Botanic Scents for Self-Care
Winter is the perfect time to unplug, unwind, and take time for yourself. Cozying up with a warm cup of herbal tea, watching the sunset with loved ones, or baking a cake are all forms of self-care. Scent also plays a part in relaxation. Natural botanic fragrances not only smell wonderful, but have many health benefits that work to rejuvenate the mind and the body. Settle in and light a scented candle as we explore the scents that are sure to have you feeling restored and refreshed.
Jasmine oil is a sweet-smelling botanic substance that is derived from the flowers of the jasmine plant. Widely used in everything from aroma therapy to body washes and lotions, jasmine contains botanic compounds that are believed to have many health benefits. Studies suggest that the scent of jasmine may affect a number of biological factors, including heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function. It is also touted as a natural remedy for issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. Wonderful as a tea, or enjoyed in natural bath products like bath salts and face masks, jasmine is a mild and sweet floral scent perfect for any at-home spay day.
Lemon is a classic scent that is often overlooked for its trendier counterparts. But this small, yellow citrus fruit packs an energizing punch and many health benefits that will greatly enhance self-care efforts. Lemon can be added to water and tea to boost not only flavor but metabolism and immune support. As a fragrance, lemon is known to be a natural stress reliever. Inhaling this aromatic oil has been shown to stimulate serotonin and dopamine production, which contributes to decreased anxiety. Lemon is also said to act as a moon enhancer, and can increase energy, focus, and promote relaxation. Try diffusing lemon oil in your home during times of stress, or add a slice or two to your favorite tea or cold drink to reap all of the natural health benefits.
The ultimate in warmth and indulgence, vanilla is a staple scent that is loved by many for its sweet flavor and calming scent. Rich and warming, vanilla is said to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and relaxes the sense as a natural aphrodisiac. It can also be used to soothe achy stomachs, reduce fevers, and can even aid in the speedy recovery of cuts and scrapes. In skincare, vanilla is known to act as an anti-aging agent and calms irritated skin. A mild scent, vanilla blends well with botanic fragrances such as lavender, orange, chamomile, and sandalwood. Add vanilla-scented bubbles to a relaxing bath, lather on some vanilla body lotion, and bake a vanilla cake for the ultimate afternoon of relaxation.