8 of the best scents for autumn
Who doesn’t love autumn? Think of blue skies and crisp clear autumn days, the reds, browns and burnt oranges of the leaves as they fall from the trees, and drinking hot chocolate while wearing your cosy jumper.
As the weather changes there are plenty of intoxicating aromas that you can use to help you sleep and assist with any stresses and seasonal affective disorders or summer blues you may have.
Scents that can help with stress and anxiety
Vetiver is said to help with calmness and self-awareness and has even been used following trauma. It is thought to decrease hypersensitivity, jitteriness, panic attacks and shock. You can inhale vetiver essential oil or apply it to your skin as part of your aromatherapy routine.
This one’s not only seasonal, but it’s also one of the most effective scents when it comes to dealing with anxiety and stress. It evokes a calming and tranquil energy and is often used in aromatherapy and meditation. You can enjoy Frankincense in oil form to inhale or rub onto your skin mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil.
Scents that will also help you sleep
As an essential oil, candle, or mist sprayed on your pillow, lavender is perfect to help aid your sleep as well as alleviate stress. While breathing in the smell, it can help you relax and make you drowsy. It’s ideal to use as part of your regular bedtime routine to help your body and mind unwind and get ready for sleep.
Chamomile has long been used as a natural sedative and is regarded as a great way to ward off insomnia. It’s also effective in relieving stress and anxiety – simply sprinkle a drop or two into steaming water and take 10 deep breaths. You can also get this in tea form to help you relax before bedtime.
The best scents of the season
It’s important that your essential oils and scented candles help you destress and sleep, but you’ll also want to enjoy the true scents of autumn. These are four of the best:
The sweet, warm aroma of cinnamon will transform your home as the nights draw in and really start to enhance those festive feelings in the run up to winter. It will get your home smelling like freshy baked cookies.
Patchouli & Amber
Patchouli isn’t like other floral scents that are more associated with spring and summer – its aroma is rich and earthy and when paired with amber, it really begins to enrich your home with the flavour and scent of autumn.
Cedarwood & Oakmoss
When combined, cedarwood and oakmoss create woody notes that bring to mind memories of long autumn walks through the golden leaves on a crisp and clear day.
Orange & Clove
The combination of orange and clove will reinvigorate your home and brighten up any dreary October day with zest, warmth and cosiness.
Say goodbye to summer and give autumn a great big warm welcome with these fantastic scents that will be sure to make you feel cosy and relaxed, no matter what the weather is like outside.
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