By: Marisa Belger
When I aggressively attack the snooze button and drag myself wearily out of bed, fumbling desperately for the coffee pot and snarling at my hungry cats, I know it’s a minty morning.
My secret to beating back the cloud of fatigue: soap infused with peppermint essential oil. When I shower with it, the bright, refreshing scent works its aromatherapeutic magic, lifting my spirits and pointing me toward a bright and productive day.
Aromatherapy is a healing modality that uses essential oils -- that is, oils extracted from plants and flowers -- to improve your mood, mental outlook or physical health. Different oils have different effects. To perk up body, mind and spirit, I choose energizing essential oils like peppermint or rosemary. And for reducing stress or anxiety, I look for calming oils like lavender and chamomile.here at Completely You
Marisa Belger Marisa Belger is Completely You’s beauty and lifestyle blogger. She penned the natural beauty and sustainable living column “GreenDAY” for TODAYShow.com, and her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure Family, Natural Health and Prevention.
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