Role of Fragrance in Aromatherapy
Did you know that studies have proven that smells have a huge role to play in our lives – there are several fragrances that can increase your productivity, reduce stress levels and some scents can even increase your power to focus!
Fragrances are the fundamental elements to create a welcoming environment: the aroma of flowers, citrus notes or woody accords can do wonders to your mood.
Your ability to smell has a crucial role to play in your overall wellbeing – imagine this, if you could not smell the food you were about to eat, would you really find it appetising?
The use of scents has long been accepted as a part of general health and wellbeing and today, more than ever, there is a growing awareness regarding how pleasant and powerful smells can affect us.
By having the right types of scents around you, you can actually change the mood of not only your own self, but also the people around you.
For instance, ever think of why your grandmother would always burn an incense stick in the morning, when she lit the lamp – because the fragrance of sandalwood is known to soothe the mind and invigorate you at the same time. When you go to a hill station or to a beach, you always talk about something being there in the air that instantly calms you – yet again, it is the scents in the air, due to the ocean or the trees on the hillside that are creating that effect.
Starting from this basic principle of aromatherapy, it has been discovered that the scents and essences we breathe can have a positive impact on our mood, stimulating greater efficiency and productivity even in the working context.
Whether you are in the office of your company or at home in smart working mode, using the right scents can be really useful to reduce stress, stimulate confrontation, reasoning and to create an environment that infuses good mood, able to combat tiredness due to an intense working day.
These affects allow you to improve your performance, get better results and spend time in a positive environment.
Among the essences recommended to have a greater concentration, there are the ones based on mint, cinnamon and ginger: their particular aromas help to perform at best the activities that require great attention and commitment. Rosemary, vetiver and coffee, on the other hand, improve brain functions, stimulating analysis and problem solving.
Finally, to relieve tension and recharge mind and body, lavender, lemongrass and pine allow to feel better and to perceive a feeling of total well-being.
We have already talked about how the sense of smell is connected to the part of the brain that processes emotions. When we smell something, it becomes an information that goes first to the limbic system and the hypothalamus. These are the brain areas responsible for emotions, feelings, instincts and impulses.
It makes sense that some scents have got a beneficial effect on our mood.
Also, when we smell something, our brain relates that smell to a memory. So, it is quite subjective the effect that a fragrance can have on each one of us.
So, it’s time to switch on the Aromatherapy for a perfect balance between personal and professional life.