Last week, I experienced my first ever yoga class at Yogamaya studios in New York City. As my breathing settled and I lunged into warrior pose, I was amazed by how relaxed I felt. I wished there was a way to carry the calming studio home with me after the session. Rather than lug my mat all over town, I dug through the beauty closet for a quick-fix product to throw into my purse. According to Dr. Alan Hirsch, a neurologist and psychiatrist at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, a relaxing scent is the quickest way to unwind.
“The part of the brain that detects smell — the olfactory lobe — is connected to the emotional brain,” Hirsch says. “It’s totally different than any other sensory experience.”
Now, when I start to feel stressed, I reach for Origins Peace of Mind On-the-Spot Relief ($10). This miniature miracle eases your senses while relieving tension, pressure and tightness. Just massage a small amount on your neck, earlobes and temples, and say “Om.”
–Catherine O’Neill, beauty intern