Everybody needs a little downtime, a time away from the hustle and bustle of life. Whether you’re a family man, a career woman with kids, a young entrepreneur or a fresh graduate, surely you have had some thoughts of going away for a few days to relax and soul search. Indeed, who wouldn’t want a relaxing holiday? The thought of a weekend get-away with your loved ones or even by your lonesome to a remote island is quite tempting. Sadly, not all of us have the luxury of time and money to spend on a weekend in the Caribbean. Ordinary people working 8 to 5 jobs are simply too tired to plan an enjoyable holiday or too tight with their budgeting to spend another hundred bucks going out of town.
Good thing relaxation is not all about taking off to the world unknown. Even in your own home you can have a little ‘me’ time and relieve all the stress of your day. You don’t have to spend a dime to have a relaxing hot bath at home right? Or a penny for a few hours of meditation. If you want a more effective home solution for a more relaxing weekend you can try to incorporate a little aromatherapy to your bath or meditation. Relaxing scents has been around for ages and has been proven to improve our moods and promote healthier disposition. Below are some of the widely known scents to relax and de-stress.
This pretty purple herb is known for its calming properties. With its strong fragrance, many salons and spas use lavender in their practices either by means of oil for massaging tired muscles of their clients or by incense sticks to create a more relaxing and inviting atmosphere. Lighting lavender scented candles or sticks around your home helps calm the nerves and promotes better sleep.
Those looking for an alternative to Lavender can try using Jasmine to improve the mood and promote better sleep. This little white flower is also effective in relieving anxiety and can be bought in the form of tea or oil. The scent of Jasmine brings happy feeling all over the house and helps set the mood right.
The calming woody scent of Sandalwood is perhaps the main reason why it is highly favored in aromatherapy to calm nerves and promote restorative sleep. Sandalwood spray and lotions can also be used to soothe the skin. That’s why many beauty companies are promoting the use of sandalwood in their beauty products. If you can find a sandalwood scented candle, you can light it in your bedroom to create a more sleep-conducive environment.
Chamomile oil is widely used to help patients suffering from insomnia. A usual ingredient in herbal teas, chamomile is proven effective to help alleviate stress and aid in relaxation. Try taking the tea before bedtime or whenever you need a little downtime.
Lemon, Orange and Peppermint
Invigorating scents are highly favored by aromatherapy experts since they are proven effective in stimulating the senses and reviving the mind and spirit. Though they are known senses stimulants, the citrusy scent of orange and lemon and the cool scent of peppermint are also proven effective in calming the spirit so using products with these scents can promote relaxation too.
People looking for a more effective solution to relax without leaving the comfort of their homes can take advantage of these affordable scents to calm both their minds and souls and help improve the quality of their sleep. Though it is really invigorating to go out to a weekend cruise, those on a budget can still get quality ‘me’ time without the cost.
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