It wasn’t even Halloween and I was already starting to see the Holiday countdowns. 50 days until Christmas. Is this a joke? And one designed to get my blood pressure up? My heart racing?
Just the thought of the holidays is often enough to send us into a bit of a panic. There is so much to do: the gifts, the parties, the baking, the decorating, the navigating of family, the teacher gifts… and it is all supposed to be fun, right?
Well, it is going to be up to you to maintain the peace – and by that, I mean your very own peace of mind. And I want you to use your senses – specifically your sense of smell to do it. ( I incorporate these scents into the bath, but you can also use candles or scented pillows.
Five Scents to Keep You Calm
Lavender- With its pleasant smell – a combination of herbs and flowers, Lavender is known for its calming properties. Considered one of the ‘essential’ essential oils, it is believed to have the ability to both calm and balance the mind and spirit, as well as relieve stress and provide a good night’s sleep. When used in Aromatherapy, it can help to lighten tension and anger. Consider using Lavender in a warm bath, in candles or even in a soothing mask.
Jasmine- This scent is believed to function well as an antidepressant as a result of its calming properties. At once both sensual and relaxing, Jasmine has a deep scent that is often used to prevent mental blockage, nervousness and sadness. This oil originated in India and is called the “king” of oils.
Vanilla- Easily one of the most popular ‘calming’ aromatherapy oils used for stress relief, Vanilla originates in tropical locations like Tahiti and Madagascar. It’s scent is both rich and warm. It reminds many of home promoting both stress relief and a feeling of calm. Vanilla is also it is thought to be an aphrodisiac.
Sandalwood- A warm, woody scent, Sandalwood is a perfect way to calm edgy nerves. Considered an ‘essential oil’, it is believed to both relax and soothe irritation as well as combat bouts of depression. This might be just what you need if your nerves are frayed heading into the rush of the holiday season. Sandalwood is also believed to assist in meditation.
3. Chamomile- Chamomile is frequently used to help relieve insomnia. It has a sedating effect and is therefore often used as a ‘relaxing drink’. In addition to its calming properties, this oil from Italy is believed to reduce pain and stress. For additional calming, Chamomile can be paired with Vanilla.
Relax. Take some time for you. You deserve it.