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.

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).


LMj Sunshine

Thank you for info.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for info.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thank you for the information.

Holy Lawrence
Holly L5 years ago

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


May Howie
may Howie5 years ago


Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

I like lavender, raspberry and citrus scents.

karin m.
Karin M6 years ago

thanks Cait.

Rebecca S.
Rebecca Stover7 years ago

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

Hanan W.
Hana W7 years ago

Hmmm nice!