Japanese research has proven that aromas definitely do affect the way we feel. Basil, juniper, peppermint, rose and ylang-ylang all increase your alertness; German chamomile, lavender, and sandalwood are sedating oils. Jasmine, pine, lemon and orange oils, by the way, reduce error rates in clerical work.
Yet no matter what mood category an aroma falls into, one thing is true if you like the smell of something. It will make you feel fabulous. Some aromas, particularly in the form of essential oils, have proved to be good for you on a more direct physical level. Science has revealed what it is that make these oils so potent for treating everyday ailments so if you’re looking to incorporate an essential oil to cure common health problems at home, here’s our guide to what oils are best: