Scientists have long been aware of the fact that scent is by far our most evocative sense. Consider how a whiff of cookies fresh out of the oven might take you back to grandma’s kitchen or how the smell of sunblock reminds you so powerfully of the beach. The nostalgic factor related to scent is not mere coincidence. It is because your olfactory reactions are strongly linked to the part of the brain which controls emotions.
Scent can also go a long way toward helping us to relax. For most of us, our daily lives also come with no small amount of stress, and all this stress can add up over time and lead to negative health consequences such as heart disease and dementia. Through developing techniques for relaxation, your health will likely improve both mentally and physically. Since scent is so powerfully connected to our emotions, it can naturally help us to feel more relaxed and at ease.
The use of scent, including scenting your home, can be an important ally in fighting stress and creating a relaxing environment. The use of essential oils, such as in a powerful but compact diffuser like our own AroMini, is perfect for helping you to unwind at the end of a hard day.
Imagine setting your diffuser to start emitting a calming fragrance, such as lavender or vanilla, just a short time before you arrive home each day. As soon as you enter the door, picture being immersed in this pleasant-smelling space, which helps you to feel more at ease, allowing you to leave your work-related stress behind. This is just one small example of how using relaxing scents in the home can have a significant impact on your mental well-being.
Since so much of our stress tends to come from work or other external sources, having a relaxing sanctuary in your home is essential. Consider this your private retreat where you can temporarily dismiss outside troubles such as bills, the work your car needs, the kids, or the mortgage and focus instead on being calm and at peace.
You can start by setting aside a time and place in your home at least a few times a week during which you can spend alone without electronic distractions or external pressures. Go ahead and light candles or treat yourself to a long, warm bath, but be sure to include relaxing scents for the home to get the most out of your relaxation time, such as jasmine, rose, lavender, or chamomile. Our AromaCasa Deluxe is an elegant diffuser which is ideal for transforming a small space, such as a bedroom or bath into a relaxing oasis.
Through making this small ritual a routine, you will likely notice an improvement in your outlook and your ability to handle stress. This, in turn, could improve your health in a number of subtle yet powerful ways. With less stress, you may have lower blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is known to contribute to obesity. With a more positive and optimistic perspective, you are also more likely to make healthier choices overall when it comes to things such as diet and exercise.
Although scenting your home may not solve all your worries and troubles, it can go a long way toward promoting relaxation. The health benefits which result may just speak for themselves.
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