If you can only have 3 essential oils, what would it be? Here are our top 3 recommendations.
1. Lavender to help you sleep.
It seems that the national sleep epidemic is getting more serious. The CDC found 1 in 3 adults who suffer from lack of sleep on a daily basis and most Americans are sleeping 2 hours less than we were a century ago. This is a huge and common problem, which is why lavender is at the top of our list.
The science: Korean researchers studied the effects of the lavender scent on 42 college students over 4 weeks. They found that the scent has a beneficial effect on insomnia and depression. [Reference]
2. Citrus for joyful energy
Our energy levels flows and ebbs throughout the day. There’s nothing like a whiff of orange to lift our mood and keep us going.
The science: One study compares the effects of clementine against vanilla. The mood map results suggest that scents like lemon, orange and clementine have a stimulating effect and increases happiness levels. [Reference]
3. Peppermint to stay sharp
Peppermint has a refreshing scent and there are a number of studies that show that it helps us stay mentally alert. This scent is therefore good for times when we need to focus on our work.
The science: One study compared the effect of aromas of plant essential oils on cognitive performance and mood with 144 participants. The researchers found that peppermint enhances memory and increases mental alertness. [Reference]
Feel free to share your own top 3 favourites in the comments!