Did You Know That Fragrances Affect Our Moods? – Part 3

fragrances and mood

Now that we’ve told you easy homemade fragrant solutions for busting stress, feeling happy, better concentration, and sleeping well among the rest, in this third part we bring you another set of scents that have nothing else but a feel good factor attached to them – the ones that’ll drive you through the sweet memory by-lanes.

Here’s a quick rundown on the top year-round scents for manifold cherish-able instances.

  • Clean Cotton

What does freshness in cloth remind you of? For most of us the visual of just-washed clothes hanging from the rope while fresh spring breeze blowing through them. That’s the imagery that fills our minds with. It’s a pretty picture to meditate upon and is sure to fire the happy hormones in anybody’s body irrespective of where you live or the time of year. Similar stimulating scents include: fresh linen, fresh cotton, white flowers.

  • Freshness of a Garden

Who isn’t charmed by the million fragrances offered in the nature’s lap?  Rose has certainly topped the charts as the most symbolic of love and romance throughout history. Aromatherapy embraces the mood enhancing qualities of the rose candle. Roses bring to mind verdant gardens full of life that are delightful for a visit. Similar scents: Rose petals, magnolia, and orchids.

  • Old is Gold

Everything that’s old, those that have been with you for awhile becomes nostalgic for you – reminiscent of old friends, childhood memories, grandma’s kitchen, etc. In a similar fashion, vanilla’s popularity has grown enormously, because the softness of the scent does not overpower the taste buds. Plain vanilla is untainted, unchanged and pure. The homey scent is relaxing, innocent and comforting all at the same time. Similar scents: hazelnut, coffee, orchids.

  • For the Beach Bums!

A walk by the sea shore has always topped the favourite holiday destination lists. Salt, sand and sunshine blend together well giving away peculiar soothing scents – the scent of sea spray is calming, bringing to mind the ebb and flow of the ocean tides. Water is a universal cleanser, helping you contemplate positive outcomes while washing away tension and negative emotions. Similar scents: spring rain, mountain breeze.

  • The Wooden Charm

Another leisure activity destination would be an introspective walk through the calmness of woods. Amidst the lush green canopy surrounded by the soulful chirps, you are truly refreshed by the scintillating moist grass fragrance. In spring, it will smell of rain, woods and fresh leaves. In summer, the woody scent will be stronger. It’s the falling leaves, cooler air and crisp hints of pine that attract you in the autumn. The winter woods still have that hint of cedar and pine mixed with the colder, cooler scents of snow. Similar scents: Eucalyptus, sandalwood, birch, cedar, pine, and maple leaves.

  • No Place Like Home

Who doesn’t relax when they scent grandma’s cinnamon delicacy? Cinnamon, this food based scent is too heavy in summer, but adds to the warmth and cosiness of home in the cooler days of autumn and icy days of winter. These scents conjure the warm winter comfort found around Grandma’s table whether you are there for the holidays or a visit. Similar scents include: pumpkin pie, nutmeg, molasses, sugar cookie, brown sugar, etc.

  • Fruit Bowl

Freshly cut, aptly ripe, the thought of fruits in itself is so pleasurable. Much like spices and herbs, the scents of fruits is uniquely invigorating as well. Lemon scents, particularly lemon verbena, give you a clean, refreshing scent. Some foods, particularly those featuring heavy onion or garlic, can be overpowering in the air. Fruit scented candles can reduce and eliminate the scent – letting you enjoy the food and the cleaner, fresher scent. Citrus and apple scents have fragrance ‘notes’ that can be ‘light and breezy to warm and comforting.’ Similar scents: Orange, apples, tangerines, peach, pomegranate, strawberry etc.

These are some of the carefully chosen fragrances, easy to find and good to have around.

Moving further, we have briefly compiled a list of flowers that help improve certain mood types for quick reference.

  • Anger: Jasmine, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Lavender
  • Anxiety: Lavender, Patchouli, Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Orange, Ylang Ylang
  • Confidence: Jasmine, Orange
  • Depression: Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Cinnamon
  • Fatigue: Jasmine, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Pine, Clove
  • Fear: Jasmine, Lemon, Orange, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Clove, Lavender
  • Frustration: Orange
  • Grief: Rose, Sandalwood
  • Insecurity: Jasmine, Sandalwood
  • Insomnia: Lavender
  • Irritability: Lavender, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Orange, Ylang Ylang
  • Loneliness: Rose
  • Panic & Panic Attacks: Lavender, Rose, Ylang Ylang
  • Stress: Jasmine, Lavender, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla
  • Tension: Lemon, Orange

And another note, here’s a quick reference on the flower-power to encourage positive vibes

  • Courage: Clove
  • Creativity: Cinnamon
  • Happiness & Peace: Lemon, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Honeysuckle
  • Inner Peace: Coconut, Sandalwood
  • Mental Focus: Eucalyptus
  • Positive Outlook: Orange
  • Sexual Arousal: Orange, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang

Hope these beautiful fragrances find you in good health always!

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