Natural Aromas and the Big Picture

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Smells of gardens and good cooking…ahhhh. So nice. Artificial perfumes and cleansers? Not so much.

Not only are natural smells nicer, but they’re healthier for you to breathe in. For healthier home aromas, consider: candles, essential oils, plants, diffusers and open windows rather than harmful sprays.

The powerful influence of aroma works by stimulating smell receptors in the nose that send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system, which is a part of the brain involved in memories and emotion, thus evoking associations with past events and the attached feelings. You can use this to your advantage.

Try experimenting with aromas for different effects. Try lavender, which has been shown to produce a mild calming, soothing and sedative effect. It helps some people sleep. The there’s lemon, a true classic! This all-time favorite is thought to stimulate the mind while calming emotions. Net result? It seems to improve concentration, promote memorization and reduce computer errors. Want something a little more exotic? Try ylang ylang (pronounced ilang-ilang) for an energy boost and mood lifter.