With these trying times causing changes in our lives and schedules, it is normal to have increased feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression. Whether it is working from home, taking care of children and pets, or worrying about an uncertain future, we can all use a way to boost our mood or reduce stress and anxiety. One method proven to affect our mood positively is through the power of scent and smell.
The Science behind a Aroma:
When we inhale essential oil, these aromas go straight to our brains, where the neurological effect can alter our moods. This trigger areas in our brain that relate to our emotions; so, selecting essential oils based on what we are drawn to can be the perfect way to improve your mood, reduce anxiety, fatigue, or loneliness.
Let's start with the technical stuff. The olfaction process starts with the Olfactory Bulb, which is inside the nose and receives smells. The Olfactory Bulb then passes through the part of the brain called the Limbic System, which includes the Hippocampus and Amygdala. This is the "primitive" part of your brain that deals with our feelings rather than the intellectual side of our mind. It controls our emotions, moods, behaviour, and, most importantly, memories. This part of our brain is also responsible for learning; therefore, every new scent links to a particular event, thing, or person. Explaining why we connect specific memories to scents. Research suggests that memories triggered by smells tend to be more clear, intense, and emotional than the memories that derive from other senses. Smells can impact almost everything such as our emotions, stress, pain, concentration, memory, romance, and dreams! For example, when flower scents are present before sleep, people experience more positive dreams than other unpleasant odours or no odours.
The Benefits of Aroma:
Now that we know how aroma can affect our brains let's talk about the benefits. We already know that they can help us have pleasant dreams, which can improve our sleep and directly impact our overall mood. Try being excited about work after waking up all night because of that nightmare you kept having. It's not easy. Therefore, an aroma diffuser with essential oils has the power to do much more than you think. Naturally, we are drawn to things we believe smell good. These things, in turn, make us feel good!
5 Benefits of Essential Oils:
- Improve Your Mood
- Elevate Your Happiness
- Relieve Stress
- Increase Focus & Alertness
- Soothe Irritation
However, our noses are all different, and we usually are very particular about what we like and what we don't. Finding the right aroma for you is vital to creating not only the perfect aesthetic but the right mood to conjure.
Which Aroma is right for you?
To answer which scent is right for you, you've got to ask yourself what you are looking for in an aroma?
Here's a few types of aromas and how they will support your mood:
- Promotes a calming vibe
- Helps relieve stress, depression, anxiety, nervous disorders
- Assists you when trying to fall asleep
Overall, lavender is your best friend when you need a good night's rest or some relaxation.
Citrus (Lemon and Orange):
- Can brighten up your day
- Gives you a clean and fresh feeling
- Helps you stay focused and level-headed
Citrus scents will give you some sunshine any time of day! Just a ray of sunshine in a bottle!
Wood Scents (Frankincense):
- Relaxing and Calming
- Can help soothe irritation
- Often used in meditation and to create ambient settings
Wood scents are always an easy way to calm your nerves and help you create your desired aesthetic. Next time you are in a meditative mood, use Frankincense.
- Help formulate positive dreams and help with sleep
- Can balance female hormones
- Calming, Sweet, and Fresh
Floral scents are always the way to go if you are looking for a simple yet sweet smell. Like a bouquet of beautiful flowers.
Don't forget you can make the magic of your own aroma by blending these types together to make even more of a mood enhancing super power smell! Why not start with our signature day and night scent or immunity boost