The Power of Smell

by Jessica Delaney, Principal, Engagement + Communications

Recently, in training and workshops I have been facilitating, I have used essential oil roll-ons. I’ve made my own custom blends and have passed them around at different times for people to enjoy if they wish.

Some of my favourite blends include:

  • Focus Blend:                     Ylang ylang, chamomile, sandalwood, lime and frankincense
  • Grounding Blend:            Frankincense, chamomile. Spruce and wild orange
  • Invigorating Blend:         Bergamot, clementine, grapefruit, wild orange, lemon and lime

Different blends serve people differently based on the time of the day. Sometimes a focus blend is good first thing in the morning, while an invigorating blend helps in the afternoon.

None of the smells are so strong that people who are sensitive to scents notice them and typically it’s just a little dab at the wrists or behind the ears.

I know that bad smells really take away my focus. Conversely, a “good” smell can evoke calm and some positive self-awareness. Give me some lavender and I am right back in Provence; watermelon and I am in Mt. Tremblant; wild orange brings happy Thanksgiving memories.

As you think about ways to provide for your process participants, I’d encourage you to think about ways to provide “comfort” options for people to use as and when they choose.

Happy sniffing!