Scents are a powerful thing. Many studies have linked the sense of smell with memory and emotions. For example, the scent of a lily in blossom may conjure a specific time in your childhood and that memory may make you feel happy. Or, maybe you don’t even think of that memory when you smell lily but you simply feel at ease. Those relaxed feelings are because of your subconscious ties with lily and your childhood.
Most people will have such specific memories and emotions tied to certain scents. That said, there are also scents that offer more general positive emotions and benefits. Have you heard of aromatherapy? This type of therapy is dedicated to using essential oils and their scents to improve and balance patients emotionally, physically, and mentally. The following is a look at some of the common scents harnessed by aromatherapy products. Plus, some ways to incorporate them into your Cottages of Fort Collins Apartment:
6 Scents to Use to Boost Your Mood & Productivity
- Lemon. Lemon has a zestiness that, thanks to its usage in so many cleaning products, gets described as a ‘clean’ fragrance. Additionally, because it is so broadly associated with cleaning and cleanliness, many aromatherapists will use lemon essential oils to purge and oust feelings of imperfection and bring in feelings of confidence. You might use lemon-scented candles to breathe in some zest in a given area. Or to boost your concentration when performing things like studying.
- Lavender. Lavender is a scent that helps calm the body and the mind. In fact, studies with college students have shown that use of the scent in sleeping areas effectively eased sleep, anxiety, and depression problems. Lavender also has general calming properties, making it a good scent choice for nights when you need to unwind.
- Cinnamon. Cinnamon has a spiced, winter aroma that can feel enveloping. Its strong association with Christmas and the holidays can evoke positive feelings and memories of home. But these associations aren’t the only thing the scent is good for! Recent studies have also shown that sweet-smelling cinnamon can also boost your brain power. Researches from the Wheeling Jesuit University showed that just a quick whiff of cinnamon improved the sniffer’s cognitive functions, such as working memory, attention span, and visual-motor response.
- Peppermint. The same researchers also found out that people who smelled peppermint showed greater cognitive stamina and motivation. In fact, a lot of schools already use peppermint in the form of peppermint candies for students when taking tests. The sugar helps perk students up while the peppermint helps boost concentration and prevent mental fatigue.
- Rosemary. In folk remedies and medicine, rosemary has long been associated with memory-awakening and strengthening capabilities. Well, centuries of using rosemary weren’t for nothing. Plenty of modern studies have linked rosemary with improved cognition. Additionally, the scent of rosemary has been shown to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. This is key as having too high-stress cortisol levels won’t just make you feel antsy, but it can also suppress your immune system. This can contribute to issues like insomnia and rapid mood swings. Using rosemary-scented candles as you prepare to go to class or work can help encourage a much better state-of-mind.
- Coffee. No, you don’t actually have to drink coffee to enjoy its benefits. Something like a bar of coffee-scented soap can actually perk you up and improve your mental performance. In fact, studies of two groups performing math-related tests showed that a group exposed to a coffee scent during the test scored significantly higher than a group not exposed to the bean scent. You might have even noticed this yourself if you’ve compared how you felt when studying inside a coffee shop to studying somewhere else? In any case, something as simple as a bar of coffee-scented soap or ensuring you have a fresh pot brewing every morning can be a big boon.
The Best Way to Find Your Preferred Scents is to Experiment!
Again, finding the right scents for your mood and mental needs takes some experimentation. Experiment both with different scents and different ways of creating those scents — as in looking at more than just the candle aisle. Electric wax warmers utilize scented wax like candles but don’t come with the inherent dangers that open flames do. Essential oil sprays and diffusers can be a good way of making an entire room smell nice but buying essential oils can get expensive. In contrast, incense sticks are relatively cheap, readily found, and provide immediate and long-lasting scent improvements.
However, remember that fresh scents are no replacement for clean homes! If you find yourself too busy this semester to give your room a deep clean, contact our front desk and let us get you in contact with a professional cleaning service. Just as with fresh sheets, few things feel as nice as coming home to a clean home with your favorite scent!