Science of Smell: Reducing Stress

How good smells positively affect you

We love to talk about how smell is one of our strongest senses, because it’s true! Have you noticed the memories that a certain smell brings back? The feeling it can immediately put into your head? The impact an aroma quickly has on your mood? Yeah, smell drives us, and we want to help you know how to steer it in the right direction! Learn more about how to reduce your stress and calm down, just based on what you smell!

How good smells positively affect you

We love to talk about how smell is one of our strongest senses, because it’s true! Have you noticed the memories that a certain smell brings back? The feeling it can immediately put into your head? The impact an aroma quickly has on your mood? Yeah, smell drives us, and we want to help you know how to steer it in the right direction! Learn more about how to reduce your stress and calm down, just based on what you smell!

How Does it Work?

Using aromatherapy is a great way to help you calm down, and it is often underestimated. Smells activate the hypothalamus, which is connected to your hormonal system. This then influences your mood, stress levels, and metabolism, according to the Cleveland Clinic. As we are all unique, we each interpret smells, and memories the smells provoke, in different ways. When a smell hits our brain, we interact with it in a different way than the person next to us, and that smell memory may stay with us and bring back that moment for years to come, all because of how it interacts with our brain!

Using aromatherapy is a great way to help you calm down, and it is often underestimated. Smells activate the hypothalamus, which is connected to your hormonal system. This then influences your mood, stress levels, and metabolism, according to the Cleveland Clinic. As we are all unique, we each interpret smells, and memories the smells provoke, in different ways. When a smell hits our brain, we interact with it in a different way than the person next to us, and that smell memory may stay with us and bring back that moment for years to come, all because of how it interacts with our brain!

    Reaction to Smell

Nobody likes to go around smelling gross things, and we can immediately see what it does to our body, mind, and reflexes. If you think about what happens after smelling something stinky, you’ll notice that your body tries to shut off things coming in contact with it, and you might shrivel your face or body. This negatively affects your emotions and the feeling that you have, and could make for a bad memory of that moment, thing, or even the person you’re around when you smell it.

On the other hand, you may notice that when you smell something good, your body stands up straighter, relaxes, and wants to take in more of what is surrounding it. This opens up your body to positive experiences and helps you relax and calm down, as it settles the mind and eases your brain, leaving a good impression for you. Keeping a constant refreshing aroma is important to keep the good memories pumping!

Nobody likes to go around smelling gross things, and we can immediately see what it does to our body, mind, and reflexes. If you think about what happens after smelling something stinky, you’ll notice that your body tries to shut off things coming in contact with it, and you might shrivel your face or body. This negatively affects your emotions and the feeling that you have, and could make for a bad memory of that moment, thing, or even the person you’re around when you smell it.

On the other hand, you may notice that when you smell something good, your body stands up straighter, relaxes, and wants to take in more of what is surrounding it. This opens up your body to positive experiences and helps you relax and calm down, as it settles the mind and eases your brain, leaving a good impression for you. Keeping a constant refreshing aroma is important to keep the good memories pumping!

Reduce Your Stress

We all deal with daily worries, and with coronavirus stress adding more to our plates, we need a way to relax our senses and help our brains focus. Luckily, in your home you get to decide how to use the best home scents to create the lasting impressions you want. As mentioned in other posts, some of the tried and true favorites to calm you down and make you feel good are peppermint, jasmine, lavender, lemon or citrus, and vanilla. Each of these relaxing scents have unique qualities, so try them out to give your home scent system an upgrade, and you will truly feel a difference in how your mind and body react to the things thrown at you each day!

We all deal with daily worries, and with coronavirus stress adding more to our plates, we need a way to relax our senses and help our brains focus. Luckily, in your home you get to decide how to use the best home scents to create the lasting impressions you want. As mentioned in other posts, some of the tried and true favorites to calm you down and make you feel good are peppermint, jasmine, lavender, lemon or citrus, and vanilla. Each of these relaxing scents have unique qualities, so try them out to give your home scent system an upgrade, and you will truly feel a difference in how your mind and body react to the things thrown at you each day!

With everything that goes on in your world, find a way to make it easier by filling your air diffuser with smells to help bring you joy, relieve anxiety, and take you back to simpler times. Pura has home fragrances to match any of your scenting desires, so explore which ones work best for you, and make your positive memories last!

How will you keep the good memories pumping? 

Sources: Cleveland Clinic, Fifth Sense, Mental Help

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