We have millions of smell receptors in our noses. When they detect a scent, they shoot the information to the olfactory bulb—a pea-size cluster in the brain, which sorts the signals and relays them to the limbic system. Odor can help lower stress levels, improve mental and physical performance, ease pain and end insomnia.
Looking for something natural and non-toxic to help boost your mood and reduce stress? Here’s four thoughtful fragrances to get you started:
Lavender is a go-to scent for relaxation and can help calm the mind and body almost instantly. FIG+YARROW’s Lavender+Thyme Atmosphere Mist ($24) is a sweetly herbaceous blend to calm and uplift mood, purify air and charm the olfactory.
Eucalyptus is a very fresh and clean aroma that is sure to open your airways up, and is a natural antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. Hi Wildflower’s Nāmaka Rollerball Perfume ($59) is an earthy eucalyptus, bright white grapefruit and nutmeg scented perfume that recalls the mossy rocks where the sea meets the earth.
Sandalwood has a relaxing and calming ability; helps soothe irritation and lifts depression; associated with meditation. rootfoot’s Aura Enhancing | Goddess ($68) is a ceremonious attar blended with sacred oils. Use as a daily ritual by placing on pulse points to strengthen bonds with the inner force of the divine feminine.
Cedar is a meditation oil frequently used to create a particular environment or space to encourage a meditative state to enable the person to bring something else into focus. Juniper Ridge’s Sierra Granite Cabin Spray ($35) is a scent of woody, warm, green Glacier fed river, sun-washed boulders, mountain cedar on the campfire, pine pollen on Gold Lake, the first hint of autumn air in the High Sierra summer.