For those of us who are traveling this holiday season, get prepared for a long, exhausting day of waiting, more waiting, sitting, nasty food, wailing babies, stinky bathrooms and still, more waiting. And that’s just what to expect on normal travel days. I won’t even mention the word storm. Even if you are headed to the most exotic of destinations under the most ideal travel conditions, you’re bound to arrive weary. For a boost, try Ginger Flight Therapy, a blend of essential oils formulated to enliven your spirits and keep you from strangling that person sitting next to you. [$31, Aesop]
I’ve been known to get a touch irritable from time to time. Wait, let me rephrase that: I am a generally irritable human being. (More often than not, my irritability stems from an overriding sense of hanger, which kind of goes without saying given that I am forever hungry.) I had previously accepted “on edge” as my perpetual state, but then my fairy godmother Tata Harper came along with a soothing blend of essential oils and I was suddenly awash with well-being. Her all-natural Aromatic Irritability Treatment looks like a roll-on perfume but acts like a Valium (almost) to comfort, calm, and center. Breathe deep. [$65, Tata Harper]
If lack of sunlight or too much stress or “Downton Abbey” is interrupting your beauty sleep — I know I’ve been sleep deprived lately — 21 Drop’s Sleep aromatherapy roller ball may help you get the eight hours you need. A soothing blend of sandalwood, ylang ylang and vetiver essential oils work to quiet your cacophonous mind and help you surrender to your pillow. Just dab on your wrists, temples and under your nose before bed drift off to dreamland. Um, can I have some right now, please?
A little R&R isn’t usually high on our priorities list. How can it be when we’ve got deadlines, bills, and drama to deal with? Yet we all have experienced the painful effects of stress and know that going non-stop is unhealthy. (We’re not Energizer Bunnies, you know.) Now, you might not be able to take a spa day weekly, or monthly for that matter, but you can have a little daily release. Spread a little Buddha Nose Bodhi Balm on your temples, shoulders, or back of the neck for a tension-relieving experience that will have you calm in no time. Who knew juniper berry, ho wood, cedarwood, and frankincense could be such lifesavers? [$24, Beautyhabit] Keep reading »
If you light a lavender aromatherapy candle to relax, the scent probably isn’t doing much more than masking the less pleasant odors in your apartment. Researchers at Ohio State University found that smelling lemon and lavender oils, two of the most popular in aromatherapy, failed to show any improvement in wound healing, immune status, blood pressure, stress hormones, or pain control. Lemon oil did enhance mood, but lavender oil, which is supposedly so calming, had no effect. Save a little money and buy unscented candles. Fake lavender doesn’t smell that good anyway. [Medical News Today] Keep reading »