Being enveloped by the elements of the forest (“forest bathing”) has been shown to improve mood and well-being by 102 percent percent! But did you know you can get the benefits without leaving the house by inhaling forest-found essential oils?
Read on to discover the scent that will work best for you, then add six drops of the oil into a diffuser and breathe. Aah…
De-stress With Pine
Scientists say that holiday reminiscent scents like pine bring out comfort-invoking feelings of nostalgia that help lower cortisol levels. The result? You’ll feel “lighter” and more worry-free.
One to try: Aura Cacia Pine Essential Oil (Buy on Amazon, $5.38)
Reenergize With Frankincense
When inhaled, the earthy resin’s boswellic acid kick-starts the production of energizing beta brain waves to increase alertness and mental stamina for a full 60 minutes, allowing you to power through any fatigue.
One to try: Pure Body Frankincense Essential Oil (Buy on Amazon, $5.95)
Decongest With Eucalyptus
Breathing in eucalyptus’ compound cineole reduces nasal congestion and clears airways, while the plant’s anti bacterial properties help kill any lingering germs. One of the best essential oils to help you breath easier.
One to try: Cliganic Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Buy on Amazon, $7.99)
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.
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