The Benefits of Aromatheraphy
Our sense of smell is probably our most powerful memory inducing sense. And our most often neglected. We think about wearing a nice fragrance because it makes us feel pretty, strong, sexy. Even powerful. We might even choose it because it’s what our mother or father wore and we have fond memories associated with that scent. But how often do we think about what the scents around us do for our well-being?
How much consideration do you put into the fragrances you have around your house? Or in your bath tub? Do you think they serve only the purpose of purging away bad smells? Do you think of them only as nice smelly things? Or do you consider how they make you feel when you smell them?
If you consider how much a scent can trigger a memory, why not consider how it can influence your mood? Help calm your environment when you need a stress free moment. Or give you an uplifting boost of energy when you need a pick-me-up.
Studies show that our sense of smell is a powerful memory inducer because our body contains hundreds more receptors for smells than it does for any of the other senses. Also, our olfactory bulb is part of the brain’s limbic system. This area is closely associated with memory and feeling and it’s often called the “emotional brain”. The olfactory bulb has direct access to the amygdala and the hippocampus areas of the brain, which are responsible for processing emotion and associative learning, respectively.
Aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aroma compounds for improving psychological or physical well-being.
The use of essential oils for therapeutic and ritualistic purposes goes back to the beginning of time. Ancient civilisations used them as a means of payment and since the discovery of distillation they’ve been used for their believed healing properties as well as their scent.
Aromatherapy is purposed to use essential oils not only to influence the brain with its aroma but also their healing properties in a more pharmacological sense.
A lot of these oils have proved over time their effectiveness with their anti-inflammatory or antiseptic properties. But some people are still weary of their psychological effects via their scent. But really, when you think about it, you know how certain scents affect your mood or evoke memories. So why doubt the evident?
You know you’ll light those nice scented candles when you get home when you’ve had a stressful day because you want to relax and create a peaceful environment around you. You choose a particularly soothing scent for the reed diffuser you have in your room because it helps induce sleep.
So why not put a little more thought into it and choose those scents with a specific purpose in mind? Read our edit for some favourite choices in home and body scents that work wonders on your mood.