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Which Scents are Calming


Like the Lemongrass Essential Oil from Auroshikha, there are several scents that have a calming effect on people.  Calm and agitation all begin in the brain with a release of chemicals in response to a thought or situation. It goes to reason that there are things that trigger a calming response and one of those is scent. Scent is a powerful initiator of memory and emotion. Scents can be delivered using different vehicles such as via incense, via essential oil in a burner, via essential oil put on the body or through simmering whole herb in water *steam method*.  Each delivery method has different results depending on the system used and the person using it.

Some scents used to initiate a calming response in the body are Lavender, Chamomile, Lemongrass, Sandalwood (promotes calm by encouraging a singular focus, thus quieting an excited mind) or really whatever else calms you.  Perhaps a certain scent evokes memory of happy times and places.  Just that happy memory will release the “happy chemicals” in the brain and calm agitation.

The vehicle you choose to deliver the scent can also play a part in the calming process.  Sometimes watching a single, wispy, strand of incense smoke curl up into the air is enough to calm the mind and body.  Some people don’t like smoke and prefer a water bath essential oil burner.  Sometimes, if you are going to be out and about, enveloping yourself in a protective atmosphere of scent can provide that portable calming scent that is needed to get through stressful situations.  Sometimes it is nice just to put a tiny bit of essential oil in with your face cream and apply it to the face or apply some to your hair so only you can smell it.

It is amazing what scent can do for you in your daily life.  It can reduce stress and initiate calm when you need it.  It can also be used in many different forms and ways.  Let your own inner voice guide you as to what and how to use scent in your life.  Life is what you make it; you have choices so why not make it great?  As always be safe with using essential oils and only use oils and incense as directed.

Please leave a comment and let us know what scent you use to encourage that calming response in you!


Lemongrass Essential Oil to the Rescue!



Genus Species : Cymbopogon flexuosus

The genus species is important because there are many, many types of Lemongrass but this one is used on the body and in the body.  So when you buy lemongrass oil shop by name (lemongrass) and genus species. 

Lemongrass is a good antioxidant.  It has also been used to help with muscle, joint and tendon pain.  It is a relaxant and relaxes nerves and muscles so can help with some types of pain.  Like lavender essential oil does.  Here at Violet and Company we use it diluted 20:80 (20 drops essential oil to 80 drops vegetable oil like a sweet almond or grapeseed oil- but you can also use olive oil in a pinch).  Then we rub it on the affected muscle or area. 

There are many other documented uses for Lemongrass essential oil such as a mental pick me up.  Some use lemongrass to brighten the mood.

Of course you can also drink lemongrass tea.  It is a calming and uplifting tea that is good iced in summer months.  The tea is made using the dried plant.

Oh, by the way, don’t use this oil on a cat or dog without talking to a vet first.  Cats especially don’t do well with citrus essential oils.

You can buy the essential oil here

Lemongrass Essential Oil and Joy

Today athletes use all sorts of things to get better in their sport, for example vitamins or special machines to measure oxygen content in the blood.  We use drugs to take away our depression, we take medicine to lower our blood pressure.  What about using our sense of smell?

Our sense of smell is one vehicle that is available to us to use to influence our bodies and our mood and enhance our performance.  Our brains are wired for smell.  Smell is one of the most powerful senses that we have. Scent has been used for centuries to enhance performance, sharpen the mind and  focus the energy.

Try sandalwood to focus the mind and calm.  Try rose to open the heart and bring a loving atmosphere. Try lemongrass for joy and energy today!  Auroshikha makes a great essential oil of lemongrass-just a few drops in a diffuser does wonders!

Photo by Martin Talbot

Photo by Martin Talbot

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