Scent therapy doesn’t just soothe your mind, but your skin as well.
If you’ve noticed a sudden outburst of an existing skin condition – acne, psoriasis, eczema – chalk it up to another thing you can blame on stress. “Stress causes the activation of certain cells that lead to inflammation,” says Dr Loretta Ciraldo, a dermatologist in Miami. You’ll likely see the effects on your face first since that’s where breakouts are most apparent. But if you don’t tame your nerves, you may even start to notice hair loss and, in severe cases, bumps, ridges, and discolouration on nails, Dr Ciraldo says. She is a proponent of scent therapy, explaining that 15 minutes of mindfulness a day coupled with a calming essential oil can go a long way towards lessening stress enough that symptoms may not appear at all.