Quite a deal!
If you are purchasing a diffuser only and want to purchase oils separately, the essential oils I currently have at home are by Radha Beauty. These essential oils and others by Radha Beauty are also available on Amazon.
Six best essential oils for productivity
There are so many different essential oils out there, each with its own purposes and strengths. Most of us know, for instance, that lavender is great for relaxation and sleep. But what if we want to focus, be energized, and get shit done?
Here are the six best essential oils for productivity.
Peppermint essential oil is an office must-have. It is a stimulating fragrance that helps us focus and stay on task. Give me a cup of coffee while peppermint oil diffuses in the background and I can conquer the world.
Orange essential oil, extracted from the rind of oranges, is a great energizer and mood booster. It also has a very clean smell, which makes me love diffusing it when people are coming over to work or have a meeting.
Another citrus, lemon essential oil is quite similar to orange essential oil. The scent of lemon can help us concentrate and stay alert, which is great for getting work done. Some teachers even use it in classrooms to help kids stay focused during tests.
Rosemary essential oil perks us up and can improve memory and other brain functions. Take it from me though: DON’T diffuse rosemary essential oil with lemon essential oil or your house will smell like there’s a chicken roasting in the oven. And that just makes me hungry, which is no bueno for productivity.
Eucalyptus essential oil is special because it is soothing and rejuvenating at the same time. It’s also a stress reliever, and honestly, it is one of my go-to aromatherapy fragrances for anything and everything.
If working from home can easily turn into chaos, multitasking, tense Zoom calls or phone conversations, geranium essential oil can save the day. It is a centering and spiritual essential oil that creates a peaceful atmosphere. I don’t know about you, but I am most productive when I am at peace.
Want some WFH essential oil blend recipes to try?
You can always diffuse just one essential oil at a time, but one of the most potent and fun ways to work with essential oils is to try different combinations.
Click on the button below to download my favorite work-from-home essential oil blends using the six essential oils listed above.