Happy first day of spring! From the return of sunshine to the blossoming flowers, the onset of spring marks the beginning of a favorite part of the year for many. However, in many places further north, the 20th of March doesn’t always bring the anticipated blooming flowers and warm temperatures—it takes a few more weeks for the temperature to warm up and for everything to start blossoming again after a long winter. This year, don’t let those slightly colder temperatures stop you from getting excited about the first day of spring.
Celebrate the First Day of Spring with Scents
By incorporating spring-inspired essential oils into your daily routine, you can begin to experience the scents of spring a few weeks early, allowing you to enjoy the season a few weeks early, experience spring if you live somewhere without seasons, or simply enhance your spring experience if you’re lucky enough to feel an on-time arrival for spring. Highlighted below are the best refreshing scents that can enhance your enjoyment of the first day of spring.
Jasmine Essential Oil
The scent of jasmine essential oil is often described as exotic, intense, warm, and sweet, making it the perfect addition to a collection of spring scents by providing a balance of both floral and refreshing notes. This oil has been popular throughout history: it was honored by the Chinese royalty, traded along the Silk Road, and become incorporated into perfumes during Cleopatra’s rule. Today, jasmine is popular in general, whether it be in teas, fragrances, or simply in its natural flower form.1
In addition to its aesthetic beauty and well-known, elegant scent, jasmine essential oil has been found to contain a range of health benefits as a result of its chemical composition. It contains two notable terpenes: linalool and linalyl acetate. The combination of these compounds provides antibacterial properties, as well as uplifting, calming, and anti-inflammatory effects.
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Studies have also shown that jasmine can boost happiness and self-confidence, alleviate stress, increase alertness, and even act as an aphrodisiac.2
Together, the scent and the health benefits that jasmine essential oil provides makes it a welcome addition to your spring essential oil repertoire. Try using it topically after diluting it with a carrier oil or a lotion, adding a few drops to a bath, or taking it on-the-go with a personal diffuser like Sexy.
Bergamot Essential Oil
For a lot of people, rainy spring days are a perfect time for London Fog lattes—a combination of steamed milk with earl grey tea. The secret to the flavor of this mid-day pick-me-up is actually bergamot, a sweet, spicy, and citrus flavor provided by the bergamot orange. In its essential oil form, bergamot provides the same popular, energizing fragrance while offering a versatile range of health benefits.
Some of the most active compounds in bergamot essential oil include alpha-Pinene, limonene, and geraniol.3 The combination of these has been shown to maintain healthy respiratory function, boost memory, increase energy levels, and alleviate stress. The other compounds in bergamot allow for additional benefits like its ability to reduce fevers, relieve congestion, and promote hormonal balance.
This is an especially versatile essential oil. Try mixing a few drops of this essential oil with water and lavender essential oil to create a fresh spray deodorant. Alternatively, mix it with coconut oil and use it in a relaxing massage to unwind at the end of the day. For on-the-go use, try it in Ocean or Vibrant.
Rosemary Essential Oil
You might know rosemary as just another spice in your pantry that you sprinkle on meat or vegetables to add some flavor. However, rosemary essential oil is much more potent than the common kitchen ingredient, providing benefits for both the mind and body while bringing with it the scent of springtime.
Rosemary was first extensively described by Paracelsus, a 16th-century Swiss physician who discussed the benefits of rosemary for most of the organ systems, especially the heart, brain, and respiratory system. He was onto something: rosemary contains a long list of chemical compounds that contribute to its healing properties.4
Among these are its ability to improve digestion, alleviate stress, reduce pain, and boost immune system function.5,6 All of these are important benefits year-round but are especially useful when the changing of the seasons and springtime stress take their toll on the body.
For a great springtime essential oil blend, try combining 2 drops of cedarwood, 2 drops of rosemary, and 3 drops of bergamot essential oils.7 This blend can be diluted with a carrier oil and applied topically, mixed in a spray bottle with water for a room spray, or added into a room diffuser. Alternatively, try rosemary essential oil in Zen or Active.
Lavender Essential Oil
Even if you haven’t really dappled in essential oils before, chances are that you’ve heard of lavender essential oil. From ancient Egyptian embalming practices to the ancient Roman economy, lavender has been for over 2,500 years.8
Some of the most notable benefits of lavender essential oil are its ability to boost memory and cognitive function, improve sleep quality, relieve pain, and clear up blemishes on the skin.9 Additionally, it is one of the safest and gentlest essential oils, so it’s a great option if you’ve recently become more interested in essential oils and are looking for a gentle but versatile oil to start the journey with.
Because lavender essential oil has been shown to promote sleep, one of the best ways to use this oil is by diluting it with water in a spray bottle and then spraying the mixture on your pillow before bed.10 For an even simpler alternative, try Sleepy.
Geranium Essential Oil
Since the spring is so closely associated with flowers in bloom, geranium essential oil is the perfect choice to finish off this list. Use of this essential oil dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who used it as a beauty product on their skin and for relieving anxiety.11 Today, it has been shown to balance hormone levels, reduce bad breath, and provide relief for menopause symptoms. Additionally, it helps boost mood and reduce the severity of mood swings.
Geranium essential is a good complement for ylang-ylang, or rose essential oils—combining these scents together can provide double the health benefits and more scents of spring. Because geranium is a floral scent, it would also make a great addition to your daily lotion or moisturizer—just apply the mix at the beginning of the day and enjoy the floral scent as you go about your daily tasks. If you’re looking for a convenient way to take the aroma of geranium essential oil with you wherever you go, try it in Relieve or Forest.
Get ready for longer days, warmer weather, and a lot more sunlight—whether it hits today or in a few short weeks. Using essential oils with refreshing scents that remind you of spring is a great way to boost your health during a time when allergies and seasonal colds are on the rise. Even more importantly, though, they’re a great way to get in a positive, active, and focused mindset as you get ready to take on a new, warmer, brighter season.