Aromatherapy: How Smell Impacts you
Did you know that smell is the strongest of the senses? Most of the time we buy the air freshener based on what is most appealing. It's helpful to know what they are doing to us physically.
When you smell essential oils it activates your hypothalamus, sending messages to places in your body. Smells can affect your blood pressure, digestion and state of mind. They can even relieve pain anxiety and depression, to name a few.
Here's a couple suggestions of essentials oils to have around the house for a healthy environment.
Lemon- It has antiviral and antibacterial properties which can ward off sore throats and colds. It boosts the immune system and improves circulation. The kitchen and all common areas are perfect to use this scent in.
Lavender- We all know this time of year can be very stressful. Lavender can soothe the nerves and relieve stress? If you feel a headache or migraine coming on try smelling some on a cotton ball. Try this scent for the bedrooms
Cinnamon- A common herb this time of year, it helps you concentrate and energizes your mind. This would be a great scent for your home office.
Be careful what you buy; it's best to make your own scents for the home. In 2007 a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found after testing 14 common air fresheners 12 contain phthalates, which may affect hormones and reproductive development, especially in babies. Febreze Air Effects or Renuzit Subtle Effects do not contain detectable levels of phthalates. Instead of purchasing air fresheners, do a natural mixture of essential oil with water in a spray bottle.
Try them to create a relaxed, energized haven for the winter season!
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Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.
Blog writer Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.