Many educators and school administrators are unfamiliar with the potential benefits that aromatherapy can yield in the classroom. This is unfortunate, as studies have shown that the power of scent can so strongly affect our moods (no matter our age) and that aromatherapy has the potential to help create a calmer environment which helps to facilitate learning. Here is more about how educational institutions, including schools and universities, can benefit from incorporating clean, safe cold-air nebulizing oil diffusion techniques in their classrooms and other campus buildings.
The Truth About Aromatherapy, Essential Oils and the Classroom Environment
Aromatherapy has gained popularity in recent years, which overall has been a remarkable thing that has benefitted countless numbers of people. Offices worldwide are now using diffusers to help achieve a calmer and more productive workplace, while commercial businesses have reaped in greater profits through the use of targeted ‘scent branding’. There’s no denying that scent is powerful, and that essential oils are a remarkable tool, but there’s also been a potential drawback to their popularity in that finding reliable information regarding their use has started to become rather confusing. Bloggers and influencers tout the use of oils for everything from medicinal cure-alls to all sorts of so-called ‘woo.’
Research, however, does suggest that certain scents are more than just pleasing to the senses. They can also help provide relief from anxiety and enhance relaxation, while also reducing discomfort in a variety of ways. In one classroom-based study conducted in Germany, it was found that children across various grade levels reported feeling calmer and happier when oils were diffused, and that student attentiveness and performance also improved. While more studies are needed to definitively prove the benefits of aromatherapy in the classroom, these are certainly some positive indicators that educators consider.
Essential Oils and Diffusing 101
Essential oils used for aromatherapy purposes must be extracted in their most pure and intact state. This can be challenging given how volatile the chemical composition of these oils tends to be. It all begins when various parts of selected plants are crushed to extract and separate the oils found within, and then continues through a process of careful distillation. During each step in the process it is important that the oils are not altered through heat or contamination, or the chemical profile of the oil could be damaged. The final product is a highly concentrated substance that may be inhaled or diffused for best results, and which should never be taken internally unless under the guidance of a trained professional.
The best type of diffusers to use in the classroom are cold-air nebulizing diffusers. Because oils are so sensitive to heat, the use of a cold-air diffuser will help ensure that the scent remains in its purest state as it is dispersed through the air. Through nebulization, only a very fine mist is produced, which leaves behind no residue and which maintains a consistent scent when used day in and day out.
Smart Tips for Diffusing in Schools
Teachers can diffuse pure, cold-pressed essential oils in the classroom as a way to help improve student productivity and mood. Calming scents in particular are an excellent choice, as learning occurs best in a calm and collected space. Examples of these include:
- Ylang Ylang
Vetiver, frankincense and mandarin in particular have the added benefit of aiding concentration, making these scents an especially useful tool to have on hand when distractions are an issue in the classroom.
The start of the new school year also happens to coincide with the beginning of cold and flu season, so it is also helpful to consider scents that help to keep air fresh and clean. Some of the best oils to diffuse for this purpose are:
Use an aroma blend with any one of these ingredients at the start of your school day and the air in your classroom will seem that much cleaner as students filter in and out throughout the morning and afternoon. These are a great alternative to more typical air freshening products, which may contain environmental toxins.
As with all matters regarding children’s well-being, it is usually a good idea to obtain parental consent before you begin diffusing in the classroom. You wouldn’t administer aspirin or another over-the-counter medication to a child without first checking with their parents or guardians, so the same considerations should be taken when it comes to diffusing oils as well. Although nebulizing diffusers only disperse a very fine mist of oil microparticles, you will want to make sure that there are no known allergies or sensitivities present beforehand, so following up with the school nurse is also a good idea.
Getting Started with AromaTech in the Classroom
The wide range of aroma oils and high-quality diffusers from AromaTech are a perfect way to begin using aromatherapy in the classroom environment at your school or other educational institution. The AroMini BT Diffuser is a powerful yet whisper-quiet scenting machine designed for use in small- to medium-sized spaces (up to 1,000 square feet), which makes it an ideal choice for most classrooms, libraries or study halls. As with all of our diffusers, this machine uses state-of-the-art cold-air nebulizing technology to disperse an ultrafine particle mist of your oil of choice. The programmable controls give educators the power to set a scenting schedule, such as an hour before children arrive or during lunch breaks, as well as the ability to effortlessly control the intensity of your chosen aroma. Other excellent diffuser choices include the AromaCube, which disperses scent over a smaller 100-square foot area, for those who would like to only scent a section of a classroom or within a specific school office area.
All of our diffusers can be used with any 100 percent organic and pure AromaTech oil blend of your choice, allowing you to flexibly scent throughout the school year however you choose. There’s no easier way to safely incorporate the positive benefits of aromatherapy in your classroom or school environment. To learn more about how AromaTech can help your students achieve academic success, feel free to contact us at any time.