It happens every year: you finally get a few days off from work for Thanksgiving, supposedly to be able to de-stress and spend some quality holiday time with your family, only to end up suffering a near nervous breakdown at the hands of too much wine, too much family time, and too many nagging questions. Until now, the only way I was ever able to decompress from the holiday was to take some time after the fact to spend alone with a vat of popcorn and a good, long Netflix marathon. Then I found ADORAtherapy, the little fragrance rollerball that all but prevents stress altogether.
I’ll admit that, when I was first contacted about ADORAtherapy’s Chakra Boots products, I was a little skeptical. I’m not what you would call a spiritual person. I don’t meditate; I don’t believe that acupuncture actually does anything other than turn you into an overgrown pin cushion; I don’t recite mantras or daily affirmations; and I don’t really go for aromatherapy as a method of stress management. That’s what exercise and strategically timed naps are for. But given the impending holiday, I was ready to try just about anything to prepare for the inevitable Thanksgiving stress. So, for the past few days, I’ve been rolling this bad boy on my body:
The ADORAtherapy I Am: Tranquility Chakra Boost ($16) has top notes of lavender, cardamom, and sustainable rosewood, and is meant to facilitate a feeling of peace and overall calm. And here I thought the only way to force yourself into feeling calm was shoveling fistfuls of Valium like your average Real Housewife.
I decided to put my skepticism aside for five days and use the rollerball religiously, both at home and at work, to see if it really did anything. Every morning, I would roll it on to my wrists and neck, applying more throughout the day as needed (or, really, whenever I felt like smelling delightful). I let the rollerball do its magic, and guess what? It actually worked. Every time I applied the rollerball, I felt myself physically relax—my shoulders inched away from my ears, I didn’t feel as though I had a million things do and not enough time to do them, and I just felt a sense of calm. Every time that would wear off, I would simply apply the scent again.
Despite my initial concerns, the science behind aromatherapy is actually pretty sound. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center,
“The ‘smell’ receptors in your nose communicate with parts of your brain (the amygdala and hippocampus) that serve as storehouses for emotions and memories. When you breathe in essential oil molecules…they stimulate these parts of your brain and influence physical, emotional, and mental health.”
It certainly makes sense: there are plenty of smells that remind of us of the holidays or our childhood (the smell of baking sugar cookies gets me every time), and those usually come with a certain amount of emotion. Why shouldn’t the same scents have an impact on our sense of calm?
More intensive aromatherapy procedures might have more lasting effects, but this one was definitely temporary. The peaceful feelings went away as soon as the scent wore off, and while rolling on an admittedly great smelling fragrance isn’t exactly a burden, it would be nice if the rollerball offered a more permanent solution. That said, if you’re the kind of person who suffers from short yet severe bursts of stress during the holidays, ADORAtherapy’s Chakra Boost rollerballs are definitely for you.