How Smell Affects Your Wellness
I’m super duper smell sensitive and know that some aroma’s can either elevate me or chill me! And there’s nothing I Iove more than the smell of roast chicken, freshly brewed coffee or delicious baking fresh from the oven! Did you know…certain scents can affect your perception of time? Coffee enhances and heightens your awareness of time and the scent of jasmine increases your reaction time! Read on to find out how smell can directly affect your mood!
Smells Affect Emotions
Fragrances grab your attention. Have you ever had someone walk past you who had either stunning perfume or very fragrant cologne? You can probably even conjure up the aroma of freshly baked brownies or bread or the scent of coffee brewing in the morning right now! Are you smiling just thinking about them? Aromas and fragrances affect us in a way that is both primitive and alluring.
Aromas can be used consciously in our environment to
- help us relax
- provide mental clarity
- help cope with emotional conflicts
- or to energise us physically, emotionally or mentally
When we smell something, information is sent to specific parts of our brain that influence memory, basic emotions, learning, etc. Fragrances can be used to influence people and how they feel about themselves, and even how they interact with each other.
With this in mind, you can consciously incorporate fragrances and scents into your life and your environment to improve the way you feel about and respond to your own life while positively affecting everyone around you!
Aromatherapy is often accomplished through the use of essential oils which are a true concentrated essence extracted from a plant. Essential oils are very potent, and much can be accomplished through the use of just a few drops.
Here’s a basic guide to how scents can work in your home:
Relieve Anger: Chamomile, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose and Ylang-ylang.
Relieve Anxiety: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Peach, Rose, Rose Geranium and Violet Leaf.
Boost Confidence: Frankincense, Jasmine, Patchouli and Sandalwood.
Ease Depression: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Neroli, Orange, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, Tangerine and Ylang-ylang.
Improve Memory: Bay Laurel, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon and Rosemary.
Ease Sadness: Clary Sage, Cypress, Fir, Marjoram, Rosemary and Sage.
Aphrodisiacs: Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Ylang-ylang.
Overcome Fatigue / Energise: Angelica, Benzoin, Camphor, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove Basil, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Sage and Spiced Apple.
Scents to Deal with Stress, Nervous Tension and Insomnia: Bergamot, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Cloves, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Sweet Melissa, Valerian, Vanilla, Violet, and Ylang-ylang.
Calm Irritability: Chamomile, Neroli, Rose, and Rose Geranium.
SO: how do you want to transform your life and your environment? Take a look at the amazing range of hand poured candles I’ve personally picked from New Zealand company ‘Heartmelts’. I use their candles every day to enhance my environment and either calm me or stimulate my productivity! Take a look by clicking this link!
You can also check out the amazing range of BE: Blue Echo Rotorua Volcanic Mud Soap range. These are sensational and not only are they amazing for your skin, each one has a unique and distinct fragrance that delights the senses. There’s nothing better than starting the day with an aromatherapy hit in the shower to invigorate and delight the senses, followed by a lovely calming aromatherapy bath in the evening. These soaps harness the potency of our amazing NZ natural resource – our volcanic mud – which is loaded with nutrients and benefits for your skin and well being. Take a look at the range by clicking this link