It’s the middle of the year and let’s be honest - we’re all a little tired, burnt out and overall stressed. Whether it’s the closing off of a university semester, kids restless near the winter break time or work just wearing you out. There’s a little stress in the life of everybody right now, so we thought we would take the time to put together a list of scents that can help you fall into the bed and couch and relax for just a moment.
Lavender is oil is perhaps one of the most well known relaxers amongst essential oils and fragrance, it’s also super helpful for it’s light sedative effects that help for those pesky late night thoughts and stresses that keep you from being well rested.
A 2012 research project showed that lavender in aromatherapy is thought to help assist anxiety through the limbic system, which controls our emotional state and emotions. A 2019 review evaluated 71 studies that used lavender to ease anxiety. It found that inhaling lavender could significantly lower anxiety levels measured using a clinically validated scale.
Our current favourite candle including this calming scent is our Healing Country candle, which is currently on pre-sale that combines lavender verbena and ceda wood and gives 100% of it’s profits back to Healing Our Way, an Indigenous organisation focused on healing those apart of the Stolen Generation and giving them a platform to speak.
Jasmine is an essential oil derived from the common jasmine plant and is thought to have originated from Iran but can be found all over tropical climates these days. It has a sweet fragrance that impacts the central nervous system chemical GABA which allows it help ease nerves and anxiety.
In a more recent pilot study, people with generalized anxiety disorder were asked to inhale jasmine essential oil for 5 minutes a day over 10 days. Jasmine essential oil appeared to significantly bring down the elevated state of mind and improve symptoms such as insomnia, palpitations, and irritability.
Our Relaxation scent does just that by combining the calming effects of jasmine and combining them with sandalwood to help your bones and body relax under whatever stress you’re under.
When you first think of Basil, stress relief isn’t the first thing you think of however there is increasingly becoming more and more evidence to show that Basil, in particular holy basil can be very effective in relieving physical and mental stress. According to a 2014 study, basil is an adaptogenic herb that has shown promise in treating physical and mental stress.
A 2017 review notes that some studies of basil report a 31.6 to 39 percent reduction in stress-related symptoms in some individuals.
Our Cucumber and Basil candle allows for a refreshing, cleansing scent that lifts away any worries and doubts and leaves you feeling calm and at ease.