If you’re in need of a refreshing mist or sniff that’s enough to boost your mood, focus, and energy levels—and you don’t have the time to try this simple energy-lifting routine—pick up some peppermint. Studies have linked peppermint essential oils to a reduction in heart rate and headaches, two side effects of high stress. “You can inhale the oil directly from the bottle (great if you work in an office with scent-sensitive people) or diffuse three drops of oil in water for an hour up to three times a day,” Maat van Uitert, essential oil expert, says. “It can also be used topically: Dilute one drop of oil in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.” Just test a small area of skin to make sure you’re not allergic. Additionally, van Uitert recommends buying your oils from a reputable source to ensure purity. “Cheap oils might not be pure, and you won’t see the same effect.” Here are some other essential oils that will amp your energy levels.
Jasmine is an one of the most calming essential oils—here are the others. It’s one that is often used during massages thanks to its ability to enhance relaxation and relieve tension. In addition, Kac Young, PhD, doctor of naturopathy and clinical hypnotherapy, says jasmine is known to soothe the nervous system, restore energy, have an uplifting effect on a tired body, boost self-confidence, and stimulate the respiratory system so you breathe better and easier. “This essential oil can even ease a coughing spell and promote a deep sense of calm to the one who inhales it.” Facing a tight deadline? Add a few drops of jasmine to the palms of your hand. Dr. Young suggests storing some jasmine in a personal pendant diffuser or water-based diffuser, which releases into the air around you. “Add six to seven drops to your diffuser and let it run for 20 minutes several times a day to keep yourself in balance,” recommends Dr. Young.