Have you ever wondered why you prefer some fragrances to others? Perhaps you love the smell of fresh lavender mixed with vanilla, while your sister loves sandalwood and citrus. People perceive scent differently, and smells are highly associated with memory. Here are three ways in which your home’s fragrance can affect your mind and body.
1. Fragrance Can Affect Your Mood
While it should be obvious that scents you like will put you in a good mood while those that don’t may make you feel crabby or irritable, many medical professionals think that some fragrances themselves can actually alter your mood. If you’ve never experimented with fragrance or essential oils, try out a few single home fragrance scents or blends and see for yourself! Many people find that peppermint and cinnamon, for example, can energize them and help them focus.
Could a home fragrance wafting through the air actually change our moods this much? Neuropsychiatrists think it could: Those who suffer from anosmia, or loss of smell, often struggle with depression, and those with depression often have a hard time smelling fragrances like they used to.
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2. Fragrance Can Enhance Your Sleep and Learning
In an interesting twist, the fragrances you smell before a good night’s sleep can actually boost your learning during sleep as well. Meaning, if you smell a fragrance during study time and then you sleep with the same fragrance, you will recall the information better later — such as during a test or an important meeting at work.
The participants’ learning was enhanced regardless of whether the smell was good or bad, but thankfully, we’ve got great options for wonderful smells, like our lavender vanilla blend, that you can use during sleep and wake time. What an excellent new use for your home fragrance system!
3. Fragrance Can Help You Lose Weight
Does this sound too good to be true? Researchers in Scotland found that the participants in their study who wore a vanilla-scented patch on their skin showed a decrease in appetite and actually lost weight over time compared to other participants who wore a lemon-scented patch or a placebo patch. The thinking behind their experiment was that if people could smell sweets instead of eating them, their appetite may be curbed. In the case of the vanilla fragrance, it was.
Vanilla is often used as a component of other fragrance blends to give it a peaceful, relaxing appeal, but there’s no word yet on whether vanilla blends curb your appetite in the same way as the skin patch in the study did for the participants. This method won’t be a cure-all for avoiding sweets, but you could try a vanilla-based home fragrance during holiday gatherings to see if it helps you avoid a second serving of pie!
Select your favorite fragrances from our list of quality nontoxic items that are both phthalate and paraben-free and are safe for the whole family. Visit us at Whole Home Scenting to peruse our catalog of seasonal scents as well as our standard scents today.