There are a bewildering array of aromatherapy fragrances to choose from, but it's to get the hang of picking the one that's just right for you
Some fragrances will ease you off to sleep, other will help you to wake up in the morning. Some relax you, easing away stress and anxiety; others are revitalising and will gee you up for that important meeting.
Follow your nose
Oils that smell very similar often have very different effects. Lemon is a stimulant, yet lemongrass is a sedative. Rosemary and peppermint on the other hand, smell nothing alike, but both are excellent for fatigue.
Orange, which reminds of us of the sun, produces an oil that will brighten your mood and complexion
Scent and associations
Smell is the most primitive of our senses, and the one that is most closely linked to our memories and emotions.
When we think of our mother's kitchen or a beautiful day at the seaside, heir smells are often the first thing that springs to mind. We can use these memories when choosing aromas to create specific moods.
As scents are linked to your memories, not everyone will enjoy the same aromas. Lavender is often considered uplifting but if it reminds you of your crotchety old grandmother it is unlikely to relax you!
Luckily, as most conditions can be eased by a number of different oils, there will always be a right one for you
Woody smells that remind us of the outdoors can be helpful in easing away urban stress. Strengthen the association in your mind by burning incense coils in your garden on calm summer evenings