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Scents can be a very powerful thing. I’m sure you’ve noticed this yourself. Smelling a particular scent like a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie brings back a childhood memory. The scent of coffee in the morning helps you crawl out of bed and wake up. Other scents, like that of a burning fire, may make you feel fearful or afraid. Scents can warn us of danger, help us relax, and certain scents have even been shown to help increase our memory. As I said, scents are a powerful tool. Why not use it to help us mellow out and reduce anxiety when needed. Here’s a list of some of my favorite scents I use to mellow out. Let’s look at some!

You can use essential oils and a diffuser, find a scented candle, make some potpourri, or use the fresh or dried ingredients around the house. The most important thing is to find a way to incorporate the scents that you find particularly helpful in your life. I use a diffuser that also triples as an air purifier and humidifier. You can find some good choices on Amazon.com. 

  • Lavender

The fragrance of lavender replaces fast brain activity with a slower alpha wave to help reduce anxiety.

  • Chamomile 

Chamomile helps reduce stress and can also help with insomnia & tense muscles. 

  • Rose Geranium 

Along with helping with relaxation by soothing the entire central nervous system, it can also help balance hormonal levels.

  • Jasmine 

A great fragrance for anti-anxiety. By increasing the GABA activity within the brain, jasmine can help regulate feelings of stress and anxiety.

  • Bergamot 

This citrus scent helps to restore the hypothalamus to a state of homeostasis and calmness

  • Sandalwood 

Sandalwood has been used to help reduce overall anxiety in terminally ill patients. It has also been noted to help improve the quality of sleep. 

In addition to these particular scents, look for essential oil blends and scented candles that mention relaxation or calm. They may include one or more of the scents mentioned above in a specifically designed mix to help you relax. 

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