With National Aromatherapy Awareness week just around the corner I thought it would be an ideal time to share with you 11 of the best natural fragrances which either on their own or when blended create emotionally and mentally uplifting aromas which put a spring in your step and a smile on your face…
I’ve made a point of choosing oils that are easy to get hold of and ones that don’t cost a fortune to buy!
- Basil – A beautifully deep green leafy plant that not only makes your pasta sauce taste amazing it’s also excellent at relieving mental fatigue. The woody notes create emotional clearing that helps the mind clarify its concerns and re-organise and file away issues creating an awakening sensation.
- Bergamot – secretly one of my favourite scents, Bergamot is uplifting and refreshing, slightly citrusy but with a light floral touch. By creating a cheerful, happy feeling it can be used to help relieve anxiety and lift any black clouds which may be hanging over your mood.
- Black Pepper – with its deep spicy notes Black Pepper is a wonderfully warming essential oil that aids tension relief and boosts mental and emotional confidence. As a stimulant for muscles, which the heart and brain both are it has energising properties and is also warming to the soul. Lubylu’s Amaryllis & Black Pepper fragrance harnesses the spicy notes whilst blending beautifully with light, white florals.
- Fennel – With strong aniseed notes the traditional emotional use for Fennel is to increase courage and mental strength. It’s more often used for digestive complaints and by alleviating issues within that area, your whole body feels revived and uplifted.
- Geranium – as one of the most versatile essential oils, Geranium blends exceptionally well with many other oils. Its uplifting and greenly floral notes give it a grounding and homely feel. Mental calmness and a feeling of serenity follows a feeling of being grounded which is why Geranium can be seen as uplifting even though these two emotions may appear to be contradictory.
- Lime – As with all citrus fragrances, they can’t help but make you smile, apparently it’s scientifically proven, it’s the kind of science I like. Lime is a clean and fresh, light and spiritually uplifting scent which is slightly sweeter and greener than lemon making it feel a little less harsh at times. The Lubylu cheeky fragrance of Mojito is a great zesty blend of sparkling limes, fizzy bubbles and a hint of refreshing peppermint
- Marjoram – The ability of Marjoram to help relieve headaches and focus the mind allows it to create a feeling of stress relief. Once head fog has cleared you can get on with your and free your soul to be uplifted.
- Peppermint – As a very strong natural fragrance, Peppermint is best used sparingly. When blended with others it has a tendency to take over and completely envelope the other aromas. It aids concentration by its ability to cleanse the mind and the body. By being cooling and refreshing it facilitates mental focus and concentration.
- Petitgrain – A beautifully woody fragrance with de-stressing and re-balancing properties. It’s an important base note of many mainstream perfumes with very similar, less refined tones to Neroli but at about ten times less expensive!
- Sweet Orange – This is a very versatile essential oil as it works well in summer and in winter depending on what you blend it with. Its warming deep fruity notes blend beautifully with winter spices to create soul heartening aromas yet the fresh, sweet and zesty notes welcome you to drift away to warm and sunny Mediterranean shores. One of the happiest essential oils in the spectrum.
- Ylang Ylang – A second favourite of mine due to its deep woody tones and ability to make you feel so good about yourself and all things around you. It’s likened to a euphoric state by some and is well documents to create emotional uplift.
These are just 11 of the vast number of essential oils that are widely available on the market, I hope it gives you a good starting point of what you can use to uplift your spirits at times when you need a little emotional, mental or soulful boost.
It’s crucial when choosing the essential oils that you read the descriptions and ensure that they are of the highest quality, naturally distilled not chemically extracted and it is also advised that if you have any medical conditions, or if you’re pregnant that you seek professional medical advice before using essential oils.
Lucy Pimblott, Owner at Lubylu