Ahhh, essential oils. I can smell the lavender and mint fragrances I add to my diffuser now. Smells are known to induce memories from our pasts. We all have our favourite fragrances of foods, flowers, fresh cut grass, etc. Scents have an amazing power over our brains from good memories to bad, from inducing us to sleep to rudefully waking us up.
Yes this one is #1 on the list, but how can it not? It is just intoxicating. Lavender is grown is select regions of the world mainly in North Africa and the Mediterranean. There are many different species and properties, but all contain significant amounts of linalool, linalyl acetate, eucalyptol, and camphor. That’s a lot of good properties in high quantities, and that’s why it’s an “essential” of the essential oils. Lavender has many benefits like being: sedative, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anesthetic, immune-boosting, and antiviral to name a few. You can read more about Lavenders properties here. It’s the calming effects of lavender that are the most identifiable. Add some lavender oil to a diffuser or to a hot bath. You won’t be disappointed. If you’re feeling really adventurous, add a drop to your inner wrists to be captivated for hours of this great relaxing fragrance.
The smell of lemon is used in everyday products to give the essence of disinfecting properties. It gives the product user a sense of cleanliness and freshness. Lemon oil is a great antiseptic and antibacterial agent. Just like lavender, lemon oil is a great mood enhancer and has calming properties. Lemon oil is made by going through a cold pressed process that extracts oil from the fresh fruit peel. You can read more on its properties here. Mostly though, it just smells fresh. Add some to your diffuser when company comes over and they’ll think you spent the day cleaning.
If you can pronounce it right, you’re off to a good start. Who doesn’t love cinnamon? We all have our memories of cinnamon sticks in our apple cider or sprinkled over our favourite latte. It has a sweet and spicy, musky smell to it. Cinnamon comes from the bark and leaves of the Cinnamomum verum tree. Its use is recorded all the way back to the time of the Egyptians in the 1500’s. So it must be good. It has many properties, most notably on top of our lattes and apple pies. But it also has topical uses to soothe muscles and aches as well as anti-inflammatory. Read about its properties here. Add some to your diffuser and start visualizing those memories of moms apple pie.
It’s not just for candy, chewing gum, toothpaste or cough medicine anymore. It induces thoughts of freshness and cleanliness. It is one of the great mood enhancers and can make you feel vibrant. I drink peppermint tea when I’m feeling under the weather and I still have memories or relating it to health as a kid. It has more great properties you can read about here. Ideally you can add some peppermint oil to the inside of your wrists and rub them together and you get that clean fresh smell for hours. Just easy does it, a little goes a long way.
Citrus oil my old friend. Who doesn’t have memories of biting into a juicy orange slice? Or that bright aromatic smell after just peeling it? Just heavenly! It brings on feelings of joy and you can’t help but smile. And the effects it has on your mind and mood! I can’t say enough about this essential oil. It’s calming and relaxing while making you want to find an orange or tangerine in the kitchen.
Be careful when using it as it can be quite powerful and to some can be allergic when applying on the skin. Always ask your doctor if you have any concerns. I recommend it in a diffuser and if you are not allergic to it, add some to your inner wrists and rub together. The warmth of your wrists will keep the aroma going for quite a while. You can read more on its properties here. Now off to the kitchen for some orange slices.
What are some of your favourite essential oils?