10 Essential oils for working from home

Use these essential oils to stay focused and productive when you’re working from home!
10 Essential oils for working from home

Working from home is better with essential oils!

It’s convenient—but working from a home office does come with some challenges. You’ll need to be self-disciplined to stay productive, and avoid distractions that might not be present in an office. A few drops of certain essential oils can help with all of this!

Essential oils for working from home

Some of these issues are just as prevalent if you work in an office.

However, you might not want to use essential oils the same way around co-workers as you can when you’re working from home. For example, running an essential oil diffuser in your office might not be practical, since your colleagues may not want to smell the essential oils (and you might not be aware of each person’s safety needs). In that case, an essential oil inhaler would be a better option. No one will smell the essential oils but you! If you work in an office, just be conscientious of those around you when using essential oils.

That said, a lot of these essential oil suggestions will help you stay focused and productive wherever you work.

Let’s look at 10 best essential oils for working from home! (Then we’ll share a few recipes!)

The essential oils and recipes in this post are tailored for home workers, but can be just as helpful for office workers.

10 Essential oils for working from home

1. Balsam Fir Oil (Abies balsamea)

Like a brisk walk in the woods, balsam fir’s fresh, woodsy aroma creates a steady flow of energy through your body and mind. Use balsam fir essential oil to refresh your focus as you’re completing a project, or to feel inspired as you’re beginning a brand new one.

2. Basil Sweet Oil (Ocimum basilicum ct Linalool)

Use a few drops of herbaceous, anise-like basil (sweet) essential oil to clear your head. It can help you overcome mental tension and settle into a peaceful, productive frame of mind.

3. Cardamom Oil (Elettaria cardamomum)

An excellent essential oil for motivation and mental focus, cardamom has a sweet, warm, spicy aroma with hints of camphor. Cardamom essential oil can also boost your confidence, so it’s a great choice if you’re giving a presentation.

4. Cedarwood Oil (Juniperus virginiana)

One of the more grounding essential oils for working from home, cedarwood’s soft, woodsy scent can create stillness in a wandering mind. Combine it with the other essential oils in this list to bring steadiness and patience to your essential oil blends.

5. Juniper Berry Oil (Juniperus communis)

Reach for juniper berry when boredom starts to set in during work! It shakes up stagnant energy, adding more enthusiasm to your projects. Its piney, fresh, sharp aroma also helps provide relief from emotional stress.

6. Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia)

Citrus essential oils are some of your strongest natural allies for mood boosting! Like lemon essential oil, lime oil’s bright, fruity scent helps you stay upbeat as the workday progresses. Use citrus oils to fill your day with positive energy and improve mood.

7. Orange Sweet Oil (Citrus sinensis)

Just like lime oil, orange (sweet) oil helps elevate your spirit! Its warm, sparkly scent banishes low energy and boredom, so you can stay positive and interested in your work.

8. Peppermint Oil (Mentha x piperita)

Peppermint oil has a refreshing presence sparks a lively sense of awareness! It sweeps away low energy. Peppermint essential oil sharpens mental clarity with its crisp, penetrating aroma, and its sweet notes can bring a smile to your face while you’re working from home. Maximize concentration with peppermint oil when you're having trouble focusing.

9. Ravintsara Oil (Cinnamomum camphora 1,8 cineole)

Ravintsara essential oil helps your mind cut through distractions and stay focused, giving you a fresh infusion of clear thinking when a project starts to feel slow-going or difficult. Its invigorating, refreshing scent may remind you of eucalyptus or tea tree! Improve focus and reduce stress using ravintsara essential oil.

10. Rosemary ct Camphor Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor)

One of the most famous essential oils for productivity, rosemary essential oil has been used since ancient times. Its fresh, herbal aroma can sharpen the mind, build strong concentration, and spark the motivation to meet work deadlines without mental fatigue. It really is an ideal oil for dealing with the challenges of mixing home life and work life with mental clarity.

DIY Aromatherapy recipes for working from home

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Try these simple yet effective DIY aromatherapy recipes to make the most out of your at-home office. Crafted by Aromatics International's in-house aromatherapists, these recipes contain the essential oils listed above, along with a few other oils. Have fun blending!

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Karen Williams


Hi, my name is Karen Williams. As a professional aromatherapist, I love to create amazing blends that inspire and promote a healthier lifestyle. I got my start many years ago as a registered nurse working in the hospital system. But along the way I knew something was missing. I wanted to help people more holistically. Then, I discovered essential oils, and my approach to life changed forever. Now, I’ve made it my mission to share what I’ve learned about aromatherapy with my friends, family, and the world. Because - life is so much better with health, happiness, and community. 

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