Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What is that SMELL?

You’ve no doubt heard of aromatherapy by now; it’s been around a long, long time. In fact, it’s been around for thousands of years! The Chinese are generally credited with the invention of using sweet smelling oils and incense to improve one’s mood and state of mind but there is evidence that even the Egyptians knew the advantages of pleasant smells and relaxing odors.

Recent (and not so recent) studies have shown that aromatherapy can be a very effective aid in helping us to relax, increase appetite, sleep better, increase concentration and combat our #1 enemy, stress. It’s not hard to understand just how influential our olfactory senses can be in affecting just how we may feel at a particular moment.

Think about it: Have you ever smelled a disgusting odor just as you were about to take the first bite of your food? Did you ever buy a treat at the mall just because you smelled it? Here’s one for the realtors in the crowd. Have you ever been on a showing with an interested client in a home that had a horrible odor? I’ll lay money they didn’t buy.

Yes, the sense of smell has a lot more to do with our mood than we might realize. Here are some great uses for scented oils in your home that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. It’s definitely not a bad idea if you are in the process of selling your home either!

·         Add a few drops of your favorite scented oil to a water bottle and then spray your fabric covered furniture. It works well on your clothes too and a squirt or two on the bed sheets will give your bedroom that “just cleaned” feeling!

·         Lavender scented cotton balls will freshen closets and drawers and as a bonus will deter moths as well. It smells much better than traditional mothballs.

·         Add scented oil to your humidifier or behind the radiator (if you have one) using a cotton wool ball. The aroma will fill the entire floor!

·         Did you know that if you place a few drops on a cold light bulb that as it warms up the scent of the oil will fill the entire room?

·         Mix just a few drops with water for a custom air freshener where needed.

·         Scented oils can be used to add fragrance to candles. This works really well because you get the calming effect of the candlelight as well as the pleasant smell of the oil.

·         Add scented oil to boiling water to freshen an entire level of your home. Orange and lemon work especially well for this purpose.

For reference different aromas do produce different results. Lavender is a pleasant way to start the day while geranium has a more calming effect and is a great way to relax after a busy day. Certain aromas will actually clean the air and not just mask unpleasant odors. These include lemon, orange, cinnamon, lavender, eucalyptus, lime, rosemary and others. Experiment a bit and you will discover which aromas work best for you.

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