There's really no faster way for me to change my mood, than to add a new scent. I'm partial to warm and musky smells, lavender, vanilla, and nag champa are a staples around my house, but for Christmas it seemed like a good time to do something special. Something to subconsciously soothe nerves, you know, but just in case. Plus, it gives me an excuse to go around the garden picking herbs and pulling off branches.
In addition to christmas cheer, all of these smells have an unique aromatherapy benefit. You might just have a happier and healthier Christmas with a simmer pot full of your favorite smells.
Pine - Not only is pine great for the respiratory system, but it also works to energize people and has links to healing mild depression.
Cinnamon - Works as an aphrodisiac, just gonna throw that out there first. In addition to that, it works to stimulate appetite. It also works well for irritability and headaches, which happens sometimes after traveling.
Orange - Oranges always have kind of a lively smell to me, that kind of encourages socializing. In addition to that it's said to relieve anxiety, so if you're nervous about meeting up with family members, or meeting someone else's family for that matter, maybe keep some oranges around for backup.
Rosemary - I learned a while ago that rosemary has been used for some time, by some time I mean thousands of years, to enhance memory. It has similar benefits to pine, where the smell is good for your respiratory tract and also calms the nervous system. So, these two are kind of interchangeable, but who couldn't use more stress relief and deep breathing?
I also added a few of these white flowers, I don't know the variety, but they have a sweet smell to balance out the more astringent properties coming from the pine and rosemary.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 large pot of water
- 1 orange - sliced
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- 5 small pieces of rosemary
- a few flowers or petals of your choice
- Add all ingredients to a large pot of water.
- Bring to a soft boil until it starts to produce a strong smell.
- Reduce heat to medium and check every 45 minutes to add more fresh water.
If you happen to have an extra burner on the stove this Christmas, try simmering some smells that you like and see if it has an impact on your overall mood. :) Merry Christmas!