Aromatherapy: 12 scents to help relieve stress

Life can get stressful sometimes, but there are simple ways to ease your mind thanks to aromatherapy, so why not try out these scents?

Aromatherapy has been around for centuries and is definitely becoming more and more popular. If you are new to aromatherapy, you may not know what scents help with stress relief. Each scent can help with something different. Here are 12 scents to help ease your mind and body from stress.

What is aromatherapy?

The term aromatherapy derives from Latin, with ‘aroma’ meaning pleasant scents and ‘therapy’ meaning treatment. Aromatherapy can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks who used essential oils in their remedies according to historic documents. Some civilisations also essential oils to ward off evil spirits. The term aromatherapy was coined by a French perfumer and chemist René -Maurice Gattefossé in 1937.

Scents used in aromatherapy are often sourced from aromatic plants like flowers, herbs, citrus fruits and such. These scents stimulate mental and physical health through inhalation, but also through an application on the skin.

Despite the increasing research on the effectiveness of aromatherapy, it is still unsure how effective it is. Though there is plenty of scientific evidence to back up the effectiveness of lavender, citrus, and rose oil aromatherapies specifically. The best way to know if it works for you is to give it a try for yourself.

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Essential oils

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Lavender essential oil is great to relieve stress Getty Images

These are the best scents to use as oils:

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium
  • Chamomile
  • Bergamot
  • Carrot Seed
  • Rose

Candles scents

If you aren’t a fan of those scents or of essential oils, why not try these scented candles:

  • Sandalwood
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Pine
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Invest in a scented candle No Revisions, Unsplash

Scented lotions

If you want to try out scented lotions to ease your stress, be sure you use lotions with scented oils and not fragrance oils. Here are some you could try:

  • Lavender
  • Ylang-Ylang
  • Geranium
  • Chamomile
  • Lemon
  • Bergamot

If none of these work, you could always try teas that have these ingredients.

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