Certain aromas can help lift your mood and energize you.
Studies suggest that our sense of smell is 10,000 times more precise than our sense of taste. In fact when a scent is detected, it sends a signal to a part of the brain that controls memories and emotions. This is why the smell of popcorn reminds you of the movies or a whiff of coffee brings memories of early mornings. A scent can also help lower stress levels, improve mental and physical health, ease pain and curb insomnia.
Increase your sex drive : It may sound bizarre but studies suggest that baby powder, cucumber and even licorice, can turn women on. Pink grapefruit, oranges, etc, can help. Fresh citrus fragrances remind you of spring and summer and help you be perceived as younger and more energetic.
Control cravings: If you are one of those who suffer from major snack binges, then you should be sniffing green apple, banana or your favourite scent. Studies suggest that this will help you give up your cravings and lose weight in the long run. The brain is fooled into believing that you have already eaten the foods and will make you feel full longer. You can also try using cinnamon and vanilla scents.
Calm yourself : Lavender oil has been used since years to relax and calm the mind. Try adding a few drops of orange or lavender to a diffuser and use in your office or home on very stressful days. Bathing with a lavender-scented wash is another great way to unwind after a long day at work. Historically, it is considered calming, cooling, immune-enhancing and hormone-balancing. Lavender oil can also be used to calm emotions like fear, doubt and worry, as well as feelings of anger and irritability.
Learn something new : If you have been working really hard on a big presentation or staying up all night studying for your exams, try using rosemary oil. It is said to have properties that will help make you more alert and attentive. Rosemary essential oil is known to be a good brain and nerve tonic. It improves mental activity and is a solution for depression, mental fatigue and forgetfulness. Inhaling some rosemary oil will improve your spirit immediately and eliminate boredom.
Reduce pain: Put aside all those pills and go for something natural. Lavender or peppermint oil can ease headaches and other pains. It is said that the presence of calcium antagonism in peppermint oil aids in removing pain. It is also cooling in nature and helps ease fever. Put a few drops on a handkerchief and inhale the aroma.