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When life is so busy, it’s important that we make the most of our downtime.
Essential oils can do all kinds of amazing things, but one of the most important things they can do is to simply create a cosy, comfortable mood.
This allows us to set our physiology for relaxation and truly unwind. When you’re just looking to settle back into your comfiest chair with a book, or to put a podcast on and close your eyes, these are the oils that you should have in your diffuser.
Vibrant bergamot is renowned for managing to be both uplifting and calming. The zesty oil boosts mood whilst also lowering stress levels, helping to keep us in a calm, happy space.
A study in 2011 showed that bergamot’s mood boosting effects were so powerful that the oil could even improve symptoms of depression.
Bergamot’s ability to increase positive feelings can help to make your evening in the best it can be.
Cedarwood’s earthy scent is renowned for its grounding, sedative effect.
Increasing our awareness of our surroundings and contentment in our situation, it’s able to reduce our stress and promote balance in our emotions, leaving us feeling cosy and at peace.
Cinnamon oil is known to create feelings of warmth and comfort, reducing stress and promoting positivity. It’s warming effect helps to create that sensation of being cosy that accompanies a restful evening.
The stimulating effects of cinnamon can also help to counteract the effects of other more sedative oils on this list, and the oil is therefore a good choice in blends.
Frankincense oil has a warming effect that helps us to feel cosy and contented. A study in 2008 found that the oil activated TRPV3 channels in the brain which can create a feeling of warmth in the skin.
Researchers found that this feeling of warmth led to a more positive mood, suggesting that frankincense’s warming effect can help us to better enjoy our evening.
Geranium’s floral scent has a soothing effect on the mind that helps us to unwind and blow off steam.
A study in 2015 found that geranium’s anti-anxiety effects were so powerful that it could even increase the anxiety of women during labour.
Diffusing your favourite cosy oils in combination can set the perfect mood.
Often used as a sleep aid, lavender is known to have calming, soothing effects.
This is thought to be due to the presence of the constituent linalool which helps to slow our heart rate and ease our worries.
Whatever the cause, lavender is an incredibly popular oil for self-care and relaxation.
Lemongrass has a soothing effect on the body and has also been found to soothe negative emotions.
A study in 2015 found that people exposed to an anxiety-causing situation experienced a decrease in anxiety after smelling lemongrass, and were able to recover entirely from the negative emotions much faster.
Lemongrass is also a brightening, uplifting oil, promoting a sense of positivity.
Mandarin oil shares the positivity-promoting qualities of other citrus oils, lifting low moods and creating a sense of happiness.
Unusually for a citrus oil, mandarin also has sedative qualities, and is great for relieving stress and anxiety.
Spearmint is a great choice for preventing any obstacles to your relaxation. It has been shown to reduce the severity of tension headaches and can also improve the flow of oxygen around the body, preventing muscle ache.
Spearmint also has decongesting properties that allow it clear blocked airways. Beyond this, its brightening, uplifting effects help to encourage happy feelings.
Sweet orange is an incredibly positive and uplifting oil with wonderful benefits for the mind.
A study in 2014 found that the oil was able to boost feelings of relaxation and comfort in subjects – the exact emotions that any cosy evening in should leave us with.
Said by researchers to have a ‘harmonising’ effect on emotions, ylang ylang has been found to have wonderful benefits for mood and self-assurance.
A study in 2004 found that the oil is particularly useful for releasing negative emotions such as anger or jealousy, leaving only positive feelings.
Everyone’s perfect relaxing scent will be slightly different, and the best way to find yours is simply by experimentation.
If you’re not sure where to begin, you might want to try our Relax & Unwind Pure Essential Oil Blend, a soothing mix of bergamot, lavender and lemongrass.
If you’re looking to capture those cosy feelings, you could also try our Cosy Night In Pure Essential Oil Blend, which combines cedarwood, cinnamon, lavender and ylang ylang.
Shop our Relax & Unwind Pure Essential Oil Blend.
Shop our Cosy Night In Pure Essential Oil Blend.