Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. The list is endless.
Everything humans have needed to survive, and thrive, was provided by the natural world around us: food, water, medicine, materials for shelter, and even natural cycles such as climate and nutrients.
We often forget that the easiest solution is often near by, just reach :)
Tonight we want to remind you of 5 natural remedies (scents) to cure any woe out there, especially when it can get you unexpectedly during this Holiday season. And before you write aromatherapy off as hokey, hear us out: Apply the right fragrance to the right problem and the results are weirdly life changing. That’s nature for ya.
Here, five natural scents you should always have on hand for an immediate boost.
FOR STRESS: SNIFF LAVENDER
So you just spilled tomato soup on your favorite white blouse and are now panicking and dialing the dry cleaner and begging any stranger you see for a Tide pen. To instantly calm down, massage a few drops of oil onto your skin or mist the scent into the air and inhale. It’s known to calm the nervous system.
FOR TENSION HEADACHES: SNIFF PEPPERMINT
Deadlines. Excel sheets. Whatever is currently making your eyeballs cross, fight it off with peppermint oil. It contains menthol, a natural anesthetic that dulls pain receptors. (One study even found that applying a drop to the forehead is as effective as taking acetaminophen.)
FOR NASEUA: SNIFF GINGER
You woke up feeling a bit ucky. (Maybe snacking on leftover Chinese food at midnight wasn’t the best idea you’ve ever had.) Ginger oil is known to aid digestion, so add a drop to a cotton ball and inhale.
FOR THE BLUES: SNIFF GRAPEFRUIT
It’s getting colder and daylight savings is coming and you’re just kind of over it all already, OK? One whiff of this essential oil (or any citrusy scent) and you’ll feel an immediate mood boost.
FOR JET LAG: SNIFF LEMONGRASS
You’re on a red-eye to L.A., and your schedule is booked solid with business meetings from the moment you land. A whiff or two of lemongrass oil--which has an uplifting and stimulating effect--will clear your head and keep you from feeling fatigued. At least until you can order room service and crash later.