Stress is such a regular part of our day-to-day lives that we don’t even pay attention to it that much. We just learn how to live with it and occasionally do things that help ease it, if only temporarily. There are many ways to reduce stress, such as yoga, a proper diet, exercise, and meditation, but did you know that scents may also help you feel better? Sometimes, because they’re so powerful, they evoke pleasant and even forgotten memories. Depending on how you feel, it helps to know which ones to surround yourself with.
Here are five scents that will improve your physical and mental well-being:
As you age it may affect your concentration levels, and while that isn’t your fault, there are things you can do to stay sharp and focused even in advanced age. Reading, walking and staying busy doing productive and meaningful activities are proven ways to stay sharp, but did you know that the scent of peppermint has been found to boost your concentration? In addition, studies have shown that peppermint is antiviral, anti-fungal provides relief from respiratory problems and is effective for IBS symptoms. You can use peppermint essential oil as an air-freshener, for a massage and even as a deodorant.
Peppermint is also commonly found in toothpaste, mouthwashes, and chewing gums, which also makes it an excellent breath-freshener. Mint tea is one of the quickest and most delicious remedies for an upset stomach. There are no official studies to confirm it, but next time you have minor digestive difficulties, feel free to make yourself a cup of tea and see how you feel.
The queen of all scents, the lavender scent has been known to be helpful for treating depression and anxiety. It’s enormously soothing, which makes it a great aid for better sleep and to aid with insomnia. If you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, try using a homemade lavender air freshener or simply spray a bit of lavender oil and watch it work its magic. Because it has such a lovely aroma, it’s no wonder that lavender is often found in fragrances and other cosmetic products.
Sometimes it can be found in food and baked goods but is often consumed mixed into tea, which can be helpful in treating nausea. For better sleep, try drinking a cup of lavender infused tea before bedtime.
Scents that come from the citrus family are most notable for boosting energy and increasing alertness. Aromas such as lemon and orange smell wonderful too, and, as we all know, are rich in vitamin C, which will give you numerous health benefits. It’s also a common ingredient in pretty much every designer women’s perfume, so next time when you’re browsing beauty stores for a new scent, try one that has a citrus scent.
If you’re feeling tired and need a pick me up, a citrus scent will make you feel energized and refreshed! Its fragrance is light and casual but still elegant, so you can wear it to sports activities like tennis and running as well as a formal affair.
Depression is a serious condition, and we all need to talk about it in order to end the stigmatization of mental illness, especially in older women. If you feel you are suffering from depression, please look for professional help. And if you’re getting treatment, that’s even better! In addition to therapy, you can always turn to alternative self-care techniques to lift your mood. The scent of Jasmine has been found helpful in reducing depression, especially when used in aromatherapy massage.
Jasmine has been found to have similar calming effects as prescription depressants but without the side effects and risk of addiction. Jasmine oil is also useful in treating insomnia, anxiety, low libido, and menstrual cramps.
Vanilla is probably one of the most overused scents in the world, and for a reason. Besides smelling lovely, it can also elevate your mood and soothe irritation. Just one sniff of vanilla bean can immediately make you feel happiness and joy. One of the best ways to enjoy the scent of vanilla is to use aromatic candles. Whenever you feel like you could use some me-time, light a vanilla candle and prepare yourself a relaxing bath. Or use vanilla essential oil in an infuser. It’s a great way to soothe your mind and strengthen your immune system. And of course, there’s nothing sweeter than a smell (and taste) of vanilla ice-cream on a hot summer day!
These five scents will undeniably help you feel better, both physically and emotionally. If you have respiratory issues or other health concerns, make sure to consult your physician prior to using any of these scents, in any shape or form. Also, make sure you’re not allergic to any of them, so you won’t have an adverse reaction. You may also want to try other scents until you find what works best and is most enjoyable for you.