Essential Oil Combinations You Should Try at Home
Holly Sullivan, a licensed massage therapist and aromatherapist of 30 years, has found that using scents in the form of complementary essential oils and diffuser perfumes can have an emotional impact on how we process daily challenges.
When your nose detects perceivable odors through your room scent diffusers like lavender or peppermint work through air passages to reach olfactory receptors deep within the nasal cavity. They trigger responses ranging from better mental focus to promoting calmness during stress-inducing situations.
Using complimentary essences such as lavender and sandalwood oil is just one example where this type of therapy would be most beneficial—it also helps revitalize positive feelings when you are feeling overwhelmed by negative emotions such as anger or frustration after being confronted with difficult people at work for instance.
The work of a perfumer is to create scents that will evoke emotional responses in the brain. Perfumers have found out through scientific study that smell and memory are closely connected because memories travel back from your olfactory bulb all the way up into an area called the hippocampus, which stores long-term information about where you’ve smelled something before or what it reminds you of.
According to Psychology Today, smells travel first along your nose’s interior until they reach its final destination: deep inside one section at the bottom part of our brains called “the amygdala.” This matters because this spot has strong connections with two other areas implicated in emotion and memory (called “hippocampus” for short).
So when you take in a scent, it can instantly transport your mind to another time. You feel like you’re there and see what’s going on around the way that maybe only someone who was actually present could have seen or felt back then.
Visuals don’t work as well because they just aren’t able to pass through these brain areas but sound doesn’t seem quite so different from smell–after all, if one of our senses is messed up we compensate by using others.
Your Go-To Essential Oil Blends
Mix together three drops of Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Wild Orange to make an uplifting blend. You can also try making a soothing tea with Bergamot, Cypress, and Wild Orange for those feeling anxious or stressed.
Create your own personal recipe by mixing 3-5 essential oils based on what you need: relaxing aromas like lavender are great when we’re feeling restless at night while citrus scents such as bergamot will help us feel energized in the morning.
Combine three drops each of Ylang Ylang and Geranium essential oils to create a soothing, sensual experience. While the smell is relaxing on it’s own, you can add in some other elements for an added sensory boost like adding 10 drops of Lavender or peppermint oil which will help reduce anxiety.
Combine two tablespoons of coconut oil with five teaspoons of raw honey then stir together until they form into a thick paste-like consistency that’s easy enough to spread over your body as needed before bedtime—this mixture also provides antibacterial properties so skin feels soft when waking up.
The sweet smells of oranges and cinnamon will make you feel like the holidays are in full swing. Just mix three drops each Siberian Fir, Wild Orange, Cinnamon Cardamom Clove essential oils to create a festive aroma.
This simple recipe can be used to create a powerful aromatic diffuser. Simply combine four drops of Tangerine essential oil with two drops of Black Pepper essential oil into a bowl or dish, and then place the mixture on top of boiling water in order to heat it up.