Face masks are here for the foreseeable future, but from here on in it doesn’t have to be a totally uncomfortable or annoying experience.

Leading Dublin Aromatherapy brand, Yoghanda, has come to us with an idea that is really quite genius, and it might help those out there who feel anxious wearing a face covering.

Yogandha founder Sinead Duffy has explained to us the concept of harnessing the powers of essential oil blends to transform the experience of wearing a face mask.

Pic: Yogandha Founder, Sinead Duffy

Sinead says, ‘Some of the unpleasantness is people feel they can’t breathe. Wearing a face mask, even for short periods of time, can make you feel claustrophobic and induce anxiety. For others, it’s the smell of the mask that can be off-putting and uncomfortable – especially when your own recycled breath is added to the mix.’

She suggests that adding an essential oil blend along the perimeter of reusable face masks can greatly affect your mood and enhance the whole experience.

Sinead also tells us that a university hospital in San Antonio, Texas recently completed a study using aromatherapy oils for face masks and found that not only did hospital staff report it smelt better, but it supported the respiratory system and helped create a sense of calm when wearing.

Pic: Essential Oil Diffuser/Shutterstock

Users of essential oils will know they can induce different emotional responses, from calming anxiety, relaxing a frazzled mind, or alternatively to evoke happiness, vitality, or as a mood-booster.

Yogandha has long sold rollerball essential oil blends that can be used directly on the skin (singular essential oils are used generally for inhalation or in diffusers). All of Yogandha’s beauty is vegan, cruelty-free, and made in Ireland, each product also comes with a ‘how-to’ video on their uses.

Three of her bestsellers include Ground – mindful Sandalwood and calming Frankincense to bring a little stillness into daily life, Salute – zesty Grapefruit and uplifting Bergamot gives you a real boost, and Balance – divine Jasmine and toning Cypress brings balance, particularly hormonally.

Pic: Yogandha Roll-On Trio

Sinead says, ‘We recommend wearing a reusable fabric mask both for environmental reasons and for comfort. Our three roll-ons have three specific mind-body benefits: Ground (calming), Salute (uplifting), and Balance. I’d love people to have a quick check-in with how they’re feeling, what they need – apply and breathe.’

As avid fans of the power of aromatherapy in our homes and for self-care, this idea is genius, especially if wearing face masks makes you feel claustrophobic or irritated.

Individually Yogandha sells each 10ml rollerball essential oil blend for €19.99, but the set of all three full-size (10ml) bottles is a great value deal at €51.99. See more of Sinead’s gorgeous aromatherapy line for bath, body, and mind here.

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