This Aromatherapy Spray Makes Mask-Wearing Way More Pleasant
And, dare I say, it’s kind of spa-like?
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Though it's incredibly important to practice COVID-19 safety precautions like wearing a mask, washing your hands and practicing social distancing, wearing a mask can be uncomfortable for some people—especially over long periods of time. But there's one thing that may make it more pleasant: aromatherapy spray.
I've recently been using this lavender-scented spray from Zum (buy it: $9.50, IndigoWild.com), and it smells incredible. It's made with skin-friendly lavender, verbena and lemon essential oils and water distilled from flowers. Bonus: Lavender has been shown to reduce stress, so this spray may help ease anxiety if you have to wear a mask for long periods of time for work or travel. I truly never thought I'd say that wearing a medical mask makes me feel like I'm at a spa, but it's 2021 and honestly nothing is off the table anymore.
This mask mist would be a great gift for the medical professional or teacher in your life (or just a sweet addition to a loved one's Easter basket). Though the mist won't replace washing your reusable face mask, it will definitely keep it smelling fresh all day (and keep your dreaded coffee breath at bay).
Zum's mask sprays come in two other scents: Eucalyptus and Rosemary-Citrus. You could also make a homemade mist with whatever scents you like. Just stock up on some small glass spray bottles (like these ones from Amazon, $8), your favorite essential oils ($10 for a set of six oils on Amazon), add some distilled water and a splash of witch hazel ($4 at Target) and shake to combine. Add a few sprays to your mask before wearing, breathe deep and relax.
Jaime Milan is EatingWell's digital editor for all things newsy and trending. She's always on the hunt for the latest and greatest things to share with EatingWell's readers. In her spare time, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen, tackling home projects with her husband or taking pics of her very photogenic American Eskimo Dog, Grits. Follow her on Instagram at @jaimemmilan.