I have a friend that is constantly running; you’d think she was in training! She’s often running from a room to escape some weird smell or scent that no one else is even aware of but to her it’s offensive. She’s not crazy; she’s just one of those people that have a highly sensitive nervous system that gets overwhelmed with certain noises, lights, or scents. These folks are way more common than you’d think.
That doesn’t mean she can’t reap the benefits of essential oils. She loves using essential oils and has made them a part of her everyday life. The best solution for sensitive noses is to start with those oils that have a mild aroma and over time build up to those with a stronger scent. I’ve asked her for her picks for the best essential oils for those who are sensitive and this is what she recommends:
Chamomile: Chamomile has a soothing floral scent that even highly sensitive people (HSP) tend to enjoy. Because of its strong floral scent it’s important to dilute it well for the beginner user. Chamomile is gentle on the skin and. It is a perfect choice for leaving HSP feeling calm and relaxed.
Lavender: Who doesn’t love the scent of lavender, right? For those of you who haven’t been exposed to essential oils, don’t worry, it’s not the perfumery scent of lavender you find in department stores. Because of the commercial lavender scent people are used to, you might struggle appreciating the floral, fresh scent of true lavender essential oil the first whiff. Lavender oil can be slightly camphorous but sometimes slightly sweet. It’s a mild aroma that complements its multitude of uses. Lavender is known for promoting a peaceful environment.
Neroli: Neroli is one of the most expensive among the citrus essential oils. The large price tag is because it takes approximately 1,000 pounds of orange blossom flowers to make one pound of the oil. Neroli has a sweet and intense floral aroma, HSP may want to dilute the oil but most often it’s not necessary. Neroli is added to many fragrances and widely used in the perfume industry. It can be diffused or applied topically and is proven to rejuvenate the skin.
Bergamot: I love the unique smell of bergamot. It stays in my diffuser almost constantly, leaving a beautiful aroma in my home. Bergamot essential oil has a light, fruity, fresh scent making it one of my favorites. It’s well-liked among perfume manufacturers and blends well with other popular floral scents. When diffused its uplifting and awakens the senses-and who can’t benefit from that, right?
Lime: Lime is one of the sweetest smelling essential oils in my bag. You wouldn’t think that, but it really is a lovely smelling oil. I diffuse it along with Bergamot and Orange for an amazing citrus scent that’s pleasing for the entire family. You’ll find Lime combined with a hint of Vanilla in our Stress Away Blend, so if you love the scent of those two, be sure to check out Stress Away as well. I could bathe in that stuff!
Since I started using essential oils in my home in 2013, my “nose” has changed quite a bit. By this I mean that I have become a highly sensitive person to CHEMICAL fragrances. I cannot stand strong fake smells, like those that come from Glade plug-ins or even those new Febreeze scented trash bags! I accidentally ordered a box on Amazon and had to give them away to my neighbor because the fake smell was so strong to my nose. I have also noticed that over time, I have come to enjoy and even prefer essential oils that were a little bit offensive to me in the beginning.
If you are an HSP type person, I suggest starting by diluting your essential oils quite a bit as to not overwhelm your senses. Don’t let your nose keep you from the wonderful benefits of pure essential oils, you might find that the natural aroma is pleasing to your senses and open up possibilities for you to try even more great smelling essential oils.
Stay tuned tomorrow and I’ll show you how to replace a popular chemical fragrance in your home with essential oils. You don’t want to miss this one!