Feeling tired, irritable, confused or stressed? Breathing in the soothing smell of essential oils can seriously make all the difference.
Essentials oils are a liquid extracted from plants that capture their scent, or “essence.” They’re commonly used in aromatherapy.
According to Healthline, inhaling these scents can stimulate your limbic system — a part of your brain that plays a role in controlling your emotions, behaviors and memory.
There are over 90 essential oils that are commonly used, but here’s what experts had to say about four that should be, well, essential in your arsenal.
If you’re feeling mentally fatigued after a long day at work or physically fatigued after crushing a workout, peppermint is the way to go.
Experts say it can actually improve your lung capacity and supply more oxygen to your brain to help with that “foggy” feeling.
If you’re experiencing jet lag, confusion or nausea, give lemongrass a shot.
The oil, which is often used in cooking and herbal medicines, invigorates your senses and helps promote calmness and clarity.
It also has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties according to various studies. This essential oil is incredibly hardworking.
Feeling anxious, sad or irritable? Lavender could be your go-to.
Experts say it helps promote cognitive functions, just like peppermint, and can help you feel both calmer and more alert.
“I have it diffusing into my room pretty much every night before bed,” In The Know’s Phoebe Zaslav said.
Phoebe said the same about eucalyptus, which can “seriously” help with stress.
Essential oils are pretty magical — just be sure to do your research before using them and set reasonable expectations about what they can do for you. On the other hand, don’t ingest them!
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