How to create an inspiring workspace.
By Danielle Tinkler.
On average, we spend about a third of our week (if not more) working. So it makes perfect sense for us to want to make our workspaces as appealing and inspiring as possible for all to enjoy – and by all, I mean for ourselves, our employees, our clients, and the general public.
So what if you could take a few natural ingredients, and use these remedies to make your space as desirable as it can be? Sharen Turner from Secret Scent Aromatherapy has given us a handful of useful tips to share with you that are all workplace friendly, and guaranteed to awaken the senses by using the powerful aromas of essential oils.
So first up, if you want to increase productivity, alertness or concentration - or you are putting in long hours at the office, try a blend of Basil, Lemon and Rosemary in either an oil burner or vaporiser.
Or if you are not sure about mixing these oils yourself, you can use one ready-made by Secret Scent that Sharen has expertly blended for you, called Focus. This blend claims to assist in sharpening your perception, as well as enhancing your memory, and fighting fatigue when you need it most.
If you work in an environment where tensions and emotions run high, and there are high levels of stress, then you can ease this tension by adding a few drops each of Bergamot, Neroli, and Rose Geranium in you burner or vaporiser.
Sharen has blended these three together perfectly in a ready to use vial called Balance - or you can grab your own personal supply in a handy roll on pen that you can apply directly to your own pulse points (temples and wrists) in times of stress.
For those who are in the process of writing (or re-writing) your business plan, re-branding, or launching a new product, idea or service - then try a combination of Frankincense, Rose, Neroli, Patchouli, Geranium, Mandarin & Lavender. Or as Sharen calls this in her own unique blend - Samsara.
This blend is said to aid in the positive flow of life, to keep you on the right path, and helps determine the outcome of your future destiny. A must have aroma for all start up’s – as who doesn’t want a little extra help from nature to keep your business on track!
To reduce any negative energy in your workplace or office space, Sharen has developed a fabulous room spray named Sacred Chi. The delightful aromas of Rosemary, Sage, Lemon Myrtle and Juniper not only transforms bad vibes, and encourages good Feng shui, but it also acts as a lovely and fresh room deodoriser - all in an easy to use pump pack. Sacred Chi is also available ready-blended for your burner if you prefer the aroma to be a little longer lingering, however with the ease of use that the pump pack gives me, I just can’t go past it.
The next blend that Sharen has introduced me to is perfectly timed right now for these unexpected cold snaps that we keep having, as well as helping out with any springtime hayfever. Add a mix of Eucalyptus, Lemon Myrtle, Peppermint and Thyme to your oil burner (or even splashed onto a tissue in your top pocket) to help ward off any nasties related to colds and flu when people are sick and coming into your office. This blend also creates antibacterial properties that help stop the spread of germs. Secret Scent has put the perfect blend together for you, with their recipe that is aptly named Breathe Easy.
So if your workspace deals with children, the public, or if you are in close proximity for people to share their wonderful germs with you, then try this little wonder!
And lastly it’s my personal favourite - a blend designed completely with any up-to-the-minute Girl Boss in mind. Burn a delicious combination of Rose Geranium, Lemon Myrtle, and Pink Grapefruit to evoke feelings that are emotionally balancing, yet still uplifting. This is a blend that helps promote positivity, optimism and confidence, and is sure to put you on the right path for the day.
I have always found Rose Geranium to be a powerful oil for me in terms of my own emotional wellbeing and confidence. And so appropriately named too - Urban Goddess. I can just visualize this blend wafting through the offices of entrepreneurial powerhouses such as the likes of Lisa messenger, Gabrielle Bernstein, and Sophia Amoruso #girlboss
Or as an alternative to burning this blend for the whole room to experience, sprinkle a little on a tissue and wear it tucked into your bra just above your heart. It will lift your self-confidence, and keep you smiling every time you move and catch the scent. It will keep your positive attitude in check, and you can use this to your advantage just as I do – as your little secret weapon for personal success!
So there we have it, just a few simple ideas that can help set the vibe and intention of your workplace. By using a few drops of the earth’s natural remedies, you too can make your personal workspace feel inspirational. Of course as with all remedies, natural or otherwise – please use with caution if you have any medical conditions such as epilepsy, if you are taking any other medications, or if you are pregnant (or trying to conceive). But other than that, enjoy!
Sharen Turner is a qualified Aromatherapist and Feng Shui Practitioner boasting skills, training and experience that has spanned over 18 years, both in Australia and abroad.
Based in the southern suburbs of Sydney, this “urban bohemian” thrives on the values of honesty, integrity, and giving back to the community. Her favourite things include ocean dips to cleanse the aura, quality coffee to start the day, and of course, her mum!
You can get in touch with Sharen via her website, Secret Scent Aromatherapy.