(Inspired by Julia
Over the last few years the aromatherapy
of one's surroundings has become something to be taken into
consideration by companies in terms of work psychology, the
prevention of work-related illnesses and activity.
Essential oils do not only protect us from
infectious diseases; it has been shown that they can also affect
the efficiency of workers. They not only feel better in general,
but are able to think more clearly and positively and even react
with more intuition (Dr. Barron, Perdue Univ. Indiana). In Japan,
Shimizu, the third biggest construction company in the country,
places diffusers in the air conditioning ducts of the buildings
that it constructs. It also suggests which essences to use according
to the type of building. For example anti-stress for offices,
anti-bacteria for hospitals, relaxing essences for train and metro stations, etc.
Shimizu's faith in the perfuming of the workplace
with aromatherapy essential oils is justified by the results
of research carried out by Takasago, Japan's biggest producer
of fragrances. The research shows that people working with computers
made 54% fewer typing errors when the workplace was perfumed
with lemon; 33% fewer with jasmine; and lavender.
Another aspect of perfuming our surroundings
is that of the purifying effect of certain essential oils. The
anti-bacterial, antiviral, fungicidal effects help to reduce
the negative effects caused by air-conditioning systems such
as allergies, respiratory diseases. They also reduce the possibility
of being infected by contagious diseases which are propagated
by close contact in offices, schools, shops, etc.
Some essences even have an ionising effect,
reducing the ever growing problem of static electricity caused
by the increase in the number of computers and other office
equipment. The overcharged air created by these appliances can
lead to tension, aggressiveness, stress or the psychosomatic
symptoms familiar to VDU operators. With regard to this consult
"VDU Hazard Handbook" from the Londoner Trust.
Perfuming the workplace leads to an improvement
in the "psychological surroundings, having a positive effect
on both workers and customers. Indeed, it is capable of improving
both productivity and sales. Aromatherapy in the workplace is
an investment in the human resources of a company, protecting
the workforce both physically and psychologically. Perfuming
the workplace effectively makes it more human and it shouldn't
surprise us that the essences which help to protect us from
infections, ionise (negatively) and reduce stress are those
obtained fro trees (cypress, pine, rosewood). Their fragrances
bring into the workplace the well-known benefits forests.
The future of aromatherapy in the workplace
is closely linked to the way in which our attitudes to work
are changing. Good working conditions are no longer seen as
something desired by the workers but as an essential condition
for the company.
Via del Profumo" offers a range of
aromatherapy fragrances for businesses,
shops and studios.
See also "
Fragrant marketing" and "The
For practicing Aromatherapy
at the workplace see the Aromatherapy
La Via del Profumo - Via Indipendenza 538 - 47854 Montecolombo (RN)