Woman's Day (USA)
Go wild for flowers
How bouquets can give you a boost
Now is the perfect time to harness a little flower power! Treat yourself to a fresh bouquet, get into the garden, stroll mindfully and stop to smell those roses, or indulge in aromatherapy. Some floral essential oils may help tame stress, which is crucial for good heart health. Use a diffuser to fill a room with a soothing scent; add a few drops of oil to a spray bottle and then mist the air or your sheets; or dab oil on your neck, hop in a steamy shower, and say spa-ahhh. Here Ginger Ravencroft, an aromatherapy expert and the owner of Ravenscroft Escentials, shares her favorite flowery scents:
Sweet and fruity, it may help decrease stress by stimulating the region of the brain that controls emotions and the central nervous system.
This increases the release of dopamine, a brain chemical central to good mood, and studies have shown that it could have antidepressant and antianxiety effects.
“It’s one of the most well-known and studied botanicals,” says Ravencroft. Lavender acts like a natural sedative to relieve stress, and studies suggest that it may help improve sleep.
With its lemony, sweet, woodsy scent, frankincense is thought to lower blood pressure and heart rate to produce a calming effect.