Top Home Essential Oils
If you’re thinking about new ways to bring some peace and tranquility to your home in the Sacramento apartments for rent, maybe infusing a bit of aromatherapy into your lifestyle is the way to go? The right smells, according to some, can make a world of difference in your home:
“Smell is our most primitive sense, directly affecting the limbic system, the section of our brains involved with sex, motivation and emotion. According to proponents of aromatherapy, we can harness this connection by using scents we find calming, pleasing or uplifting.”
Sounds simple enough, no? Get the right smells (via essential oils) and a diffuser, and you’re all set. All that’s left now is to track down the right oils to add to your kit, and for that, we’ve surveyed the options and narrowed it down to a few prominent choices among the bunch, and included a bit of extra information you’ll find handy if you’re new to the whole aromatherapy thing. Here’s what you’ll need to know.
The Lowdown on Essential Oils
Essential oils are a principal tool in the practice of aromatherapy. As we mentioned above, the idea is that you use the scents to creating a calming atmosphere around the home, and there’s some information to suggest that the right oils will have effects beyond just setting the right mood.
This report from ABC News cites two pieces of research, from the University of California-Davis and the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, showing that certain smells may have ranging effects — from acting as an antioxidant to helping assuage feelings of anxiety. Here are some of the most well-known options and what they might be able to do for you.
We’ve all heard of this famous Australian plant species. It’s an ingredient in many a popular respiratory remedy (think Vicks VapoRub and the like) and has been shown to have several other interesting properties. There’s its antimicrobial ability, for instance (eucalyptus was once used to clean medical implements and to treat various wounds), and its ability to stimulate immune responses. What’s more, eucalyptus have some efficacy as a low-grade pain reliever, alleviating the intensity of muscle and joint aches. Used in essential oils, the scent of eucalyptus also helps when you’ve got a blocked nose (and need to reduce that congestion).
There are multiple varieties of eucalyptus oil you can try for your diffuser at home, but be forewarned — it has a powerful scent, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Use it judiciously, though, and it will bring an undeniably fresh scent to whatever room you decide to use it in, along with the possibility some of those additional benefits as well.
Another powerful scent we’re all acquainted with is peppermint, a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and a plant grown round the world. In addition to the calming effects that many popular essential oils are well-known for, peppermint might bright added bonuses, such as relieving headaches, serving as a decongestant (on account of the menthol it contains), and relieving nausea and helping with indigestion. The scent of peppermint is smooth, cool, and invigorating. This oil will add a refreshing aroma to your home and might even offer a little burst that will grant you a second wind when you’re feeling a bit down about your day.
Lavender seems to make the rounds on just about any list about anything even remotely natural, so it’s no surprise you’d find it here on our roundup as well. Lavender, in case you haven’t heard, is a genus of plants containing 47 species (that humanity knows about). The one we commonly refer to as lavender, however is the Lavandula angustifolia, also known as “true lavender.” This plant is widely hailed for its ability to soothe the nerves, quell nausea, reduce pain, and even treat fungal infections. Used as an essential oil in your home, lavender provides a sweet and flowery scent that isn’t too overpowering (part of the reason you’ll also find it in cleaning and body products).
A key ingredient in both lemonade and hot toddies, you know this citrus fruit well, and beyond being a great source of vitamin C, lemons are a powerful antioxidant, aid in boosting the immune system and helping you lose weight, and, according to some studies, play a part in preventing asthma. The scent of lemon is strong, citrusy, and sweet, but also has a slightly bitter aroma to it as well. That aroma, by the way, may also help you with regulating your mood when you pop it into your diffuser. Lemon may have some happiness-inducing qualities, and while more empirical evidence is needed to back the claim definitively, it’s not hard to find someone who gets just a little bit more excited at the smell of some of this freshly-squeezed citrus.
For a scent that’s more spicy than sweet, cinnamon hits the spot like few others can. Made from the bark of trees of the genus Cinnamomum, cinnamon, beyond its role as a spice in foods across the globe, is used as an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, to lower blood sugar, improve insulin sensitivity, protect against neurodegenerative diseases, and might even lower the risk of heart disease. When it comes to your aromatherapy regimen, cinnamon’s main role is in relaxing the muscles and helping relieve congestion from colds. If you’re a fan of the warm and spicy smell, this is one essential oil you’ll not want to pass up.
You’ll Leave the Sacramento Apartments for Rent Smelling Even More Lovely
Those soothing scents you choose to employ will be a lovely complement to the already serene looking homes at The Arbors. These spaces were designed for comfort at an easy-going pace, so if it’s a bit of relaxation you seek, know that it’s always well within reach in this splendid community. Ready to take another step on the road to your dream lifestyle? Check out what The Arbors has in store for you, then drop us a line to make one of these beautiful rental homes your new one.