Because of the powerful way that essential oils influence the limbic region of our brain (our subconscious), they also help us to remain calm in the face of stressful situations. This can be incredibly helpful in a busy office environment, and prior to stress-filled work deadlines. Check this out! In a 2012 study, 40 men were put under pressure to complete a stressful test. The temporary elevation in their anxiety levels was measured. Scientists discovered that those who had been inhaling Orange Oil showed no increase in stress or anxiety. All the rest did! – Goes, T.C., Antunes, F.D., Alves, P.B. and Teixerira-Silva, F. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2012 Aug;18(8):798-804. The power of essential oils to calm our senses can be incredibly useful when your industry has the potential to create stress in your clients, such as for lawyers, dentists and doctors. For example, have you ever experienced anxiousness about a trip to the dentist? Take a look at this study: In 2005, scientists conducted an experiment involving 200 dental patients, aged 18 to 77. Half were men, half were women, divided into 4 groups. Each group was exposed to one of the following aromas: (1) Orange, (2) No Orange, (3) Lavender, (4) No Lavender. Both the aroma of Orange and the aroma of Lavender oil improved mood and reduced anxiousness in patients waiting for dental treatment. Scientists concluded that odors are capable of altering emotional states. – Lehrner, J, Marwinski, G, Lehr, S, Johren, P and Deecke, L, Physiology and Behavior, 2005 Sep 15;86(1-2):92-5.