As a soapmaker, I have come to realize that my clients often purchase natural and organic products for many reasons. Majority are drawn to the way the products look, however the fragrance is what speaks to them. Often fragrances touch a cord within us – to either make us happy, relaxed, or relive a favorite memory. Having confidence in the chemical composition of the product allows them to focus on what they truly need. These days, many of my clients have revealed that they are stressed. They are looking for products that will help soothe their senses and promote a sense of relaxation. In light of everything going on in the world around us in addition to the responsibilities of everyday life, this makes perfect sense. How do we relax when life and the world seems to be full of chaos?
The first step involves having a place of calm within your home. Choose a spot, corner, or room and choose that as your quiet place. In my home, my serene area is my bedroom and bathroom (surprised?), specifically the bathroom because my children still feel free to invade my bedroom sometimes. This will be the area that you will go to when you feel like you need a moment.
The second step is to remove clutter and add decor that is soothing to you. Candles, pictures, flowers, and so forth… Don’t add too many items, you do not want the area to be soothing and calming to your senses.
Third, train your body to understand that this area is an area of relaxation. Do not work, watch tv, or pay bills in your place of calm. Instead, read a book, knit, meditate, color or some other activity that requires you to stop, slow down, and breathe. Try to remove electronics from your space so that you don’t have any distractions. You can have your phone or baby monitor close by – just not in YOUR space! Eventually, you will find that you will instantly calm down whenever you enter your space.
Lastly, fragrance your relaxation spot. Today, we have a multitude of ways to fragrance our surroundings. They way you fragrance your area not as important as the type of fragrance that you use. A subtle, calming fragrance is important to help you relax. Lavender essential oils and fragrances are often the first thought in regards to creating a soothing atmosphere because Lavender itself has properties that causes the body to unwind. There are other fragrances that are associated with promoting feelings of calm and well being. Fragrances or essential oils that contain lemon, chamomile, jasmine, rose geranium, sage, or bergamot also reduce tension. The Soapy Bar makes essential oil soy candles perfect for inducing a calming atmosphere.
Don’t want to burn a candle? Add a bowl of botanicals to your area of calm – lavender buds or potpourri are great for adding fragrance without overwhelming fragrance. Fragrance is a very personal choice, however, make sure that if you use it in your relaxation area, it is a fragrance that is soothing to you.
Visit your special place often and enjoy as much as possible.