Another delightful and delicious spice countless cultures use for everything from dinners, drinks and desserts to seasonal decorations and home decor, cinnamon possess a myriad of mood-boosting properties as well. Check out some of cinnamon’s other health-promoting benefits. “There is a reason realtors use it to create the comforting smell of home when they are selling a house,” Dr. Young says. “Cinnamon, with its tonic and aphrodisiac properties, brings a warm and soothing sensation to the body, and stimulates the senses with its powerful aroma.” For thousands of years, various cultures have used cinnamon to prevent the spread of bacteria. When you need an instant boost, cinnamon is sure to come in handy. Dr. Young recommends adding cinnamon to a pendant diffuser or inhaling it through the use of a water diffuser. Just be careful when using cinnamon around children, as they are super sensitive to its potency. “And do not use cinnamon bark oil because it is highly concentrated and should only be used by a professional and certified aromatherapist.”
There’s more to this essential oil than one would think from its quirky name—in fact, it can also be part of your beauty routine. “Ylang-ylang is derived from cananga tree and has miraculously uplifting qualities,” notes Dr. Young. “And, because it such a powerful aroma, it transports you from one emotional state to another very quickly.” Dr. Young has a lava rock bead bracelet that he soaks in a dilution of a carrier oil and ylang-ylang and wears everywhere, from yoga and board meetings. “The scent relaxes my body no matter what situation I find myself in,” she adds. “The exotic, sweet smell calms the body by helping to reduce blood pressure, calms a rapid heartbeat and eases shock and anxiety.” Research has also found ylang-ylang to be successful in reducing the occurrence of panic attacks, due to its antispasmodic and nervine properties, which means its a great travel companion for those who have a fear of flying!
Battling bouts of bad moods? Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your diffuser or palm of your hand: “Lemon is a sense awakener and it clarifies the mind, dispels anger and provides a sense of new energy,” says Dr. Young. “It’s like a breath of fresh air in a stuffy room.” Lemon is also antibacterial and a stimulant, which means it has natural purification properties built in. “I carry lemon essential oil with me for several purposes, from a quick pick-me-up to an on-the-go sanitizer,” says Dr. Young. “It can ward off everything, such as symptoms of the common cold or even the flu.” He recommends using it in a pendant diffuser or water diffuser to act like a cheerleader in stressful or overwhelming moments. Here’s why you should keep a lemon on your nightstand.