The Best Relaxation Essential Oils
Essential oils have long been hailed for their many benefits. Helping to nourish our skin and bring our hair back to a vibrant sheen, they also possess incredibly potent scents. And, it is these that have helped to continually increase their popularity over many years. At YR Studio, we create each of our natural soy candle blends in-house, ensuring that the fragrant combinations assist with your yoga practices or relaxation rituals. In this guide, we’ll delve into some of the best relaxation essential oils to help you alleviate stress with ease.
How Does Scent Help Us to Relax?
Scientists have known for many years that the right smell can return a heartbeat to normal levels and counteract the fight-and-flight response. Research has shown that this is due to scent’s impact on our limbic system. This part of the brain is involved in managing our behaviour and the emotional responses we have to surround stimuli. It is where we store the emotions and feelings linked to past events. For example, it is here that we remember the smell of ocean breeze and fruity cocktails from that much-beloved family holiday. Or the look on our partners faces as we walked down the aisle. Essentially, the limbic system is the hub of our past experiences and memories.
Within our nasal cavity, we have olfactory receptors that detect different smells. When they are stimulated, our limbic system is activated and helps to bring back emotions, memories and feelings. This is why a single sniff can transport us back to our most cherished moments throughout our lives. And the reasons why scent can sometimes take us by surprise. Certain scents bring back the fondest of memories. This lowers our cortisol levels, reducing feelings of stress and anxiety instantly. By taking us to another, more preferable place mentally, scent allows us to reduce the perception of surrounding stresses and find more calm in ourselves. It is a proven technique and one that has long been associated with yoga.
The Best Scents for Relaxing
So, with an understanding of how different scents can impact our emotional well being, let’s take a look at the most relaxing smells out there.
Lavender Essential Oil
Hailed as one of the most popular essential oils on the market today, lavender oil is a key choice for relaxation. Research suggests that the lavender scent molecules trigger a reaction in the brain that relieves anxiety within seconds. In line with this, it is also widely used to help promote deeper and more restorative sleep and helps to stimulate specific neurons in the brain to stimulate antidepressant effects.
There are many ways to reap the benefits of lavender. Essential oils can be paired with carrier oils and applied to the skin, depending on skin sensitivity. But, one of our favourite ways to feel relaxed with lavender is inhaling the scents from a soy candle. Blends such as the Calm & Balanced Two-Wick Candle can be lit during your wind-down routine or during times of high stress to help restore balance to the mind.
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium oil has sedative properties which help to relax muscles and facilitate healthy blood circulation. Combined, this helps people to bring themselves down from a state of high stress and anxiety with deep inhalations. It is said to help level out mood swings and help to naturally increase feelings of positivity and happiness - essential for those moments where relaxation is vital. Again, we believe that combining geranium essential oils with soy wax and other blends creates the perfect solution for incorporating these into your home.
Derived from India, Nag Champa oil is a blend of sandalwood and frangipani. It is largely used in incense and used to calm the nerves while sanctifying an area for relaxation. This is one of the key reasons why it is largely used in yoga and meditation - it balances out the energy in a room to help people feel more grounded and stable. With a similar scent to jasmine or magnolia, this woodsy, sweet scent has long been used in Buddhism and Hinduism to clear the mind and improve concentration.
Our ‘I’m Offline’ Amber Jar Candle uses this calming blend to help you switch off from the world of technology and find calm at the end of a long day.
Lemon Essential Oil
With a distinctive and sharp citrusy scent, lemon essential oil is rich in linalool. This compound also has sedative properties which help to reduce stress and promote improved sleep. One of the best ways to use lemon essential oils in a practice or for relaxation is through inhalation. Bringing about memories of nature and springtime, the scent acts as a reminder of the ever-changing nature of seasons and renewal. In our ‘Nourish to Flourish’ soy candle, lemon scents are blended with lavender to create a blend designed for those moments of calm and nourishment in your everyday life.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil contains a compound known as eucalyptol. Research has shown that inhaling this scent for a period of time can help to lower blood pressure, indicating that it is a good solution for anxiety too. Yoga practices also tell us that eucalyptus helps us to connect deeper with our breath, bringing memories of nature into our minds as we meditate or exercise. In turn, these reminders to breathe deeply support the reduction of brain fog and improve our ability to focus.
Our Eucalyptus Two Wick Candle blends this natural scent with camphor and fir to truly bring the beauty of woodlands into our practice.
At YR Studio, we create non-toxic soy wax candle blends that fill your practical space or meditation session with a feeling of calm and relaxation. Designed to accompany you through the most stressful periods in your life, our products are made with care, love and affection to help you feel at your best.
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