The use of essential oils has increased a lot in the last few years. While these oils have always been an active part of Ayurveda, they have gained more popularity in aromatherapy and skin and hair care as of late. In fact, essential oils have been a staple in Chinese, Greece, and Egyptian cultures too. The aromatic properties of essential oils come in handy in treating respiratory disorders, such as common colds, throat or chest congestion. Essential oils are also used to treat skin or hair problems and are widely found in cosmetic products.
What are some sweet-smelling essential oils, and how do they benefit you?
Essential oils can play a massive role in your overall wellness. From applying them to your skin to using them in your diffusers, they have widespread uses and benefits for your body and mind.
Annette Davis, the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy president, defines aromatherapy as the skilled use of genuine essential oils for therapeutic purposes. Essential oils have been used across the world for a long time to heal the mind, body, and soul. But it is also important to pay attention to their scent, as their aroma along can enhance your wellness.
If you like sweet-smelling essential oils, here are some of your best options (keep in mind that some essential oils blend really well, so you can use more than one at a time):
Jasmine essential oil can be great if you like the smell of the jasmine flower. This sweet-smelling essential oil not only soothes the mind, but also offers deeper benefits to the body. Some studies indicate that jasmine essential oil (and some jasmine essential oil blends) increases positive emotions, such as feelings of well-being and being active, fresh, and romantic. Jasmine oil is also used as an aphrodisiac as it can alter a person’s emotional and hormonal balance.
Ylang ylang essential oil is made from the flower of a plant called Cananga odorata. This essential oil has a sweet therapeutic smell, making it ideal for fighting off stress and tension after a hard long day. In aromatherapy, the oil is also used to enhance memory and cognitive skills. Ylang-ylang essential oil blends well with other sweet or spicy oils and is added to certain drinks, as well as cosmetics, to add more flavor or a pleasant scent. The calming flavor and smell can help reduce depression as well as lower blood pressure.
The fruity and citrusy smell of orange can be an instant mood lifter. Being a powerful antioxidant, it can also be used to reduce skin issues, such as acne and pigmentation. Orange essential oil blends well with other citrus or floral oils and is ideal to add to perfumes in summer, as it can help lower fatigue.
Lavender essential oil is primarily used as a sleep inducer. Lavender is widely used in aromatherapy to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia. This essential oil has a sweet and calming effect on the mind. It can ease tension, headaches and relax the body and mind with its sedative effects. The oil is also used for its antimicrobial qualities. Moreover, it is a natural moisturizer and is gentle on the skin and hair.
Lemon has multiple benefits for the skin, hair, and body. Lemon essential oil can be used in skin products, face packs, and perfumes. Lemon can help fade pigmentation and fight skin aging. Moreover, lemons also have a powerful, yet sweet smell. A few drops of this oil in the infuser or a cotton ball dipped in lemon essential oil can help eliminate foul odor. You can also add some to your laundry while washing bed sheets to ensure a fresh aroma in your bedroom.
Patchouli has a spicy, yet woody smell. In the 1800s, the oil was used to protect the silk from insects and thus became synonymous with the scent of silk. In the present times, it is used as a powerful skin detox as well as an anti-aging ingredient. The oil is also used as an aphrodisiac.
Studies have shown that lemongrass essential oil has many therapeutic uses. This essential oil blends well with other therapeutic oils, such as peppermint and eucalyptus, and can be used to relieve muscle pain, hair loss, and stress. The fresh scent also helps in elevating mood and fighting insomnia. The oil has antifungal properties, too, so you can add it to your bath water (properly diluted in a carrier oil).
How to add sweet-smelling essential oils to your wellness routine?
Every essential oil has many uses, so be sure of why you are using a particular oil. In general, most essential oils can be used in the following ways:
- You can add a few drops to a candle diffuser and put it in your room to create a calming atmosphere.
- You can add a few drops of your favorite oil (properly diluted in a carrier oil) to your bathwater.
- Dilute a few drops of essential oil and use the essential oil blend to massage your soles right before you go to sleep to ease tension and fall asleep faster.
- You can take a spray bottle and fill it with water. Add a few drops of your essential oil to it and spray it around your space.
- You can add a few drops of essential oil to your shampoo, conditioner, hair or face mask.
Sweet-smelling essential oils can be an amazing addition to your wellness routine. Backed by science and Ayurveda, each of these oils has unique advantages. Explore our collection of sweet-smelling essential oils, combine them for blends that smell amazing, and start using them regularly to see surprising benefits!