3 Ways Scents Can Impact Your Mood
1. Scent and Memory
Scent and memory are deeply connected. A bottle of coconut sunscreen can bring back memories of days at the beach. Fresh baked cookies can be a reminder of home.
It’s unsurprising that a scent reminiscent of childhood is the easiest to name. Found in classrooms, backpacks, pencil cases, cubbies and desks everywhere, Crayola crayons were listed among the top 20 most frequently identified smells in a study conducted by Professor William Cain at Yale University.
2. Scent and the Seasons
Along with the sights and sounds of each season are signature aromas -- from flowers and fresh rain in spring to gingerbread and pine in winter.
Many people use scented home décor touches, such as candles, to draw on the qualities of each season and welcome it into their homes.
For example, the six new spring fragrances from Yankee Candle embrace the season’s signature aromas, such as the crisp scent of a new blossom or cotton drying in the sunlight. Evocative of the greenest time of year, scents like Flowers in the Sun, Line Dried Cotton and April Showers can rejuvenate the home. More information can be found at www.YankeeCandle.com.
3. Scent and Well-Being
Stress is not just bad for your mood; it can be harmful for your health. But scent can be used to reduce stress, along with anxiety and pain. A practice called aromatherapy is used everywhere, from hospitals to homes, and has been shown to have positive effects on wellness. While one should seek out an expert aromatherapist for certain treatments, anyone experiencing tension can relax by filling his or her home with beloved fragrances from candles or incense.
Take these steps to fill your life with the aromas that best evoke the season, make you feel healthy and inspire happy memories.