Scents from essential oils can affect your mood
If you’re stressed, anxious or exhausted, a scent can boost your mood and make you feel calmer.
Using scents to improve your mood, known as aromatherapy, essential oils distilled from plants are absorbed into the body through the skin’s pores during massage or through your nose. The scents act on your hypothalamus, the part of your brain that influences the hormonal system.
Here’s a short primer on how aromatherapy can affect your mood, metabolism, stress levels and libido.
Research shows some scents, specifically lavender, can lessen anxiety. One study, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, showed that aromatherapy helped intensive care patients feel less anxious.
Does the memory of Grandma’s apple pie baking in the oven lift your mood? Concoct your own fragrant stress relievers in your kitchen to bring back happy memories and boost your spirits.
If your energy level is at a low ebb, try a citrus scent, like grapefruit or orange, to energize you. Rosemary can be invigorating, too.
You don’t need to shell out big bucks to get aromatherapy’s benefits. You can make this relaxation technique affordable at home with these tips:
Place essential oils in an infuser, which fills a room with scent.
Put a two or three drops of essential oil in two cups of water. Stir the water, then dip in a cotton washcloth. Wring out the cloth and use it to wipe your face, hands and neck. Or store the cloth in a sealed container in the refrigerator for later use.
Apply scented lotion to your skin.
Set out a scented stick. Carry a few in your purse or pocket to use when you’re on the go.