5 Must-Have Essential Oils for Mind and Body

We know certain scents can trigger an emotional response, but did you know that smelling or applying pure essential oils can actually cause physical changes? Here are five dual-purpose essential oils that can help manage our moods and mend our body.

Lavender to de-stress and relax muscles
If you feel overwhelmed or have a hard time falling asleep, try inhaling Pharmaca Essential Oil of French Lavender. Lavender essential oil calms us by influencing the limbic region of the brain that controls emotions—and, according to recent research, does it as well as some pharmaceutical anti-depressants. The Alzheimer’s Society also says lavender has been shown to reduce agitation in patients.

If muscles are tense, rub on a balm made with a few drops of lavender essential oil blended into a tablespoon of unscented body lotion. Lavender is chock full of the natural compounds linalool and linalyl acetate, which scientists say are effective anti-inflammatory agents that can help ease aches and pains from arthritis or sore muscles.

Orange to uplift and soothe your belly
To brighten a dark mood, try adding a few drops of Pharmaca Orange Essential Oil to a diffuser to bring you back to your happy place. Citrus scents, especially sweet orange, renew us and invoke feelings of cheerfulness and wellbeing, aromatherapy experts tell us.

Orange essential oil helps digestion, too. Mix a few drops with a carrier oil like Pharmaca Unscented Massage Oil and massage onto the stomach area to help ease cramps, bloating or gas.

Rosemary for clarity and better memory
When your thinking is fuzzy and it’s hard to concentrate, inhale a whiff of Rosemary Essential Oil to clear your mind. It’s also great for you (or your kiddos) before test time, since studies show that rosemary boosts memory.

Rosemary also has antioxidant properties and, when combined with lavender, smelling it can boost our body’s ability to fight free radicals that cause cell damage and signs of aging.

Peppermint to energize and stop headaches
Peppermint’s minty freshness is an ideal pick-me-up when you’re in the middle of an energy slump. Menthol, the main ingredient in peppermint oil, has a strong, bracing smell that wakes us up.

The cool, tingly sensation It produces on skin stimulates nerve endings, too. Researchers have shown that peppermint oil applied to the forehead and temples produces a significant analgesic effect, ridding us of headaches in a natural way.

Rose for love and healthy skin
Roses are the eternal symbol of love. Sweet-smelling Pharmaca Essential Oil of Rose Moroccan in Jojoba is pre-diluted and perfect to dab on when you want to open your heart or bring love into your life.

Rose oil can boost the effectiveness of your skin care regimen, too. Studies show rose oil increases skin permeability, meaning skin care products work better by penetrating deeper into your skin. Apply a few drops of diluted rose oil to your skin before using your serums and lotions for the best effect.