Whether you’re feeling anxious or you can’t quite clear that foggy head of yours, aromatherapy might just hold the solution. Aromatherapy oils don’t just relax the muscles and smell good, they also offer a powerful solution to many mind-related issues such as stress and depression.
The power of essential oils
Breathing in aromatherapy oils activates the brain and the area of the brain that controls your emotions, through the olfactory nerve. It’s this nerve that’s responsible for smell and located near the hippocampus, which controls both memory and emotions. Your central nervous system is also stimulated upon breathing in essential oils, the part of your brain that monitors your internal organs and transmits signals to your glands and muscles.
The mind-body connection
Using aromatherapy to relax your mind also offers a whole host of other benefits. As your mind is connected to your body – influencing the activities in your body – relieving your mind can also prevent stress-related body responses from occurring. These include:
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Increased fuel consumption
- Increased perspiration
You’ll probably recognise many of these symptoms, as well as an impaired immune system function after a bout of stress. As aromatherapy helps to keep stress at bay, it can also enhance your overall health and wellbeing.
The best aromatherapy combinations for your mind
Want to experience the power of aromatherapy for yourself? Easing your mind with aromatherapy is easy, all you need is a pre-blended oil, carefully blended scented candle, or a selection of aromatherapy oils with relaxing properties.
Here are some of our favourite combinations…
To reinvigorate your mind
You can try Joy scented candles, our upbeat and bright scented candle full of mind-boosting ingredients, including citrus oils, musk, rose, lily and iris.
For peace and calm
You can also try Nocturne scented candles, one of our most calming and beautiful scented candles to-date. With its clever combination of sandalwood, amber, patchouli, vetiver and clove, it’s the perfect accompaniment for a relaxing evening.
For a good night’s sleep
You can also switch off with Still scented candles, our ultimate bedtime scent. With ingredients like lavender, geranium, and chamomile, it’s sure to soothe and relax your mind, body and soul.
Other oils known for their calming properties include rose, frankincense, bergamot, vetiver, geranium, and ylang ylang.
You can also add these essential oils to the floor of your shower for a fabulous essential oil steam; mix a few drops of your favourite calming essential oil to a body cream for a relaxing blend; or book yourself in for a treat-worthy aromatherapy massage.