If you want to create a tranquil ambience, spray this mist on your pillow before bed. The crisp-smelling oils of eucalyptus, lavender, and thyme refresh a room. “Evergreen scents associated with homey holiday smells are also very grounding,” says Cary.
“Most people find citrus essential oils to be refreshing and uplifting, such as sweet orange, lemon, and grapefruit,” says Cary. The base carrier oils of grape seed, apricot, sweet almond, coconut, and jojoba in this holistic massage cream hydrate dry winter skin, while the grapefruit and tangerine top notes brighten your state of mind.
Light floral essential oils such as rose, jasmine, and lavender work well to help those with depressed emotional states. “Our Uplift #12 blend uses German chamomile, helichrysum, rose, and lavender, all of which offer a positive, supportive, and uplifting energy,” says Cary.
Are you feeling a little anxiety-ridden and stressed this month? Holiday shopping, missed loved ones, and the overall pressure of the season can bring on the holiday blues. Fortunately, there are natural ways to lift your spirits—even through scent! “Essential oils affect our olfactory sense by triggering 50 million different receptor sites—it's a very personal experience that can tie into memories,” says clinical aromatherapist and 21 Drops cofounder Cary Caster. These potent chemical activators can affect everything from our mood to our appetite. We spoke with Cary to understand which essential oils best suit the season.
This article was originally published on December 21, 2011