Diffusing aromas in your home is a great way to settle in, relax and enjoy a fresh, clean scent that calms the nerves.
How Do We Know Aromatherapy Works?
Research gives us the scoop. Take lavender, for example. Research shows lavender:
- Eases nervousness much better than a placebo.
- Raises people's scientifically measured mood scores and lowers distress, when accompanied in aromatherapy by rosemary and tea tree oils.
- Eases restlessness, poor sleep, and other sleep problems.
- Enhances "general well-being and quality of life."
When it comes down to the science, aromatherapy passes the smell test.
You aren't limited to lavender. Many plants and their oils create a mood-enhancing home environment.
Pick up some eucalyptus branches and enjoy their stimulating scents in your bathroom or home office.
Or mix and match, creating your signature scent, with a blend of essential oils:
- For a natural energy boost, diffuse peppermint and rosemary essential oils, accompanied by a citrus element, like bergamot orange.
- For a gentle uplift, diffuse lavender with lemongrass.
Experiment and enjoy the process.
Tea Leaves, Revisited
If you happen to enjoy tea, you have a ready-made way to subtly scent your home year-round.
Did you know tea aromatherapy is a thing in Japan? Japanese tea leaf warmers are called chakouro. The idea is to ease stress and sharpen mental focus, while creating an ahhh home environment.
Aromatherapy oil warmers work just fine for putting tea leaves instead of the oil in the shallow saucer on top of the warmer. As they warm and their scent is diffused, your leaves will gently roast. After many hours, this creates a remainder of rich, brewable leaves, called hojicha in Japan.
Tea itself is aromatherapeutic. Green tea, jasmine, or sencha are all delightful. Sencha tea, with its rich, yellow hue, is gaining many western adherents, with good reason. Enjoy it hot or iced, garnished with a lemon wedge and a fresh sprig of mint. The scent is deeply satisfying.
Experiment with fragrance. Enjoy the adventure. And come home to a sanctuary every day.