How To Improve Your Mood Through Smell
Throughout life there will be many instances where you feel either anxious or stressed and it is good to know about what you can do to help relax both your body and mind. In this article, we’ll be focusing on simple scents that can be used to make you feel calmer and happier.
Let’s start with the well-known lavender, which according to the International Journal of Neuroscience can increase feelings of relaxation, help to improve your mood and even help with maths calculation! Furthermore, lavender scent has also been used in a study of college women according to the Huffington Post.
Another beneficial smell if you’re feeling particularly stressed is the scent of pine trees. A Japanese study by Kyoto University discovered that participants who walked through forests of pine trees had lower levels of both depression and stress.
According to Cosmopolitan, chamomile has a positive calming effect on the mind and is often consumed in the form of herbal tea. Vanilla can help to ease stress as it can take you back to your childhood, as the teats of many baby bottles are scented with vanilla.
While smells such as cinnamon and peppermint can help to increase alertness and citrus scents can help you to feel energized, some fragrances are used to increase an individuals wellbeing via aromatherapy. Lemon is one such fragrance, which according to Very Well Mind can help to reduce stress and feelings of fear, whilst improving your mood.
According to Reader’s Digest, jasmine is another mood enhancer, which can be used to calm nerves.
Finally there are non-natural products, which can be equally effective. Believe it or not, sun cream can help you to relax as it can remind you of the sun and memories of stress-free holidays. The smell of baby powder can bring back nostalgic memories of your childhood.
So there we have it, how to improve your mood through smell! Which scents will you use?