Contrary to popular belief, aromatherapy is not a science. While certain oils have been studied extensively and have been found to produce specific effects, scent perception is highly subjective, and scent has strong cultural associations.
You're more likely to find lavender relaxing if you grew up in a society where this belief is prevalent. Thai people actually associate lemongrass with relaxation and stress-relief, and it's the most popular oil used in Thai massage!
On the other hand, the stimulating powers of peppermint, orange and rosemary seem to transcend cultures.
What does this mean for you? Depending on your cultural background and individual preferences, you may or may not find a particular oil relaxing or energising or...well, anything. And that's okay.
The historical information and associations we supply with our oils are just guidelines - ultimately, you should choose oils that you find pleasing. Those are the ones that are going to have the best effect on you.
And it's really what you do with the oils that are going to have the greatest impact - carving out some "me time" for a relaxing bath, or using a diffuser as part of a bedtime ritual is going to benefit you regardless of which oil you choose, so feel free to explore a new single oil or blend that piques your interest!
JUST A FEW OF OUR SINGLE OILS & BLENDS