It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. As such, I think it’s really important to create some quiet alone time at home to get centered and calm. It’s key to also have a specific place in your home where you can create a sense of solace, escape and relaxation.
One of the things that can help is bringing fragrance into your home. It’s another element that can provide pleasure, everyday comforts and create a sense of happiness.
Aromatherapy is a proven technique that appeals to one of our most powerful and often neglected senses. In an effort to ensure your holidays are as stress free as possible, consider bringing the following into your home in the form of essential oils, candles, and potpourri:
Cinnamon has both a stimulating and calming effect. It has been useful in treating depression, as well as uplifting those experiencing anxiety.
Lavender is known for its sedative effect on the nervous system, reduces emotional stress and tensions. It can also relieve anxiety, solve problems of insomnia and ease depression.
Jasmine is calming and balancing to the sympathetic nervous system and may be an aphrodisiac. It is used as an antidepressant, allowing those who are sad to be uplifted as it induces warm calming emotions. It is also used to prevent mental blockage, nervousness and sadness.
Sandalwood has neurological sedative effects on the mind and quiets mental activity. It pacifies anxiety, anger and rage, and induces sleep.
Ylang Ylang calms anger and releases tension. It has been known to lower blood pressure and ease muscle spasms.
Vanilla has a calming, relaxing and comforting effect. It often has a sweet aroma that reminds people of happy memories of home and childhood. It is rich, warm and sweet and is a type of orchid. It relieves stress and is also thought to be an aphrodisiac.
What are some of your favorites?