Essential Oils to Use in Your Workspace

Here are some essential oils for you to diffuse around your workspace whether you’re working from home or back at the office. This can help deodorize and freshen up the work environment, improve mood and focus for enhanced work performance and productivity. In turn, this may help you to get through your day a little quicker, too.


Citrus essential oils (bergamot, lime, lemon, mandarin, orange etc.) can be dangerous to apply topically during the daytime due to their photosensitivity. Diffusing them is a much safer option. Most people tend to love the scent of citrus so it can double as a lovely air freshener, not to mention it can create an uplifting effect on the environment by giving a burst of energy and improving mood.


The cleansing and anti-bacterial properties of eucalyptus essential oil purifies the workspace to eliminate harmful airborne bacteria, strengthen the immune system and facilitate easier breathing. Furthermore, the refreshing and woody scent reduces mental exhaustion and sluggishness, while stimulating cognitive function for an improved state of concentration and clarity.


Essential oils from the mint family such as peppermint and spearmint leave an invigorating effect to the senses. It is excellent for giving a boost of energy to wake up the mind, relieve sluggishness, nausea, headaches and the expectorant properties can aid with nasal congestion. This, in turn, will improve focus and alertness, hence having a positive impact on work performance.

Juniper Berry

Juniper berry essential oil can assist in diminishing stress by promoting a sense of calmness, without making you feel sleepy as opposed to chamomile or lavender. While sleep is good, it’s definitely not ideal when you’re working. Additionally, it blends harmoniously with citrus essential oils to create a room mist and the cleansing properties are helpful in cleansing the air of airborne bacteria.


If you’re having a bad day at work, consider diffusing palmarosa essential oil. Its unique grassy and floral scent profile has a soothing effect on negative moods such as anger, fatigue, irritability, restlessness and stress. Its anti-viral properties are also beneficial to the respiratory system and for preventing infection. Additionally, you may use it as a substitute for other essential oils such as lemongrass, rose and geranium.


Rosemary essential oil is well known for enhancing cognitive function which is beneficial for one’s performance regardless whether it’s for work or other purposes. An increased cognitive function leads to increased concentration, awareness, better memory, better decision making and overall better work performance. This also makes it one of the best essential oils to use before an interview, a meeting or a presentation.

Hopefully these essential oils can assist you in your work by helping you stay calm and level headed in terms of overcoming challenges and obstacles in your workplace, while boosting elevating your mood and productivity. You may also use these essential oils at the end of your day to unwind (except for black pepper) or at the beginning of your day to perk you up before work.