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Occupational Oils for the Working Man and Woman

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Our working environment is usually the place over which we have least control . Fluorescent lights bear down on us as we work, already red-eyed from the inadequate air-conditioning system. The man two desks away has got a bad case of flu and can't stop sneezing. The woman between you is smoking.

The air in the office is stale, and getting staler. You have a headache, feel tired, your ears are blocked and there is pressure in your head. Look at the clock .. only five hours and twenty -two minutes more of trying to look efficient and bright.But sitting in a modern office, even looking into a flickering VDU screen all day, is not the most hazardous way of spending one's working life.

Traffic police and city taxi drivers breathe in more than their fair share of lead pollution; farm workers have high exposure to pesticides; various industrial dusts cause all manner of lung problems, from bronchitis to pneumoconiosis and asbestosis and the new 'hard metal disease'. The factory lines produce more Repetitive Strain Syndrome than Wimbledon produces tennis elbow, and young commodity brokers are literally burnt out by thirty.

Later on in this chapter we shall be looking at remedies for many of the common illnesses that derive directly from the working environment - including the emotional ones - and finding ways of dealing with pre-exam or pre-interview nerves. But let us first cheer ourselves up by looking at some of the essential oils that can transform the working environment and make it fit for the working man and woman.

OILS TO CLEAR BACTERIA AND VIRUSES OILS TO COMBACT STALE AIR OILS TO HELP CONCENTRATION
LAVENDER  LEMON  BASIL 
ROSEMARY  LAVENDER  BERGAMOT 
TEA TREE  ROSEMARY  CARDAMOM 
NIAOULI  GRAPEFRUIT  GRAPEFRUIT 
EUCALYPTUS radiata  EUCALYPTUS LEMON   
CYPRESS  CYPRESS   
BERGAMOT     

Reference: The Fragrant Pharmacy: Valerie Anne Worwood