What scents are effective against stress?
Here are 6 scent suggestions to deal with stress, one of the most important factors that negatively affect our lives...
Research shows that aromatherapy reduces stress and makes it easier to sleep. Clinical Aromatherapist, Aromacologist Leyla Çakır gave the following information about essential oils that reduce stress and regulate sleep:
Lavender essential oil is the most studied oil for its relaxing effect. Studies have found that aromatherapy with lavender oil lowers blood pressure, produces measurable changes in brain waves, and calms the nervous system. Lavender is also helpful for mild insomnia and provides better quality sleep. Therapies with lavender essential oil have also been shown to be beneficial in postpartum depression and in reducing anxiety (anxiety disorder). Lavender has also been found to help reduce anxiety in many medical settings, such as the dentist's office, intensive care unit, and prep room. The scent of lavender affects communication areas in the brain, such as the limbic system, to which emotional responses and memories are connected. Studies using electroencephalography (EEG) measuring brain waves and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) showed significant changes related to the relaxing effect of lavender and aromatherapy.
Lemon or Yuzu lemon
According to research by Japanese researchers, the scent of Yuzu essential oil reduces stress and anxiety, slowing the heart rate in just 10 minutes, and its effect lasts for half an hour. Yuzu is an Asian type of yellow lemon fruit, often used in Asian cuisine. A Japanese tradition of yuzu bathing dates back to the 18th century. Unsliced faces are floated in a hot bath to relieve stress. You should consider introducing the yuzu or the more readily available lemon scent.
It is traditionally used in Italian folk medicine, but there are many recent studies showing that it helps reduce tension and anxiety. Bergamot essential oil is often used to flavor foods, as well as in perfumes. It is also known to have antibacterial and anti-viral properties. Clinical studies show that bergamot essential oil reduces blood pressure and stress. Recent studies show that bergamot relieves stress, reduces chronic pain, and even changes the brain wave pattern in EEG.
Ylang ylang essential oil is an essential oil obtained from the flowers of a tropical tree in Southeast Asia. A study has shown that the aroma of Ylang Ylang calms the nervous system.
Clary sage oil is obtained from the sage musk plant, a plant related to sage that grows in the garden we know. Clary sage essential oil has been found to help people relax during dental treatment procedures. Aromatherapy with clary sage oil has also been observed to have an antidepressant-like effect.
The soothing scent of jasmine has a sweet aroma. Although there are not many scientific studies on jasmine essential oil, it is one of the best refreshing and relaxing oils with its wonderful aroma. It gives energy and is one of the best scents for depressive moods. It is famous for its aphrodisiac effect. There are many therapeutic essential oils waiting to be discovered such as Daily, Palmarosa, Myrrh. There are many studies investigating the effect of applications with essential oils on stress, and some of these studies support traditional and ancient application practices.