Follow your nose
“All aromas have the ability to transform a moment,” says Jacqui MacNeill, founding president of Vancouver-based Escents Aromatherapy. “The brain responds to fragrances by releasing endorphins that make you feel calm and relaxed.” Best of all, it’s practically instant. When scent-shopping, remember that not all aromatherapy products are equal. To reap the ultimate holistic benefits, be sure your products are made with 100 per cent real essential oils distilled from a plant’s leaves, stems, flowers, bark and roots.”Different scents are great for different purposes,” says MacNeill. For relaxation, she recommends: lavender, neroli, roseweed, rose, and orange. For rejuvenation: lemon, rosemary, grapefruit, patchouli. For renewal: lime, eucalyptus, and basil. And for their calming and balancing properties: geranium, ylang-ylang, marjoram, frankincense and clary sage.
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