Saturday, March 19, 2016


Aromatherapy- scents that can change and enhance your mood. 

Some use this as a form of therapy and some as an alternative medicine. Other people just like to have essential oils or candles burning around their homes, wear a perfume or use body products that contain the oils or bathe in them. You can also book facials, massages and other beauty treatments that include essential oils and aromatherapy. However you like to use it, there are said to be a few benefits from certain scents. I have picked 5 for each of the following...

Depression Roman chamomile, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, bergamot, rose

Anger Management Orange, bergamot, jasmine, neroli, rose

Stress Lavender, frankincense, rose, chamomile, vanilla

Anxiety Bergamot, basil, clary Sage, frankincense, palmarosa

Sleep Lavender, ylang ylang, bergamot, sandalwood, cedarwood

Happiness Citrus, pine, jasmine, vanilla, lavender

How do I use some of these scents?

Some of the scents I use above in the way mentioned and others I use because I like the smell and having them in products and around my home means that I enjoy using them or being in that place. I like my bubble bath, hair products and body washes to be either honey or coconut. I find them very soothing, uplifting and good for my skin. I have a number of candles and reed diffusers around my home that include scents like sea-salt, vanilla, bergomont, jasmine, orange, rose and chamomile.

I have herbal teas that contain some of the citrus flavours and chamomile that I drink to relax me before bed.

I have an orange and bergamot hand wash, orange hand sanitiser in my bag and an orange or honey hand cream that I keep at home and in my bag. When I had an anxiety attack I used to use the hand sanitiser for the smell as it helped switch my attention onto my senses and away from the panic.

I have soaps that contain citrus scents and chamomile. An aromatherapy pillow spray designed to aid sleep and relaxation. The different perfumes I have include orange, bergamot, citrus, sandalwood, cedarwood and ylang ylang. And to top it all off I often have roses in my kitchen and make sure I smell them when I walk past as the smell really brightens me.

Some of these maybe linked to aromatherapy and others maybe linked to a happy memory or place. I love the smell of tropical scented sun cream as it reminds me of a holiday in France, roses remind me of making perfume in my Grandma's garden, cedarwood was in my dads aftershave, oranges were my favourite snack at school when I was small. IF you have a scent that links to something special try using that to lift your mood and evoke happy thoughts.

As with all products you may find some of these don't work well on your skin, I know I can't use anything that contains lavender. Even though these scents may help there are some I just don't like the smell of so they don't help me completely as I find them unpleasant and not relaxing. It's a bit of trial and error to find what you like and get the benefit from. 

What aromatherapy do you use and in what form?

Much love,



Steven Williams said...

I know for me a scent can lift my mood. My family had a vacation home out in the woods. There were a lot of pine trees around. To this day the smell of pine can have a very calming effect on me.

Becky said...

That sounds like a great retreat. Holiday smells definitely make me smile :)