Improving the Work Environment With Aromatherapy

What if you could effectively improve the environment in your dental office with subtle wafts of a pleasant aroma? If this sounds appealing, then you should learn more about using pure aromatherapy in the office.

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What if you could effectively improve the environment in your dental office with subtle wafts of a pleasant aroma? If this sounds appealing, then you should learn more about using pure aromatherapy in the office.

Have you ever felt comforted when smelling cinnamon and vanilla in chocolate chip cookies? How about feeling refreshed when peeling an orange or grapefruit? If so, then you have already experienced aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is the utilization of pure essential oils, through massage or inhalation, for their psychological, pharmacological, and physiological actions.Essential oils are concentrated and highly potent. They are steam-distilled from petals, seeds, roots, flowering tops, leaves, twigs, grasses, peels, and whole plants. Each essential oil has its own unique aroma and characteristics.

Aromatherapy is no longer being used just for spa treatments and cosmetic products. It has found a valuable place in the dental office for stress-relief, quelling anxiety, enhancing productivity, and uplifting the mood. It has become more mainstream and widespread as consumers of essential oils are starting to recognize the benefits. Dental offices now use aromatherapy to calm anxious patients and, more importantly, to relax dentists and hygienists while performing procedures.

It is such a relaxing and calming experience for the patient when warm lavender scented towels are applied. But what about the staff? They are the workhorses hunched over at least eight patients a day, feeling tight in the shoulders, and maintaining stiff hands. They are the ones in dire need of relaxation!

Cara Schurman, a dental hygienist, utilizes aromatherapy in her operatory room and says, “I feel as though I am in a spa every day. It really helps me to drop my shoulders and relax while performing the procedures.”

Specific essential oils can truly help calm the mind (lavender or clary sage), balance the mood (geranium or mandarin), and enhance productivity, focus, and concentration (rosemary or peppermint). Many oils can also help to counteract mental fatigue, apprehension, fear, anxiety, irritability, tension, and stress.

In the dental office, aromatherapy can be experienced by using a maintenance-friendly Aroma-Stream vaporizer or an Aroma-Stone diffuser. A few drops of an essential oil or essential oil blend are applied to the diffuser or vaporizer. Those few drops can scent an 800 square foot space. This method is a simple, affordable, and safe way to help relieve daily stress and enhance work performance.


Enjoy the feeling of well-being and productivity by using essential oils or essential oil blends. You could start by diffusing one of the following effective essential oils:

Balancing: Bergamot, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Sandalwood
Calming: Chamomile Roman, Geranium, Mandarin
Energizing: Peppermint, Pine, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Rosemary, Thyme Linalol
Focus and Concentration: Cypress, Lemon, Lemongrass, Rosemary
Relaxing: Clary Sage, Lavender, Lemongrass, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang
Uplifting and Refreshing: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender, Mandarin, Orange

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