Aromatherapy uses fragrance to stimulate specific nerves in your nose, which, in turn, send signals to your brain that stimulate certain moods and emotions. The next time you're feeling on edge from the craziness that can be the average workaday life, help your brain detox with these relaxing aromatherapy products.
After a long, stressful day, fill your home with the sweet and relaxing fragrance of lavender and chamomile. Since lavender can also help with insomnia, we like Lots of Lavender by Scentsy because their no-flame warmers are safer than candles if there's the possibility you could fall asleep (Scentsy, $5 — warmer required).
Bad day at the office? No problem. Spearmint and eucalyptus help fight fatigue and stress (among other things). We're loving this Stress Relief eucalyptus spearmint pillow mist from Bath & Body Works. Spray it on your pillow before you go to bed or on your favorite cozy chair while you chill-ax with a steamy novel (Bath & Body Works, $10).
Lily of the valley can relieve depression and cause happiness and a sense of security, making it a gentle way to calm yourself after a stressful day. The Glade Garden Retreat candle combines lily of the valley with melon and clear spring scents to create the perfect complement to a long soak in a bubble-filled bath (various retailers, around $5).
Essential oils are a convenient way to fight stress because they can be used in a variety of ways, from dabbing them on like perfume to adding them to your bathwater. We suggest getting your sweetie to give you a deep-tissue massage with SwissJust's Anti-Stress aromatherapy oil for harmony and relaxation. With a balanced blend of 15 natural essential oils, this little juggernaut is specifically designed to help you deal with moments of high stress (SwissJust, $64-$99).
This eco-friendly candle is handmade with notes of floral and spice. It's soy, so it's great for allergy sufferers or people with sensitive sniffers — soy produces a whopping 90 percent less soot than paraffin wax. Because this candle is available directly from the maker on Etsy, it can be customized to be more user- (or custom gift-) friendly by simply asking the seller not to label the reusable tin (Esty, $6).
What are your favorite spring-inspired scents for relaxation? Tell us in the comments below.
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