How fragrance lifts mood
Written by Ayesha Khan
As it turns out, we don’t just like fragrances for their sweet smell: they also make us feel a certain way. The sense of scent requires the least amount of processing through the various nerves of our senses its like direct dialling right to the brain. Pleasant smells lower the heart rate, while volatile substances, like those in the scent of lemon, stimulate us when molecules quickly evaporate as they hit our olfactory nerves.
Here are five scents that are sure to have you at your best!
While grapefruit can make you feel more youthful, other citrus smells such as orange, lemon, and bergamot have been found to combat depression, fear, and hysteria.
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Research shows that mixed floral scents will actually help you learn better by making your brain more receptive to important information. Jasmine, in particular, is said to boost your productivity and focus.
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This mystic smell is commonly associated with spirituality. Its a rich and dark fragrance that at once grounds and lifts us with its earthy yet spicy punch. It is believed that perfumes containing myrrh elevate ambition in their wearers.
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One of the most important essential oils, and one that makes its way into many a fragrance (especially home-freshener sprays), this lovely scent is said to reduce anxiety by lowering the body’s levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
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This zippy fragrance will elevate your mood and is particularly good if you’re feeling uneasy in your tummy just think how good it feels to sip on ginger ale when you’re feeling a little queasy.
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