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Aromatherapy: what is it?
Aromatherapy practises have been used for thousands of years to promote healing of the mind, body and soul through plant extracts. Each plant extract has a particular scent which has its own benefits and healing properties.
How do I choose a scent for my home?
Does your home have a signature scent? If not, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Lavender: Lavender plants or extract is most popularly used to ease effects of anxiety and promote relaxation. Who doesn't want to feel more relaxed?
Sandalwood: Sandalwood's sweet and soft scent is known to induce calmness and positive thinking.
Eucalyptus: This is a great fragrance to use in the winter months as it can help to relieve cold and flu symptoms. By opening your airways, eucalyptus oil can help you to breathe more easily.
Peppermint: Peppermint is commonly known as an anti-inflammatory. It can help to ease headaches, improve memory and cognitive function, and lift your mood.
There are many fragrance options available for your home. These are just a few of my favourite combos to create a signature scent for my humble abode.
How to add a scent to your home
Adding a scent to your home can be done in a few ways, including burning candles, incense sticks or using an essential oil diffuser.
There is nothing better than winding down after a long day with your scent of choice and opening up the blinds to let a soft breeze float through your sanctuary. Half Price Blinds Vertisheers are a great choice to help incorporate a soft, chic look to your calm space.
Are fragrance oils suitable for pets?
If you have pets at home, it's important to check any fragrance oils used are safe around them! What's not calming is an emergency trip to the vet.
Fragrance oils that are safe for pets include: frankincense, chamomile, lavender oil, ginger, copaiba, and rosemary.
When introducing new smells into your home, ensure to do so gradually so your pets can get used to them and not be overwhelmed with strong scents. You can also double check with your vet to make sure what you're using is safe!
Creating a calming space in your home
It's important for your mental and physical health to have a space in your home where you can completely unwind. Some important considerations in the creation of a calming space are colours, lighting, decor and of course, scent.
Try and avoid over stimulating colours like red and orange. Instead, try using softer greens, blues and beige colours, as these are symbolic of nature and can lower your heart rate and reduce anxiety.
To create a space that's so cosy you don't want to leave, try adding pillows, blankets and sheets with a higher thread count so they're softer on your skin. A fragrance that's great for adding to the cosy feel is cinnamon!
It's all about capturing that natural light to improve wellbeing and mood, as natural light assists your body in producing more serotonin, a hormone that helps you feel happier! If you have a nice window, dress it with some of our sheer curtains to help soften incoming harsh light. Another great alternative is roller blinds as they're suitable for both day and night and make an optimal choice for those who like controlling the level of light.
Decluttering your space
What's not calming is having stuff everywhere! Try to clean out what you don't need, to keep your space free of unwanted distractions and mess. Check out our other blog post on decluttering if you need some more help in this area.
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