Before I sing its praises, a couple of things to note:
- I'm a certified 'alternative therapy' sceptic.
- If you suffer from panic attacks (in my experience) this won't necessarily prevent them. It is, however, brilliant for helping to prevent mild to moderate anxiety from escalating.
Some time last year, in the depths of despair about my final year at University, I happened to pass an Origins counter and noticed this little green bottle. The sales assistant explained to me that it was an aromatherapy 'de-stresser' (at which point I probably rolled my eyes) and told me to rub a dab between my fingers and inhale. To my surprise the effect was instantly refreshing and relaxing, like a gust of fresh air had just wafted through my head.
I decided to take a gamble on it, needless to say I'm glad I did. I'm terrible about getting myself worked up, trying to think about one hundred things at once until I can't even see straight anymore. I'm also prone to anxiety at really inconvenient moments - like when my head is pressed against somebody's armpit on a packed tube. In both instances I always reach for Origins Peace of Mind On-the-spot Relief. It is a quick absorbing, powerfully scented white lotion and the fragrance is predominantly spearmint with the addition of some more complex notes.
There are a couple of ways to use this, either simply by rubbing it between your fingers and inhaling or alternatively massaging it into your temples and the back of your neck. The smell lingers for a good twenty minutes and I find catching whiffs of it over that time period helps remind me to chill out. The minty scent is also pretty good at pepping you up in the afternoon if you feel like you're fading.
It is £11 for 15ml (I know, right?) but I honestly won't be without this in my handbag.
*Bought by me and, believe it or not, Origins did not sponsor this post!