As sensual creatures, we tend to ascribe emotions and entire memories to certain fragrances. It’s not so strange that you feel nostalgic when you discover your friend’s shirt smells like the very same laundry detergent your mom used when you were a kid. Or when you recognize the perfume your favorite teacher used to wear. We already know that sensory delights such as fragrances carry important meanings for us, and they are used as a treatment for all kinds of conditions to alleviate different symptoms and improve our quality of life.
You’ll find lavender to be exceptionally soothing, while cinnamon will keep you warm in the coldest of winter nights. If you find yourself meandering through a pine forest, the aromas that overwhelm your senses will likely help you breathe more deeply and feel more calm than usual. As you can see, the smell is so much more than just an olfactory stimulus, it’s so much more than that. The following are some of the most powerful scents you can infuse your life with to boost your own well-being.
Boost your sleep with lavender drops
You’ll find lavender in many a gentle skin toner combined with perfect rosewater or in your wardrobe freshener sachets, bringing calm and balance to your spirit and your sense of self. It’s truly extraordinary how such a humble little flower can impact our emotions on such a profound level, and yet, lavender manages to do just that!
If you’d like to make the most of this soothing fragrance, make sure to introduce lavender essential oil into your routine. Even just a few droplets on your pillow can help you fall asleep with greater ease, and stay asleep without those uncomfortable interruptions. Let its mellow aroma lull you into a long night of long-awaited rest!
Enhance your confidence with perfume
It’s no accident that our external actions, behaviors, and tendencies dictate our sense of self-perception. Our posture will make a difference in whether or not we feel invincible or unworthy of attention, while our stride will express how ready we are to move forward in life. The same applies to our choice of fragrance. A whiff of a bold women’s perfume that contains powerful herbal fragrances, and you’ll be brimming with confidence and serenity. Think of sandalwood and its mysterious tone that elevates your spirit, or jasmine and its soothing effect on the mind.
Have a few bottles at the ready, so that you can match the scent to the occasion, as well as your desire to evoke certain emotions. Perhaps you connect a certain strawberry scent to that special someone who has given you that particular fragrance – and every time you wear it, it brings a smile to your face.
Scented vanilla sticks and candles to improve your mood
Some think of vanilla as the most boring taste or scent out there, and yet, here it is, among the most potent of aromas when it comes to elevating your mood. There’s something quite comforting and sensual about vanilla, but still very mild and gentle. A little can do a lot when it comes to vanilla, so you can use scented sticks in your bedroom or your living space when you’re under a lot of stress.
If you’re up for a soothing reading session, you can use your vanilla candles to light up the entire room and not only will you be in a better mood, but you’ll also unwind and prepare for a healthy night of sleep.
Head to a forest to alleviate stress
But not just any forest – find one packed with pine trees where you can soak up all the incredible goodness that comes from that particular scent. A pine tree brings memories of those childhood Christmas dinners, putting up a tree with all the glitzy decorations, and then planting that same tree in your backyard after the holiday. It’s a common practice in Japan to take a walk in the woods when you’re feeling stressed – because pine trees have numerous healing compounds beneficial for your mind and body.
When you don’t have access to a pine forest or you don’t have the time to go for an outdoor adventure, you can use pine tree oils in your home and reap the same soothing rewards for your mind. When you’re feeling particularly stressed, a whiff of pine will whisk all of your troubles away.
Enjoy those cinnamon rolls
It reminds you of fall, fiery leaves, and every Thanksgiving feast ever. Cinnamon has a warm, earthy scent, and it’s often added as a spice to sweets and drinks of all sorts. It’s a perfect choice for cold season brews and we’ll all agree that adding some cinnamon to your tea is indeed a special indulgence for those cold winter nights.
Research confirms that its fragrance has the ability to help alleviate various kinds of pain, from an annoying headache, to joint pain. While cinnamon rolls are one way to bask in this plant’s potent scent, you can certainly use cinnamon bark oil to stimulate your senses through aromatherapy and achieve an even more powerful impact.
Use your sense of smell to bring more joy and tranquility to your life while you also alleviate stress and its many consequences. These listed scents and ways to introduce them into your life are a great starting point, so use them as inspiration to dig deeper into the world of aromatherapy and discover the aromas that you’ll enjoy the most.