Thursday, August 3, 2017

Health: It's All About Common Scents

Do you think much about the science behind smells? To a lot of people that smell isn't just an aroma, it's a link to the past. For example, if you smell cookies, it may remind you of when you were a young child. The power of scent and what it brings us is linked to the emotional center of our brain. But, in addition to this, certain scents can do a lot of fantastic things for our mind and body so let's have a look at a few.


Lavender

A lot has been touted about the benefits of lavender when it comes to promoting relaxation and it is all true, but it's also used to help treat insomnia. It's easy to get a relaxing aroma of lavender in your room at night to help you sleep you can just drop a couple of essential oils into a diffuser which releases a beautiful mist into your room. For those that don't know much about aroma diffusers, you can have a look online on various sites including https://earthandsoul.com.au/collections/natural-aroma-diffusers to get a bit more information about how you can use diffusers as well as the various styles you can pick out for it to fit in with the decor of your room.

Peppermint

As well as it being a great way to get fresh breath, it's also possible that peppermint is good for your mind. Peppermint has been linked to boosting concentration making it useful for all walks of life and has been used by students prior to taking exams. There's been some research to suggest that the scent of peppermint can trick the mind into thinking that it can unblock nasal passages. Which makes it handy tool if you're not feeling 100%!

Cinnamon

Another way to help increase your brain power, there have been studies to suggest that smelling cinnamon improves the attention span, the visual-motor response, as well as the working memory of people.

Tea Tree

This medicine has wonderful antifungal and antibacterial properties, you can add it to an air diffuser to scent the air as well as add it to things like soaps, deodorants, and disinfectants. Have a look on https://draxe.com/tea-tree-oil-uses-benefits for a detailed list of benefits.

Chamomile

A lot has been spoken about chamomile tea as a remedy for problems with your digestion, as well as tension headaches and sleeplessness. If you had a few drops to your bath or even on a flannel and apply it to the body, it is an excellent method to help you cope during stressful times.

Citrus

Scents such as orange and lemon are a great way for a quick energy boost, but also sniffing the fruit is able to increase alertness and energy. Of course, these citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C so you may want to squeeze a couple of drops of lemon into a drink and use the rest in the bath!

The power of scent is something that we have used for generations to help us cope with life's stresses and aid our mind so the next time you feel like you could do with an extra bit of help, fill the aroma of your favorite essential oil into your place of relaxation and reap the benefits.

xxo
Kim

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