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Abhinav  Bhardwaj
Abhinav Bhardwaj Seattle, WA, USA

Does anyone have any favorite smells that instantly calms you down when you are feeling overwhelmed?

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  • Abhinav  Bhardwaj
    Abhinav Bhardwaj

    For me, it is lavender. I love the smell of lavender. I planted 4 lavender bushes in my front yard last year, and they smell so good.

  • vickie
    vickie

    I have a few. I love the smell of orange or bergamot. Fresh is lovely (especially the peel!) but a good quality essential oil helps me a lot too. I also love lavender.

    The best for me though is trees. Being in a forest is a holy experience for me. But even walking somewhere locally where there are a lot of trees soothes me. At Christmas when the tree lots are open, we go just so I can walk around and smell the trees! The fresh but earthy smell of pine or fir makes me happy.

    • Abhinav  Bhardwaj
      Abhinav Bhardwaj

      vickie Thanks for sharing. I also like the smell of oranges. I have not tried bergamot. I have heard Lavender is good for dogs too. It helps them calm down.

      I live in Seattle, and we have a lot of trees here. When I go on my runs, I usually go into the woods to smell the pines, trees, and the moistness around.

    • Abhinav  Bhardwaj
      Abhinav Bhardwaj

      I live in Seattle and we have a lot of pine trees. When I go on my runs, I usually go into he woods to smell pines, trees and the moistness around.

    • vickie
      vickie

      Abhinav Bhardwaj Yes - the moistness is a big part of that enjoyment. There's something very grounding in the complex smell of a tree for me. How wonderful for you that you're so close to the pine trees. We have a good amount of trees around here but getting actually into the woods takes a small bit of driving.

      For bergamot, I've read they're a type of orange. I don't think I've ever had one but the essential oil is similar to orange - just a bit lighter.

    • Abhinav  Bhardwaj
      Abhinav Bhardwaj

      vickie Yeah, I think the moistness is really important here. Also, the smell of rain. I am not a big fan of rain itself, but the smell of rain is very grounding. Yeah, I moved from Buffalo, NY where it's kinda hard to find trees, mostly in the winter (haha). But, Seattle is a beautiful city with forests, rivers, and trees. :)

    • vickie
      vickie

      Abhinav Bhardwaj Oh yes rain is another big one. Rain is a little more specific for me though. When it's raining in an area that's more urban, the humidity tends to hold on to the smell of pavement or car exhaust and almost broadcast them. And rain and Eucalyptus trees just are NOT a good match IMHO.

      I'm in the California Bay area so we do have a good amount of trees, they just tend to be beyond where we all live. Happily though they're accessible. Rain unfortunately has been in short supply here.

    • Abhinav  Bhardwaj
      Abhinav Bhardwaj

      vickie Totally agree. It smells very different in a city like NYC or Chicago.

  • Elis
    Elis

    vickie Abhinav Bhardwaj I like the smell of Lavender and Oranges. Have you tried Eucalyptus essential oil? It's calming, and helps me unwind.

    • vickie
      vickie

      Elis I do like the smell of Eucalyptus essential oil - but the trees themselves aren't as lovely. We use Eucalyptus when we wash the dog beds so the laundry room has that lovely scent and the dogs smell that way too - at least for a couple hours ;-)

    • Elis
      Elis

      vickie I'm not sure if I have smelled the Eucalyptus trees. The essential oil is very calming. We have three dogs :) It's interesting how you wash your dog's beds with Eucalyptus soap. I bet it smells great. I'll try it as well.

    • vickie
      vickie

      Elis The Eucalyptus tree just doesn't have the same smell. Hard to describe. And a wet Euc. tree smells a bit like wet dog before a bath! There is method in our madness for using the oil in the dog beds - it is said to repel fleas. Thankfully we've never had a flea problem but it feels like a proactive thing to do. We just put a couple drops in the dryer before drying the beds. You and your pups might like it!

    • Elis
      Elis

      vickie Haha, That's funny that it smells like that. Oh, that's cool. I didn't know that. Our pups do get fleas, and this could work. Sweet, Thanks Vickie for the cool trick!

  • Larissa Burgess
    Larissa Burgess

    The smell of amber--it's warm, comforting, and earthy. I often use it as a perfume oil as I love to smell it so much!

  • Estefani
    Estefani

    I have been loving this essential oil I bought called Ylang Ylang (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cananga_odorata), it has a good balance of sweetness. I put some on when I need to calm down or before I go to sleep. I am also a fan of Orange! I am still new to essential oils, but I can't wait to explore more!

    • Larissa Burgess
      Larissa Burgess

      The most incredible way to wake up is putting orange essential oils at the base of your shower--as the water hits it the smell magnifies. It really wakes you up in a fresh way--unlike coffee that makes me incredibly jittery.Estefani

    • Estefani
      Estefani

      O-m-g, this is kinda what I have been looking for! I love coffee but yea it also makes me jittery and too much energy for me. I usually just wake myself up and that's my day. I have never thought of adding orange essential oil to my shower! Thanks so much for sharing will definitely try that!

  • Aaron T
    Aaron T

    Vanilla incense or a local incense called tranquility which I need specially now. Fighting double pneumonia and 2 at least lesions, which coincidentally are also symptoms of the beer virus. I call it that cause when I type coronavirus it tries to auto correct to corona and lime. But every couple days pain goes to stab like level when I cough. So if at some point I have to isolate, people in this building where my condo is can call or text me, and I can still be a helpful empath/Infj-a. Anyhoo I tend to threadjack my own replies. Those two incense smells calm me when I'm not having a good day upstairs (mentally)

    Aaron

  • Aaron T
    Aaron T

    Myself as well Vickie.

    Aaron

  • Aaron T
    Aaron T

    I have plans one day of visiting Seattle. Have plans to go to vashon island. Where a dear friend of mine was killed in a motorcycle wreck.

    In 2014
    Aaron

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