Ah, October. We’ve been back in the swing of things – school and work-wise – for about a month now. How does it feel? If you’re in school or have people in your house who are in school, you might be finding that it’s getting to feel a bit like crunch time. It doesn’t matter if it’s elementary, high school, or post-secondary, once the first blush of back-to-school excitement has worn off, it’s just the same old grind, but now with added assignments and midterms and maybe a bit of stress thrown in there too.
Or maybe you’re away from the educational institutions completely, working and doing what you do, and along comes the Thanksgiving weekend to throw you right off. Now, the extra day tacked on to the weekend is a nice touch, but if you’re hosting a big dinner, travelling to see family or friends, and trying to get organized for all that, well that’s another whole crunch time that can add stress to your life too.
And not all stress is bad! Sometimes we need a little adrenaline to jazz us, to keep us focused, to help us get things done. This article talks a bit about the difference between good and bad stress, between stress that can help motivate us, and stress that can bring us way down.
If you need a “quick fix” stress reliever – something you can maybe do before heading out for the day or in between classes or meetings – consider adding the wonderful Aveda Composition Oils to your daily routine. “Oils?” you might be wondering. Well, in a word, yes.
You’re likely familiar with these composition oils, maybe without even knowing it. Some of them are used for the fabulous head massage that precedes a haircut at Willow. You know the ones – calming or invigorating, soothing, or rejuvenating. You get to choose by giving them a sniff, and there is a very good chance you choose the one that your body needs right at that moment. Again, without you even knowing it.
We all know that scent is attached to memory, and our sense of smell is really good at conjuring up the past. But did you also know that there are some scents that are actually beneficial for our mind and body? 11 Scents That Can Do Wonders For Your Well-Being takes a look at some popular, natural plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables and the things they can do for us.
Aveda’s composition oils – naturally derived, and full of these great scents, and more – can also help you get through a stressful day, give you an energy boost, or help calm you down before you hand in that assignment. Depending on what you need, there’s an oil for that.
Let’s start with Stress-Fix, because that’s just what we’re talking about! Created with lavender, lavandin, and clary sage, use it to massage into neck and shoulders, or into your scalp before shampooing your hair. Inhale the stress-reducing fragrance, and…bliss.
Now, who doesn’t love the fragrance of the Aveda Shampure line? Use the Shampure Composition Oil as an all-over body massage oil, or add a few drops to your bath for the ultimate in relaxation.
Beautifying composition oil is absolutely lovely, and helps achieve balance, with the gorgeous fragrances of lavender, rosemary, and bergamot. This is one of the most versatile oils Aveda produces, and you can take a look at this list of all the usage tips here: 8 Ways to Beauty.
Finally, we’ll take a look at Aveda Love Composition Oil, which is described as:
“A sensual blend of nourishing oils, this certified organic* aromatic composition oil for body, bath, hair and scalp is a tribute to Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda, and contains ingredients sourced with the same deep love and respect he had for the Earth.”
Use it post-shower to seal in moisture, or add to dry hair to add a soothing, sensual aroma. Like perfume, but with calming, stress-reducing properties.
Aveda also produces Aveda Men Pure-Formance for energizing your senses, and Active Composition Oil for soothing tired muscles. Use any of these oils as suggested, or even just keep a bottle with you – in your purse, backpack, briefcase, wherever! You might not be able to give yourself a nice massage while you’re on the go, but you can benefit from the relaxing or invigorating aromas anywhere!
Do you feel better already? Ready to face the day, the arrival of your Thanksgiving guests, that tough midterm? We sure hope so! Give these helpers a try, and let us know how they work for you.
Have as stress-free a week as you possibly can, friends. See you on Friday!