How aromatherapy can support your mental wellbeing

With lockdown 2.0 in full swing, you might be feeling more anxious and overwhelmed than ever. And if so, you are not alone. In the UK, almost a quarter of young adults have revealed that being at home has taken its toll on their mental health, with four in ten people aged 18-24 saying they have felt the impact of loneliness on their general state of wellbeing. 


It comes as no surprise that 2020 has been pretty hard to digest for many of us. Spending less time outside and having to change our daily routines to adapt to lockdown can be hugely detrimental to our overall mood, which is why experts advise engaging in self-care practices to support our mental and physical wellbeing. 


The world of wellness is now bigger than ever, especially as more and more people are relying on self-care and holistic practices to give themselves that much-needed pick-me-up during uncertain times. If you’re worried about how the current situation is impacting your wellbeing, there are proactive steps you can take to make yourself feel more positive and boost your mood. To up your self-care game, try indulging in aromatherapeutic practices to soothe your senses and lift your spirits. The power of scents and aromas has been proven to help ease anxiety and stress, and there is no better time to harness the properties of blissful natural extracts when you feel like you could do with a little bit of calm in the middle of a crisis. 


To incorporate the properties of scents in your lockdown routine, try to coordinate it with your mood and time of the day. The age-old practice of aromatherapy has been proven to improve your emotional balance and ease anxiety symptoms, with the holistic properties of scents being praised by many experts. 

 


‘Consumers are searching for ways to bring self-help micro-moments into the day’ Cult Beauty founder, Alexia Inge, tells Stylist. With plenty of proof that aromatherapy can do wonders for your mental health, there is no better time than lockdown to play with soothing aromas.  


If you’re looking to bring the power of aromatherapy into your routine, here’s a little breakdown of how ripples can help. 

POWER: 

In the mornings, uplifting aromas work a treat to help awaken your senses and make you feel invigorated.You can opt for punchy peppermint to give you that instant kick of freshness and get your energy levels up - try ripple POWER for when your body needs a quick reboot. 


REVIVE:

If you’re looking to make your day a little brighter whilst WFH, the zingy freshness of lemons is bound to lift your spirits. REVIVE is the best desk buddy, formulated with ashwagandha and rhodiola for an elevating touch. 


BOOST:

Keeping it on the fruity side, BOOST is the ultimate fruity pick, championing the feel-good aroma of lychees for a natural pop of vitality. 


RELAX:

When it’s time to wind-down, look for formulas that will help your mind switch off. If you’re ready to indulge in a Netflix binge at the end of the long day, RELAX will be with your best companion. The calming aroma of Jasmine will help you disconnect and leave all your worries behind. 


DREAM:

When you’re ready to transport yourself to dreamland, there’s no better choice than the calming scent of lavender. Ripple DREAM will be your bedtime hero as it’s designed to lighten the mood and ease your senses.