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Zen at work: 7 necessary essential oils

Spa lifestyle is about relax, renew and rejuvenate the body and mind. In this section 'Zen at work', inspired from the smart witty book “Office Spa” by Darrin Zeer, here are easy-to-do tips that will help you prevent stress with exercises stemmed from well-balanced nutrition, aromatherapy, acupressure, meditation, and reflexology.

This time, try the Aromatherapy!

This most ancient medicine can benefit all kind of small diseases. Here, Aromatherapy will help you ease the most frequent pains of the day-to-day office activities.

You may choose to buy calming roll-ons in nature specialized stores and pharmacies, like the Aesop Ginger Flight Therapy (above) to relieve jet lag.

You may also wish to prepare your own mixture of 4 to 6 drops blended with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (sweet almond, millepertuis, etc.), to apply in the neck, on temples, inside your wrists and clockwise on your abdomen.

To each ache corresponds distinct aromatic plants:

  • Migraine headaches: use a few drops of peppermint.

  • Cold snaps: blend drops of Eucalyptus and Ravensara.

  • Stomach pains: blend drops of Tarragon, Peppermint and Marjoram.

  • Fatigue and difficulty concentrating: blend drops of Peppermint and Ravensara.

  • Stress and depression: blend drops of Lavender, Chamomile and Marjoram.

More broadly, remember that these 7 essential oils can be ideally used while at work for specific health benefits:

  • Chamomile: great antistress, anti-nervous spasmodic pain, calms the nerves.

  • Eucalyptus: antiviral and antibacterial, supports the immune system, improves breathing, calms a runny nose, recommended for all ages (even babies and young children).

  • Lavender: antistress, anti-depression, anti-insomnia, anti-acne, stops the itching, healing and regenerating, favours blood circulation and activates lymph drainage.

  • Marjoram: extraordinarily soothing, calming and rebalancing.

  • Peppermint: aids digestion, pain-relieving, anti-nausea.

  • Ravensara: extra antiviral, clears respiratory tracts (bronchus, nose), reinforces the immune system.

  • Tarragon: treats allergy symptoms, anti-spasmodic (abdominal cramps, contractions, menstrual pains), soothes the digestion.

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