It shouldn’t be that hard to schedule in time for yourself and just enjoy your own company but more often than not we fill up the white space in our calendars with more errands, meetings and social events. At times it can feel like everything is spinning out of control. If you’re the type of person who loves scheduling things by the hour and never sits still, clear some time in your day to relax and wind down. Treat it like an appointment you can’t miss.
It’s easy to say yes to things that you don’t feel like doing. This can be out of guilt, out of obligation and the fear of missing out. If you find that you don’t have much time during the week, don’t pack your weekend full of stuff. This is your reset time. Use the weekend to be chilled AF so you’re ready to take on the world come Monday.
One of the best ways to relax is to light a scented candle, burn some incense or put on your diffuser with some essential oils. Use this time to meditate, do some yoga, read a book, take a bath, listen to music or a podcast, read some blog posts or just sit there and do nothing.
Below are some of the best incense and essential oils to use for some inner peace and tranquility.
If you want to prep yourself for the best sleep ever and wake up refreshed, lavender is your go-to scent. It refreshes the mind, body and spirit and leaves you feeling calm and in control. It also helps to reduce stress and anxiety. If you burn some lavender incense or essential oil before bed, dim the lights and snuggle under the covers with a good book and you’ll have the most blissed out sleep of your life.
Blissful lavender recommendations:
Sandalwood is regarded as a holy wood and is renowned in India for its powerful healing properties. It is said to rid you of negative thoughts and energies and is one of the best incense to use if you want to manifest changes and attract opportunities into your life and for other people. It also calms the mind, heals emotional trauma and restores inner balance.
Top healing sandalwood picks:
Jasmine is associated with love and beauty. When using jasmine, it is believed that you will attract people with beautiful and appealing personalities. These are the people that bring out positive attributes within yourself as well. If you are looking to let go of negative relationships and attract more positive influences into your life, this is the scent for you.
Positive jasmine options:
One of the most well-known fragrances in the incense world is Nag Champa. It is an effective aid for meditation as it instantly relaxes the mind. Usually mixed with the popular sandalwood or magnolia, it increases spiritual awareness.
Spiritual nag champa choices:
Use some peppermint incense and essential oil when you’re feeling sick or rundown. It aids in clearing the airways and promotes slow and regular breathing. It’s also said to alleviate muscle tension and joint pain as well as providing relief for headaches. If putting essential oil on your skin, make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil like almond or olive oil.
Top natural remedy peppermint picks:
Usually associated with tea, chamomile aids in digestion and relaxation. However, if you use chamomile essential oil or burn this incense it will bring in a more peaceful and serene energy into your home. If you are feeling overwhelmed or uneasy, this will make you feel more grounded.
Relaxing chamomile recommendations:
Lemongrass is your go-to happy scent! It will lift your mood and brighten the overall feel of the environment you’re in. If you’re feeling down and need to get motivated, use some lemongrass and you will instantly walk with more spring in your step.
Mood lifting lemongrass options:
What’s better than the smell of Christmas? A time of excitement, joy and food comas can also come with feelings of overwhelm. So when you’re feeling stressed and chaos ensues in areas of your life, get everything back on track, relax and gather your thoughts with some pine.
Christmas pine top picks:
What are the first words that pop into your head when you think about cinnamon? For most people it would be fire, warmth and comfort. Cinnamon is a great scent to use after a long day at work and when you want to banish all your worries away and feel toasty warm at home.
Toasty warm cinnamon choices:
If cinnamon is too strong for you, vanilla is the next best option. Similar to cinnamon, it makes us think about comfort and safety so it’s a perfect choice for an afternoon or relaxation and bliss.
Comforting vanilla options:
Patchouli is great for wellbeing and mental clarity. It is believed to relieve stress and anxiety and create more space in your mind to make clear decisions. If you’re feeling unsettled and on the verge of burnout, take some time out with patchouli.
Burnout patchouli cures:
Rose is for matters of the heart. If you want to experience more feelings of affection, respect and peace in your relationships, not just the romantic ones, open up your heart with rose. It is also the perfect scent to use when you are in the mood to relax your mind and body in the bedroom.
Loved up rose picks:
Known as the fragrance of the medieval period, frankincense is as powerful now as it was back then. It is said to hold strong purification properties and helps calm the central nervous system. Burn some frankincense and without distractions, sit down and take a few deep breaths, you’ll feel instantly calmer and less buzzed.
Purifying frankincense recommendations:
In Eastern cultures, ylang-ylang is known to represent love and seduction. If you’re looking for a scent to accompany those bedroom sessions, seduce and impress with some ylang-ylang. It is also said to open up barriers of communication and connection.
Steamy ylang-ylang go-to’s:
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