We can notice the importance of our olfactory sense every day. The smell that reminds us of a childhood memory, the perfume of a loved one, the smell of coffee in the morning. All of these can trigger a certain emotion or memory and it makes us feel a certain way, either happy, relaxed, or even melancholic. Over time, people who studied the olfactory sense came to the conclusion that by using certain aromatherapy scents we can improve our lives significantly. A chemical reaction is caused by the tiny molecules which enter our bodies through our nose or skin and stimulate the part of our brain which is connected to memory or mood. Depending on what emotions you want to trigger or contain, there is a wide variety of scents that you can use to your advantage.
One of the most well-studied essential oils in terms of its relaxing effects, Lavender oil is widely used to help against sleep disorders such as insomnia, as well as depression and anxiety. It does so by calming the nervous system, by lowering blood pressure and heart rate, and by changing the brain waves to a more relaxed state. Therefore, if you’re in desperate need of a good night sleep or you are experiencing too much stress in your everyday life, give this essential oil a try, but make sure you are not allergic to it as it is known to cause allergic reactions in some people.
Although less studied than Lavender, some believe that Jasmine is just as powerful in calming the nerves as the anti-anxiety drug Valium. With a sweet and floral aroma, Jasmine is also known for its benefits of supporting the circulatory and respiratory systems, along with the power to trigger feelings of strength, warmth and vitality.
Lemon oil is considered to be the most powerful anti-macrobian agent of all the essential oils, according to a study published in the International Journal of Food and Microbiology. When diffused, the invigorating aroma of lemon oil is known to provide an uplifting environment, to promote a positive mood and to energize your body.
4. Ylang Ylang
Extracted from the flower of a tropical tree in Southeast Asia, the Ylang Ylang essential oil has a sweet and floral smell, proven to help you relax and calm your nervous system, making it a good option to help you unwind after a long day of work.
5. Clary Sage
Originating from the Latin word ‘Clarus’, meaning ‘clear’, clary sage oil is extracted from the clary sage herb and it has been used by doctors to help relax patients before surgery. Also known for its antidepressant-like effects, the clary sage aromatherapy oil is known for its uplifting and euphoric effects.