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Aromatherapy Scent Guide: Best Fragrances for Stress Relief and Better Sleep

Are you looking for an aromatherapy scent guide focused on improving sleep and relieving stress? Well, look no further, because we are going to learn the best scents right here.

If you’re new to this you probably have questions, like ‘is aromatherapy real?’ Or ‘what are some of the benefits of aromatherapy?’ Well not to worry, we answer all of your questions in this article. 

How Does Aromatherapy Work?

Aromatherapy uses essential oils in a diffuser, a spray, or even used topically when diluted with a carrier oil. When used in aromatherapy the oils activate smell receptors in your nose. Then, the receptors send messages to your brain using the nervous system. This activates certain areas in your brain, like the limbic area. And the area of your brain that produces Serotonin, the “happy chemical.”  

Benefits of Aromatherapy

There many different benefits of aromatherapy like, easing nausea and upset stomachs, soothing pain, alleviating allergy and sinus issues, combating insomnia, helping with anxiety and depression, as well as many others.

In the list below we will list the best scents to help you relax and get a great night’s sleep. 

Lavender

Lavender is by far the most studied essential oil, best known for aiding sleep. But it also helps with controlling anxiety and reducing the symptoms of depression. This oil is also safe for children and for pets. And did we mention that it repels mosquitoes too?

Roman Camomile

This oil is great for helping alleviate symptoms of nervous imbalances like spasms, convulsions, and anxiety. Its light floral scent makes relaxation easy.  It can also help support the immune system. It can be added to shampoo and conditioner to help make hair feel healthier.

Vetiver

This essential oil helps promote emotional balance, improving symptoms of anxiety, restlessness, and nervousness, while also promoting sound sleep.

Bergamot

Another favorite for its stress-relieving properties, bergamot is also known to help fight fatigue. This citrus-scented oils also help with balancing your mood and reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Cedarwood

This oil has a lot of benefits, like repelling insects, helping with insomnia, powerful soothing properties, reduces spasms, and anti-inflammatory properties. But it can also regulate symptoms of ADHD. 

Marjoram

This mood booster also helps relieve minor pains and muscle tightness. Its natural antioxidants help reduce blood pressure. 

Rosemary

While this oil is still being studied, it has many properties already associated with it. These include: pain relief, stress relief, improved circulation, and help to fight depression and anxiety. 

Clary Sage

Known to help improve moods, and clarify the mind. It’s also known to promote sleep and enhance memory. It helps relax you at the end of the day. And induces deep restful sleep so you don’t wake up groggy.

Ylang-Ylang

This oil reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. It helps fight symptoms of insomnia and is also known as an aphrodisiac. It has natural antioxidants and can be added to shampoo and conditioner to help prevent hair breakage.

Valerian

It promotes deep relaxation and helps with restlessness. Known to help regulate blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart attack and strokes. It also helps promote deep sleep. 

Neroli

This essential oil helps with depression, anxiety, and stress. It can also help manage pain and inflammation, as well as promote restful sleep.

Jasmine

This is another one that has a wide range of uses. Not only does it promote deep, restful sleep, but it also helps with depression. It can help with symptoms of menopause, its a natural antiseptic, and its an aphrodisiac. 

Rose

This one helps fight depression, as well as reduces inflammation. It stimulates circulation, digestion, and helps prevent infections.

Orange 

Known to help lessen the symptoms of depression and anxiety. It also helps with pain relief, is a natural antioxidant, helps with weight loss,  and it helps repel insects. 

Lemon

Lemon has natural calming abilities. It also is a natural antiseptic, disinfectant, and antifungal. It helps to calm moods and ease stress.

Lime

This oil has antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties. It also helps with anxiety and depression. 

Sandalwood

It helps with depression and anxiety. It is also known to help regulate blood pressure, alleviate sore throat symptoms, ease headaches, reduce muscle and joint pain, boost memory, and helps with congestion. It’s also a natural antiviral. 

Patchouli

Patchouli is actually a member of the mint family. It can induce sleep and relaxation. It also antifungal and antidepressant properties.

Frankincense 

Frankincense helps promote deep and restful sleep. It helps with anxiety and depression. It can also help lower blood pressure,  and open nasal passages for better breathing.

Geranium

The gentle scent of geranium helps relax the body and lessens the effects of fatigue. It also helps balance hormones and reduces inflammation. It helps fight anxiety and depression too. 

Juniper

This oil can help reduce stress and anxiety. It helps induce sleep. It can help boost digestion and it reduces the effects of heartburn and indigestion. 

More About Essential Oils

There are so many different types of essential oils it would be practically impossible to name them all and their properties.  But this comprehensive list should give you an incredible start.

It is also important to remember that different oils can also be toxic to children and pets, so be sure to read all instructions before use.

We offer many of these scents, as well as powerful combinations to create an even more relaxing environment. You can check out our selection of essential oils, as well as our other aromatherapy products on our website. Happy scenting!

6 thoughts on “Aromatherapy Scent Guide: Best Fragrances for Stress Relief and Better Sleep”

    • Hey Vanessa! You can certainly add a few drops to your air filter. Just note that the airflow will quickly disperse the scent and will dissipate fairly quickly as well. However, it’s a great way to enjoy the aromatherapy scents throughout the entirety of your home.

    • Hey Sandra! We’ve actually been looking at ways to incorporate aromatherapy and essential oils into air filters. So far we haven’t found a way to make the scents last long enough for it to make sense, but we’re continuing to innovate. We’ll keep you posted if we make any progress. Have a great day!

  1. Where do your essential oils come from I always worry about the ingredients in essentials from places I have never bought them from.

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