Heaven-Scent: Smells That Affect Your Mood

Heaven-Scent: Smells That Affect Your Mood

OBIE OKAFOR

School can sometimes put a damper on your mood, but there are many different ways to combat this. One of my favorite ways is through aromatherapy! Aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions. Some studies have shown that aromatherapy might have health benefits, including:

-Relief from anxiety and depression

-Improved quality of life, particularly for people with chronic health conditions

-Improved sleep

Here are some scent suggestions to ease you through the school year:

1. Citrus

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Lemon, orange - fruits in this family are superb! Not only are they yummy, but smelling their scent can help boost your energy and alertness! A perfect way to start of a mundane Monday.

I suggest:

Paddywax Apothecary, Fresh Meyer Lemon, $16

2. Rosemary

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Feeling a little burned out from your Friday night shenanigans? In addition to improving memory retention, rosemary has stimulating properties that fight physical exhaustion, headaches and mental fatigue. Rosemary can also be used topically to relieve muscular aches and pains.

I suggest:

Park & Madison, Lavender Rosemary Soy Candle, $11

3.  Lavender

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Lavender is a classic! This essential oil has calming properties that help control emotional stress. Lavender has a soothing effect on nerves and can relieve nervous tension and depression as well as treat headaches and migraines. A perfect candle to light after a stressful but successful exam day!

I suggest:

Park & Madison, Lavender Rosemary Soy Candle, $11

4. Vanilla

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Something sweet! Vanilla has been proven to boost moods and overall happiness. This is a scent you can use year round!

I suggest:

Bath & Body Works, Vanilla Birch, $12.95

5. Mint

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This is a scent that is invigorating, to say the least! Light a mint-scented candle to be more focused and feel fresh.

I suggest:

Bath & Body Works, Eucalyptus Mint, $12.95







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