One of the most frustrating things I've found as an aromatherapist is people believing that pretty smells = effectiveness.
Sometimes the most effective and impactful essential oils don't smell pretty.
They are INTENSE.
They take a while to appreciate.
They are heavy.
They are bold.
Take Clary Sage essential oil for instance. Its not an easy, entry level essential oil scent that most people instantly resonate with.
Its musky, herbaceous, rich and warm. Not everyone's cup of tea.
But, it is one of the most effective essential oils to use in times of intense high stress to find balance and grounding.
I've included it (with other essential oils) in the Stress Buster range / Be Still My Heart...and those who can push past the herby smell swear that its their go to when they feel they are spiraling out of control.
Clary sage along with patchouli, vertiver and marjoram also fall into this category.
My tips is if you're not too fussed on the smell of them but want to use them for their principal properties, then incorporate them into a massage oil and massage your feet or legs or get someone to massage your back.
If you are feeling out of sorts and know you need to slow down your breathing and slow down your pace.... I recommend our Stress Buster / Be Still My Heart range. The bath soak is by far the most popular followed by the massage oil.
Is there an essential oil that you just cannot stand the smell of?
May I suggest you learn more about the oils properties and look for alternative ways of using it.
You never know what you may be missing out on - just because it doesn't smell pretty.