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There’s a reason this floral scent has been used in everything from perfumes to night creams. It’s not only relaxing, but it’s been shown to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. In fact, a recent study, published in the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, demonstrated this exactly. “They found that aromatherapy with rose oil can reduce anxiety by reducing sympathetic stimulation,” says Elizabeth Trattner, AP, DOM, National Board Certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture with a private practice in Miami Beach. “I recommend it for bedtime use because it helps you feel grounded, centered and secure before bedtime.” Here are the most impressive benefits of using roses for skin care.
This all-around essential oil has been used since Biblical times to treat just about everything under the sun—from physical ailments to mental illnesses. “The complex resinous base note of Frankincense helps establish rituals, which makes it particularly useful at nighttime,” says Sara Panton of essential oil and diffuser brand Vitruvi. “We love using this oil when we are wanting to implement a new wellness habits like a new sleep ritual that will help ground and prepare for sleep.” She recommends adding three drops of Frankincense to the palms of your hands and rubbing them along the bottoms of your feet.
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Lavender is perhaps one of the best known varieties of essential oil, but not only because of its soothing scent. “Lavender has anti-microbial, fungal and viral activity to it and is also an analgesic, sedative, anti anxiolytic,” says Trattner. “It helps with headaches, lice, cysts, muscle pain, digestive issues, depression, nervousness, and many other mood disorders and can also help with PMS as well-being.” If that’s not enough incentive, know this: There are over 350 studies on lavender demonstrating everything from mood enhancement and balance to pain relief. For relaxation before bedtime, Trattner suggests mixing a few drops of lavender with clary sage, geranium, and ylang ylang in a spray bottle of distilled water. “I spray it in my room and on my treatment table to help patients relax before a treatment.” Even simply looking at these photos of lavender farms relaxes us.