Monday, November 9, 2015

Aromatherapy for Your Monday

In the cold darkness that is this morning, there is one smell that has made me things infinitely better: peppermint.  It woke me up, reminded me that the holidays were coming, and made the puffiness in my eyes feel less obvious, and it's an example of just how powerful aromatherapy can be.  So if you're feeling down or sad or tired lately--or just want a simple pick-me-up--maybe you should consider a little essential oil treatment, too.

Here are some of our favorite scents:
  • Clove
    • Clove has an intense, somewhat-minty scent.  It can be a bit irritating to skin, so be careful, but its essence will warm you and leave you feeling fresh. 
  • Eucalyptus
    • Eucalyptus is strong, woody, and has a bit of a bite to it, and it will wake you up and help you get started with your day.
  • Grapefruit
    • Grapefruit is one of my absolute favorites!  It is sweet with citrus notes, and it soothes, invigorates, and mood-boosts all at the same time.  It'll also leave you smelling amazing.
  • Ginger
    • Ginger is warming and a bit spicy, but it'll make you feel safe and at-home.  It can also help with nausea.
  • Lavender
    • Lavender is already pretty mainstream, and it's incorporated into a lot of popular moisturizers, creams, fresheners, and bedtime products.  But that's only because it works. Sweet, floral, and fresh, lavender calms you and helps you drift off into a peaceful sleep. I've found it also helps with headaches.
  • Lemon
    • Lemon is fresh and citrus-y.  Don't wear it on your skin (especially in sunlight) because it can burn, but smell it all you want.  It will brighten everything.
  • Mint
    • As I said before, mint is awesome.  It clears your airways (and your mind), and it's strong enough to stay with you for a while.  It also makes you feel light, cool, and peppy.
  • Rose
    • Sweet and light, rose will make you feel equal parts calm and goddess-like.
  • Vanilla
    • Think desserts. This scent will give you that serotonin-rush feeling your favorite vanilla sweets do, without the added sugar.
There are many more wonderful aromatherapy scents out there, and you can find some of them here.  

<3 Frances 

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