Our noses are bombarded with different scents every day, some lovely, while others can be downright unpleasant. It’s safe to say that our noses do more than just bring oxygen to our lungs, as vital as that is of course. Indeed, your nose also plays a big role in your mood.
Inhaling essential oils to gain various benefits, including calmness, is the art of aromatherapy. The concept of aromatherapy was practiced thousands of years ago by ancient civilizations, like the Egyptians.
Essential oils are potent concentrations of plants. Therefore, it’s always important to carefully handle these oils by not ingesting them and to avoid direct skin contact without a carrier oil, no matter how lovely the smell.
The most well known essential oils for relaxation are:
- Ylang Ylang
- Vetiver (don’t use a lot of it at work, you might sleep on the job)
Some of the best ways to practice aromatherapy is to use a diffuser to disperse the essential oils into the air. There are diffuser machines, or a simple one with a candle will do just as well.
I personally use a dark coloured (protection from sunlight), glass roller vial and fill it with a carrier oil, like olive oil. This vial contains about 5 to 6 drops each of my favourite calming oils, like lavender and bergamot. The olive oil will allow you to apply the oils directly to your skin. The best part is to inhale the beautiful aroma, with closed eyes, and be transported to a serene place.
For those who are skeptical and didn’t expect to read a bit of poetic sentiment, I assure you there is a scientific explanation. The essential oils stimulate your olfactory receptors, ultimately sending a signal to your amygdala, the part of your brain that involves emotion and memory.
The next time you feel stressed, whip out your trusty essential oils to savour some tranquility… because your nose said so.