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April 1st, 2015

Scents can be very powerful, which is why aromatherapy has been popular for many, many years. I’ve always gravitated to certain scents, particularly spicy ones like, eucalyptus and thyme (which I frequently diffuse in the house). I also love the scent of rosemary and any kind of citrus. A couple months ago I was reading about the beneficial properties of essential oil of rosemary for reducing cortisol, boosting concentration, and stimulating mental activity. Since my job can be stressful at times, ie. tax time and during end of the month procedures, I decided to buy a terra-cotta diffuser from Mountain Rose Herbs** for diffusing essential oils in my office while I work. I love this little thing, there are no fans, no electric, just a calming scent filling the air of my office.
terra-cotta essential oil diffuser
Each morning, I put two drops each of rosemary and sweet orange essential oil on it and hang it in the window. The sun warms it slightly and the wonderful scent fills the air. Sweet orange oil is said to create a happy, relaxed feeling while lifting the mood. Research suggests that it helps to reduce pulse rate and salivary cortisol levels, just like rosemary essential oil. Even if it didn’t have these properties it would be worth diffusing just for the scent. Do I notice less stress when my office smells great? Certainly! My mood is instantly lifted when I walk into the office.

Do you use aromatherapy in your home? What’s your favorite scent or combo of scents? 

**I have an affiliate account through Mountain Rose Herbs, it helps me pay the bills associated with this blog. If you purchase spices, tea, or essential oils through them, consider clicking through the link in my sidebar and help support my work here.

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.