Most of us use fragrances to make sure we stay smelling great throughout the day, but they can also provide us a whole host of other benefits! Scents can improve our confidence, stimulate certain moods, and provide benefits like reducing stress, alleviating headaches, and so much more. To help you take full advantage of all the ways fragrance can improve your life, we’ve put together a list of five smells that you should always have on hand.
Besides its amazing scent, lavender essential oil can promote relaxation and relieve stress and tension. It is even believed to be able to help treat insomnia, depression, nausea, and menstrual cramps!
Peppermint scents, specifically peppermint essential oil, is believed to help treat headaches, muscle aches, itching, and joint pain when applied topically. When used as aromatherapy, it may help to treat colds and coughs, reduce pain, and even enhance mental functioning and reduce stress levels.
Eucalyptus essential oil may help to alleviate stuffy noses due to its antibacterial, antiviral, and fungicidal properties. It’s also believed to help ease pain from arthritis, work as a natural pain reliever, and promote feelings of calm and relaxation. The oil of lemon eucalyptus has even been found to help repel mosquitos!
Sandalwood essential oil has a whole host of benefits, from helping to promote mental clarity and relaxation to functioning as a natural aphrodisiac. It’s also anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-viral, and so some use it to treat eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Some even use it to combat scarring and wrinkles due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to nourish your skin and improve the elasticity of your skin cells.
Chamomile tea is notorious for its ability to ease us into a restful night’s sleep, but what about its essential oil counterpart? Chamomile essential oil also can help to promote sleep, ease anxiety, and even reduce feelings of anger. It may also help to ease digestive upset like gas, nausea, or indigestion. Some also use it to ease pain due to its anti-inflammatory qualities. It may also help heal small wounds like ulcers or sores, and ease painful skin conditions like rashes and eczema.
Before you give any of these scents a try, please remember to do your own research - each essential oil must be used differently. Some cannot be applied topically, others cannot be ingested, and some require the use of a carrier oil…just be sure to consult your doctor or healthcare professional before you begin your journey into the world of essential oils. Happy smelling!