Essential Oils for Back to Work

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Have you returned to working at the office? Here are some essential oils to help you cope!

Stress and Anxiety

Maybe you can’t be happier about returning to the office. For others, after working at home for two years, there are so many things that can stress you out or make you anxious about returning to work: finding something to wear that still fits, traffic, parking or public transit, interruptions, huge increase in human interaction, masking or not masking, potential increase in exposure to COVID-19, loss of freedom or flexibility, etc.

Essential Oils: bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, helichrysum, jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, mandarin, manuka, Melissa, neroli, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, sweet orange, vetiver, yarrow, ylang ylang

Confidence and Courage

Maybe you need a boost of confidence or courage for that live presentation.

Essential Oils: bergamot, cardamom, cedarwood, clary sage, frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, marjoram, petitgrain, sweet orange, yarrow, ylang ylang

Mental Fatigue and Exhaustion

We can experience this when we’re trying to get caught up. As well, being social can be exhausting for introverts.

Essential Oils: cardamom, coriander seed, helichrysum, lavender, Melissa, rosemary, spearmint, tea tree


Unless you have an office door to close, you may find it difficult to concentrate with all that other noise.

Essential Oils: basil, cardamom, cedarwood, eucalyptus, galbanum, juniper berry, lemon, petitgrain, rosemary

Comfort and Security

If you worry about your future, or the increased chance of being exposed to COVID-19, the oils below will help ease your mind.

Essential Oils: black pepper, cedarwood, frankincense, geranium, myrtle, sandalwood,

If you have a scent-free office, there are still ways to use essential oils discreetly:

  • inhale the oil directly from the bottle and put the lid back on
  • put a couple of drops on a tissue and inhale
  • use an aromatherapy inhaler (the least obtrusive)

If you’re unsure about using your oils, talk to your surrounding coworkers, your boss or your HR representative.

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