Most self care products contain some type of fragrance or scent that has been added for the consumer’s pleasure.  The range is huge and oftentimes the term “fragrance” refers to a host of other things which may be harmful.  However, scientifically proven, a fragrance or scent from essential oils can change your mood, lift your spirit, give you clarity, help you relax .  In these stressful times, we need to be finding ways to help ourselves sink deeper into gratitude, peace, relaxation, etc.  Here are some aromas that can really boost your mood! 

Lemongrass’s refreshing scent makes it a valuable aromatherapeutic oil. Its clean, calming, and awakening aroma helps relieve stress, anxiety, irritability and insomnia, and prevent drowsiness.

Lavender has been a proven ingredient to reduce anxiety and stress and particularly when combined with a citrus scent can really improve mood. Lavender is also great for unwinding when you are getting ready for bed.

Sandalwood has a sweet, leathery, and woody aroma to it and is often used for meditation, due to its grounding and mood-enhancing properties. 

Ylang Ylang is another scent that reduces anxiety but also has shown to improve self esteem as well when applied topically or inhaled. It also contains antiinflammatory properties.

Chamomile, like lavender, has calming properties and can be used as a sedative. It also can sooth negative emotions and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. 

Clary Sage oil contains linalyl acetate, which is a powerful chemical component that contributes greatly to the oil’s relaxing, balancing, and soothing properties when used aromatically and internally. 

Fragrances like peppermint, lemon, orange, grapefruit, rosemary, cinnamon are all essential oils that awaken the body.  These have properties that stimulate as well as fight exhaustion and mental fatigue. 

Essential oils from Doterra or other brands are great by themselves for boosting and curbing your mood whether inhaling, ingesting, or applying topically; however, the key is making sure any fragrance listed in your self care products are essential oils which would be called out exactly what they are- lavender, lemongrass, etc. .  Look for the not ambiguous term “fragrance” which likely means a combo of multiple things the manufacturer or brand is not required to call out; and, furthermore, you could be at risk for phthalates or other toxic ingredients.  Thyrst Beauty products have a combo of grapefruit lavender and some hints of lemongrass and rosemary for a fresh, relaxed, and calming scent.  Pick your poison for what you need when you need it just do your homework.

Written by Allyson Welch
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