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Calming Scents for Troubled Times

Calming Scents for Troubled Times

In these tense times throughout the world, we need all the help we can get to feel calm and serene. Scientists agree hands down that our most primal sense is the sense of smell, exerting such a strong power over us that it can induce mood changes – including the deep calm and relaxation we’re aiming for. Here are some simple ways you can put this Power of Scent to work, helping you and your loved ones to feel more soothed and calm.

Just choose a calming essential oil from the list, and then explore the easy ways to use it.

Relaxing Essential Oils

Cinnamon. Cozy, comforting (caution: this oil may produce a burning sensation on the skin).
Florals. Stress relief.
Lavender. Relaxing, soothing.
Sandalwood. Warm, comforting.
Vanilla. Stress-reducing, relaxing.

Uses for Essential Oils

Dilute with water and spray on your bedsheets.
Use it in the bath.

Create scented massage oils.
Anoint candles with it.
Choose incense scented with it.
Put a drop on a cool light bulb to release its fragrance when you turn on the lamp.
Place some in a ceramic diffuser.
Simmer a few drops in a pot of water on the stove.

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Adapted from Sharing Your Heart by Cait Johnson with Anne B. Bond (Care2 Publishing, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Cait Johnson. Reprinted by permission of Care2 Publishing
Adapted from Sharing Your Heart by Cait Johnson with Anne B. Bond (Care2 Publishing, 2003).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.


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2:29PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Thank you for info.

2:28PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Thank you for info.

5:49AM PDT on May 17, 2012

Thanks for the info.

1:10AM PDT on May 17, 2012

Thank you for the information.

12:11PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Super information, thank YOU! I am going to try them all!


3:17PM PDT on Sep 20, 2011


12:03PM PST on Jan 7, 2011

I like lavender, raspberry and citrus scents.

5:02PM PST on Nov 22, 2010

thanks Cait.

12:03PM PDT on Jun 30, 2010

Wow, the Sandlewood and Vanilla sound wonderful. Just what I need, help relaxing with everything that is going on today. Thank you!

7:08AM PDT on Jun 30, 2010

Hmmm nice!

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I have lost respect for Dr. Hyman and will stick with my ethical vegan diet, thank you.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Great ideas! Thank you very much!

Good information, thank you.


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