A great deal of scientific literature suggests that certain scents can influence mood, anxiety, immune function and even skin health. Lavender, for example, has known sleep-enhancing qualities. Other aromas that are linked to sensations of relaxation include rose, vanilla and lemongrass. Once essential oil is inhaled, nerves at the top of your nose carry it to the part of the brain that controls the heart rate, memory and hormone balance, among other things. Here are some of my favorite aromatherapy scents and how they can help you.
• Basil – Used to sharpen concentration and alleviate some symptoms of depression. (Note that basil aromatherapy should be avoided during pregnancy.)
• Black Pepper – Commonly used for stimulating circulation, it can also aid in muscle cramping and soreness.
• Eucalyptus – Usually combined with peppermint, eucalyptus helps provide relief of congestion associated with the cold or flu.
• Jasmine – This scent is widely used for its calming effects. It is also said to have aphrodisiac qualities.
• Lavender – Primarily used to help people relax, it is also thought to relieve headache and migraine symptoms and help with insomnia.
• Lemon Oil – This scent helps to lift the spirits and mood. It is also thought to aid in reducing stress and depression.
• Yarrow Oil – Useful in combating cold and flu symptoms, it is also used to reduce joint inflammation.
Now inhale deeply. Don’t you feel better?