Breathe in, breathe out. Delight your senses and calm your nerves while you’re at it.
Did you know inhaling essentials oils, either through spray mists or diffusers, stimulate the olfactory system? The olfactory system involves the brain and nose. The nose collects molecules in the air and sends impulses to the brain to decipher. Different scents can affect the brain differently, thereby affecting our physical bodies, and mental and emotional well-being.
Here are a few popular essential oils and their benefits both physically and emotionally:
Lavender. Probably one of the most widely used herbs/oils and for good reason. Breathing in lavender can be incredibly relaxing! Next time you feel anxious or worried, try diffusing or spraying some lavender and see how much better you feel in minutes! Also, lavender is great for helping you fall asleep. It helps with migraines and headaches. It is also shown to help with respiratory issues like coughs and colds, even asthma and bronchitis. It aids in digestion as well! Lavender is an all-around go-to oil. I highly recommend keeping some around at all times!
Peppermint. Another amazing oil! Peppermint is known to help clear the sinuses. Applied topically (diluted of course) it is wonderful for pain relief (especially on the temples for headache). A few sniffs of this oil can help with alertness and focus. Peppermint oil is a great pick-me-up to fight off fatigue, and great for nausea and assists in digestion. Additionally peppermint can help the immune system due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
Citrus oils. Lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit are wonderful uplifting scents and can help immensely with depression and tiredness. Orange oil has a sedative effect and can assist in unwinding from a long, stressful day. Orange oil can also act as an aphrodisiac. Lemon oil can help with dizziness and alertness and aids in concentration and digestion. Any of these scents are immunity boosters and are wonderful for restless nights.
There are so many wonderful essential oils that can help you on many levels. You can sniff the oils straight from the bottle or buy a diffuser and let the steam fill the air. Either way, be prepared to have your senses tickled. Relaxation awaits you!