How Can Scent Affect Your Mood?
More and more people are starting to look into the affects of scent and how it can alter mood and behaviour.
Only the other day I watched a programme on television, where a reporter placed lemon scent in hidden places on a train. Usually the train was left scruffy with people leaving rubbish everywhere, and yet when the scent was placed in the carriage, there was a remarkable reduction in the amount of trash left behind. It was just one interesting finding that links scent with the way we behave.
So can scent change the way you feel? Speaking from a personal point of view, I think it can definitely make you feel different. Whether I am feeling tired, hyper, anxious or unable to settle, I believe in the power of essential oils to give you a positive mood boost! I love to light the Lakes & Hills soy wax candles, because the air is filled with aromas which match and compliment my specific mood. However, I also use essential oils in air mists and use them on my skin diluted with various oils. Below are a few examples of essential oils and what they can possibly do to help you too.
Lavender makes me chill out. If I cannot sleep, feel anxious or hyper then this is super soothing. It is probably the most used out of my essential oils, not because I'm a worrier, but because I can get so busy that I find it hard to unwind and settle. This definitely helps me and is one of the ingredients in our pillow mist range.
Just like you get that lovely fresh feeling of using a mint toothpaste or mouthwash, mint has the ability to make me come to life. It helps clear my head, makes me more active and I find that I am more alert and on the go when mint is about.
I often cook with rosemary but it makes for a great essential oil especially if you are feeling fatigue and drained. It is an oil that I like to use, if I need pepping up after a cold. It is also said to have anti depressant qualities too.
I find scents of orange and lemon make me more positive and helps remove any negative vibes I may be thinking. It helps me feel more energised and ready for what may be a busy day ahead.
If you want some more ideas then a list of the symptoms are below, with suggested essential oils to try.
Stress and Anxious Feelings
Chamomile, Lavender, Orange, Patchouli, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot and Lemon.
Basil, Lemon, Mint and Rosemary
Tiredness and Fatigue
Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Ginger, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Sandalwood and Basil.
Calming and Restful
Lavender, Geranium, Clary sage, Neroli and Sandalwood.
Don't forget we have lots of lovely soy wax candles that can help you with mood too!