Aromatherapy can have uplifting effects
Updated On: Oct 21 2013 10:45:40 AM CDT
Think back to the last time you experienced a pleasant smell. Remember how it made you feel? For me the smell of fresh-cut grass puts my mind at ease and instantly relaxes me.
The scent of lavender makes me less anxious and ready to fall asleep. I also love the smell of lemon — which reminds me of my mother's lemon pie and summer.
These are just a few examples of how scents can have a powerful effect on the mind, influence your mood and lower anxiety.
Aromatherapy usually involves the use of essential oils extracted from plants. However, other pleasant smells associated with fond memories can have a positive effect on mood and perspective.
Some studies on aromatherapy have shown these benefits:
- Lower anxiety and stress levels
- Improved mood
- Improved quality of life
You may want to explore using aromatherapy in your daily routine. It may be a helpful form of stress relief that's easy to incorporate.
Essential oils used in aromatherapy may be inhaled directly or indirectly, or applied to the skin through massage, lotions, oils or bath salts.
Aromatherapy works by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, sending messages via the nervous system to the limbic system -- a part of the brain that controls emotions.
Some common aromatherapy scents used for relaxation include: lavender, jasmine, chamomile, bergamot, rose, clary sage, neroli, sandalwood, ylang ylang and vanilla.
Distributed by Internet Broadcasting. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Morganelli: Police-involved shooting investigation could take weeks
Police: Man provides false information about Eric Frein
Foul language may stop plans to rename ASD field for Andre Reed
Deadly shooting shatters quiet at Washington school
Tractor trailer accident stops traffic on Route 422
Police: Stolen vehicle not used by Frein
Woman pleads guilty in animal cruelty case
Grandfather: Marysville school shooter hit cousins
Police ask for help find thieves stealing tires, rims
Police: Deaths of 2 men inside car a murder-suicide