Fragrances have a powerful ability to evoke emotions and memories. They can also have a significant impact on our physical and mental health. Our sense of smell is directly linked to our limbic system, the part of the brain that controls emotions. When we smell something, the olfactory bulb in our nose sends a signal to the limbic system, triggering a cascade of chemical reactions that can affect our mood. We wanted to focus on this specific topic as the month of may, known as the mental health awareness month is coming to an end.
For example, studies have shown that the smell of lavender can reduce anxiety and stress, while peppermint can improve alertness and focus. Certain scents can also trigger memories and emotions. The smell of vanilla might remind you of the careless and happy days of childhood and baking, making you feel comforted and safe. On our site we focus heavily on guiding your discovery process by mood and invite you to explore this little fun tool to narrow down your search.
In addition to affecting our mood, fragrances can also physically impact our health. Studies have shown that the smell of specific essential oils can even help to lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and improve sleep quality which may all contribute to a more relaxed and stress free living.
Now here is some info that can surprise some, fragrances can also be used to boost the immune system. A study published in the journal "Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine" found that people who inhaled the scent of eucalyptus oil for 30 minutes had a significant increase in white blood cell count, a key indicator of immune function. If there were studies conducted for each particular note, there would be many amazing discoveries made in connection to health and we sure hope to see more conducted in the near future.
Fragrances are a powerful tool that can be used to improve your overall well-being. We don't consider it a magic wand and naturally will refrain from "prescribing" you any particular scents. Still, we suggest that you pay close attention to how certain fragrances may make you feel. By choosing the right fragrances and mindfully using them, you can create a more positive and healthy life, change your mood for the better, uplift yourself when feeling sad, and often get through some tough times by tapping into one of the most powerful tools - the olfactory sense. Mental health is often overlooked in our hectic and stress fueled environments yet it's at the core of our health, our productivity and our happiness. The best thing about it is you can have an “olfactory wellness session” in the comfort of your home by ordering various perfume samples that speak to you and embark on a wellness journey at your own pace. Like we said, mood hacking is often more accessible than you may think, and doesn't have to cost a fortune.