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The Best Scents To Zen Out Your Home

Whether it is stress relief or better concentration that you are after, these scents will put you in the right state of mind.

Being confined to a space for weeks is not the easiest thing to do (cabin fever is a real thing, mind you). But with the increasing severity of the Covid-19 situation, social distancing and staying home is the only responsible thing to do. So how does one turn being stuck at home into a Zen experience? On top of our cheat sheet is to introduce specific scents into your living space in order to help calm and soothe the mind. Here, we suss out the must-have ingredients to include in your fragrances. So go ahead, wake up and smell the jasmine, lavender, peppermint and more.

For a calmer mind: Lavender (Diptyque Feuille de Lavande Scented Candle, $52)
Lavender has always been known to help with relaxation and sleep thanks to its calming properties which aid in controlling emotional stress. It also has a soothing effect on the nerves and is said to help in reducing tension, headaches and migraines. This candle contains both lavender and hints of little blue flowers to give you a carefree feeling like being in the summer fields. For a positive mindset: Jasmine (Hush Candle Jasmine Orange Essential Oil Candle, $18)
Being cooped up at home can cause anxiety and loneliness. This scent is said to act as an anti-depressant and to help calm nerves with its uplifting floral and slightly fruity bouquet. Jasmine essential oil relaxes and promotes self-confidence while orange essential oils give you that refreshing zing. For improved mental concentration and to battle exhaustion: Peppermint (Hush Candle Peppermint Orange Essential Oil Candle, $18)
Feeling restless and unmotivated especially when you know your bed is just in the room next door? To combat that, opt for peppermint scents. It helps to promote concentration and focus while stimulating clear thinking. One candle to try is the peppermint- and orange-based one from Hush Candles which is said to stimulate mental activity, clear the respiratory tract and prevent nausea. For an instant perk me up: Lemon (Goutal Paris Un Air d'Hadrien Candle, $115, Escentials)
The scent from this citrus fruit not only helps to improve one’s overall mood, its refreshing properties can also aid in reducing stress and anxiety. This candle features notes of zingy Sicilian lemon and herbaceous cypress to create a calming and comforting feeling. For mental energy: Rosemary (Hysses Rosemary Essential Oil, $25.90)
This scent is known for its ability to treat headaches and mental fatigue and fight physical exhaustion. It is best used in the morning to get your engine going so that you can start the day on the right note. Add this essential oil to your diffuser or burner in the morning to perk up your senses and keep you alert. Bonus: You can use it to massage deeply into muscles and pressure points.