Chill out! Healing aromatherapy scents to have in your home to relieve stress of COVID-19 crisis
Certain scents can do wonders for relieving stress.
In these uncertain times, we can all use a little help unwinding from a long work day and/or homeschooling our children.
Candles, diffusers and sachets in soothing aromas are more important now than ever. FEMAIL reveals the best healing aromatherapy scents to have in your home.
Self care: In these uncertain times, we can all use a little help unwinding from a long work day and/or homeschooling our children
Left: Asutra Pure Soothing Comfort Aromatherapy Mist, $14.99; asutra.com. Right: MYARO 12 Packs Lavender Scented Sachets for Drawer and Closet, $12.97; amazon.com
Relieve stress: Candles, diffusers and sachets in soothing aromas like lavender are important to have in our homes
When we smell lavender, we feel a sense of calm, and that’s why it’s most commonly used in aromatherapy.
Essential oils from lavender are believed to help promote wellness, reduce stress and anxiety and treat different ailments, including depression and insomnia.
Its name derives from the Latin ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash.’
Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and people are experiencing it around the world during the spread of COVID-19.
A Japanese study revealed that smelling rosemary caused people to produce more saliva, which led to a significant decrease in the production of the stress hormone cortisol.
The name Rosemary derives from the Latin words ‘ros’ (dew) and ‘marinus’ (sea), which means ‘dew of the Sea.’
Rosemary can be found in it’s natural form at the grocery store and in many beauty and home goods.
Sniff and smile: Smelling lemon (through a beauty product or the fruit) is an instant mood booster
Left: Williams Sonoma Fortnum & Mason English Peppermint Infused Tea, $18.95; williams-sonoma.com. Right: LAFCO chamomile lavender bedroom classic reed diffuser, $48; bluemercury.com
Jasmine has been used in Asia for centuries as a natural remedy from depression and emotional distress.
Research shows that the scent directly impacts GABA (chief inhibitory neurotransmitter) which results in the calming of the nerves.
Peppermint has many healing properties. It has been used to treat headaches and some research suggests it helps with nausea and inflammation.
Smelling lemon (through a beauty product or the fruit) is an instant mood booster. Studies show that the refreshing aroma combats stress and eases depression and anxiety.
It’s no secret that Chamomile tea relaxes the mind and body. It is often consumed at night because it acts like a mild tranquilizer.
The smell eases emotions, muscles, and even brain waves.
Vanilla is a common ingredient in perfumes but it’s also used in aromatherapy products for its ability to reduce hyperactivity and restlessness. Bottom line — it mellows you out.