Aromas of herbs and flowers are known to evoke various responses. Their scents have the power to alter a person’s mood or mental state, as many of them have a calming effect on the nerves, helping to induce relaxation and reduce stress. In fact, aromatherapy is based on the effects of herbs and flowers on our sense of smell. In addition to being used in inhalations and as bath additives, the aroma of herbs and flowers is used for its anti-stress benefits.
Dried flowers and leaves, for example, can be used as potpourri and left around the house. Just add a few drops of an essential oil from time to time. Another interesting way is to use aromatherapy candles. The sense of smell actually plays an important role, as the olfactory nerves transmit the signals to the brain, where the aroma is analyzed. Candles are a wonderful way to diffuse the atmosphere around you with fragrance, to calm you down, reduce stress and relax.
Specific herbs and flowers can cause specific reactions. For example, lavender is said to induce relaxation, while jasmine heightens the senses and uplifts the mood. Rose calms and refreshes the mind, while cinnamon relieves fatigue. Geranium also helps improve mood. It is said to create calm when there is anxiety and depression. Geranium is also great for stress-related conditions like acne. Rosemary oil can also be used. It helps relieve muscle tension and fatigue and thus de-stresses the body and mind.
Rose: The scent of the rose was used during antiquity in the treatment of psychological problems, as it was considered an antidepressant. It helps calm the mind and induce relaxation. The rose tones the vascular system and has a soothing action.
Jasmine: Is widely used in Asian countries. It is said to have a sedative effect and at the same time it has an uplifting effect on mood and emotions. It also helps warm and relax the body and is therefore an ingredient in massage oils and creams.
Lavender: This is one of the most common and popular ingredients in eau de toilette and skin toners. Lavender is an extremely versatile ingredient. It is said to have a tonic and sedative action in case of nervous tension.
Orange blossom (Neroli): Neroli is extracted from bitter orange blossoms. It is used in making cologne. Like lavender, it also blends well with other essential oils. It also has a calming effect on the mind and has been used to relieve anxiety and nervous tension.
Marigold or Gainda flowers, both fresh and dried, can be used for beauty treatments. In hot water, add four tablespoons of flowers. Do not boil. Let the flowers soak in hot water for 20-30 minutes. Filter and cool the water and use it to rinse the hair. Sunflower oil (pressed oil) can be applied to the face to soothe sunburn.
In addition to adding flavor to foods, many herbs are also said to soothe the mind and even help with sleep. Basil, or tulsi, is commonly used for many ailments in most homes. It is said to help colds, coughs and indigestion. It also has antibacterial properties and helps control skin problems. Mint also has antiseptic properties and is used for its cooling and soothing effect. Herbs like parsley and thyme are said to be powerful antioxidants. Herbs like eucalyptus and lemongrass are said to cure colds and fevers and also calm the mind.