How Scents Can Work Mood Magic

Change the way you feel with the art of aromaology

We’ve all used lavender oils to make our homes nice-smelling and inhaled eucalyptus to clear our congested sniffers. But did you know that there’s much more to scents than a temporary fix?

The Aveda Aroma Lab

In fact, aromaology – a unique Ayurveda-based science developed by Aveda that combines the art of aromatherapy with perfumery – can treat everything from depression to drug addictions (and even a flailing sex drive!).

Of course, you don’t have to hunch over a pot to experiment with brews yourself – here are grab-and-go remedies for five common modern-day ailments that harness the immense power of scents. Sure beats going to the doc and popping pills every time you feel under the weather.

1. Tension

Is your mounting workload overwhelming you and causing you sleepless nights? Lavender can help. When inhaled or applied, this all-round soother helps to eliminate tension, relieve pain and enhance blood circulation. It can also be used to disinfect the skin and works as a scalp treatment for itchiness and dandruff.

Try this: Aveda Beautifying Composition, $52. This rich, conditioning body oil is packed with organic lavender, soybean oil, olive oil, safflower oil, rosemary and bergamot for effective tension relief.

2. Anger

To relax the body and let those happy feelings bubble up, try the centuries-old remedy of ylang ylang. Awesome emotional benefits aside, this sweet-scented treat is great for the skin in keeping its moisture and oil levels balanced. It also leaves you feeling smooth, hydrated and not greasy. FYI, it acts as an aphrodisiac too — just throwing that out there.

Try this: Aveda Shampure Composition, $52. It’s a luscious mix of 25 pure flower and plant essences (healthy dose of ylang ylang included!) that nourishes skin while calming the mind. Can be used for bath, body, nails and scalp.

3. Anxiety

If you’re having difficulty pulling yourself out of an emotional rut (and we know how tough that can be), give clary sage a go. Inhaling this natural relaxant and sedative induces positive thoughts, and can help you battle addictions – in particular, drug addictions. When applied topically, its astringent properties help strengthen and tighten saggy skin.

Try this: Aveda Stress-Fix Composition, $52. This mood-changer – thanks to clary sage from the French Alps, organic lavender and lavandin – has been proven to ease stress. It also relieves skin dryness and offers instant radiance.

4. Lethargy and fatigue

Is the mind willing but the flesh weak? Some ambrette might help. This woody, musky scent is great for relieving mental fatigue and anxiety, and helps balance our hormones too (bye bye, PMS). Bonus: It also encourages the regeneration of new cells, especially hair growth.

Try this: Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo, $48, Invati Thickening Conditioner, $48, and Invati Scalp Revitalizer, $110. This haircare trio, designed to reduce hair loss, is filled with oils like ambrette, lavender, rosemary, ylang ylang and myrtle that energise and invigorate you.

5. Low self-confidence

Time to bloom like a rose – using that beloved bloom, of course! This popular scent has been proven to help boost confidence, in addition to purifying the body and heightening immunity thanks to the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it contains.

Try this: Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Crème, $89. Packed with pure flower and plant essences including rose, geranium and neroli, this fresh, floral cream intensely hydrates skin and leaves it smelling good enough to eat.

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