The good oils: Over the counter mind-improvers

Posted on 28/10/2017 0 CommentPosted by in Fitness

“The use of concentrated plant-derived aromatic oils impacts health and wellbeing…”  Guy Vincent, an aromatherapy expert and the head perfumer at Aveda,  explains to The Huffington Post.


There are some serious upsides to sprinkling a bit of essential oil here and there, so we what are some of the most popular aromatherapy oils and how they can help us improve our moods, minds and bodies. Check em’ out below!


Scent: Herbal and floral

Mood/mind effect: Calming to the mind and restorative in times of stress

Beauty effect: Antiseptic acne treatment, natural hair growth agent

Aromatherapy: Lavender

To buy: Yardley London English Lavender soap; Kiehl’s Lavender Foaming-Relaxing Bath; Orglamix pure lavender essential oil

Vetiver (root oil)

Scent: Robust, woody and earthy

Mood/mind effect: Grounding, supporting and centering

Beauty effect: Moisturizing, skin toning, fades and removes scars

Aromatherapy: Vetiver

To buy: Edens Garden pure vetiver therapeutic essential oil; Malin+Goetz vetiver candle; Forest Essentials sandalwood and vetiver hair cleanser



Scent: Woody and evergreen

Mood/mind effect: Stimulating and refreshing

Beauty effect: Hair volumizer and shine agent, facial astringent, skin moisturizer

Aromatherapy: Rosemary

To buy: Avalon Organics volumizing rosemary shampoo; Aveda rosemary mint hand relief cream; NOW Foods rosemary essential oil


Scent: Strong and minty

Mood/mind effect: Invigorating and empowering

Beauty effect: Anti-fungal nail treatment, blemish spot treatment, moisturizer

Aromatherapy: Peppermint

To buy: Heritage Store peppermint essential oil; Lush Cosmetics “Pink Peppermint” foot cream; Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balm

Ylang Ylang

Scent: Exotic, romantic and floral

Mood/mind effect: Balancing and seductive

Beauty effect: Skin toner, acne treatment and natural hair growth remedy

Aromatherapy: Ylang Ylang

To buy: Herbivore Botanicals ylang ylang and vanilla dead sea salts; Molton Brown ylang ylang candle; Young Living ylang ylang essential oil


Scent: Sensual and sweet

Mood/mind effect: Antidepressant, calming and aphrodisiac

Beauty effect: Antiseptic and helps fades scar marks

Aromatherapy: Jasmine

To buy: Aerin “Ikat Jasmine” perfume; Edens Garden jasmine essential oil, $50; Diptyque jasmine candle, $32


Scent: Warm, sweet and delicate

Mood/mind effect: Restorative, boosts confidence and aphrodisiac

Beauty effect: Anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and strengthens hair roots

Aromatherapy: Rose

To buy: Weleda wild rose body oil; Best Therapeutic rose essential oil; Pacifica Persian rose reed diffuser


Scent: Spicy, sweet and citrusy

Mood/mind effect: Cleansing and refreshing

Beauty effect: Antiseptic properties, natural deodorant, skin toner

Aromatherapy: Bergamot

To buy: Naturopathica Sicillian bergamot body lotion; Dolce & Gabbana “Velvet Bergamot” perfume; Aveda bergamot essential oil

Full story on the Huffington Post here.

Main image:  Lily Rose Depp with the Chanel rose  Photographer Leila Smara

Image 2: Lavender Photo by Frank Marino on Unsplash

Image 3: Ylang ylang Wiki Commons

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