Do you love the smell of campfire or fresh baked apple pie, popcorn or cookies that just came out of the oven? Or maybe you like the stranger smells such as gas, freshly cut grass or black licorice.
Smells can invoke good memories or sometimes not so nice ones. The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. In addition to being the sense most closely linked to memory, smell is also highly emotional. Recent research has shown that pleasant smells can increase pain tolerance. 👃
The power of smells can impact on almost everything, from dreams and emotions, stress, pain management, concentration, memory and romance. While a whiff of lavender releases feel-good hormones and makes us happier or helps sooth pain and aches, the scent of roses lowers blood pressure and a hint of eucalyptus improves alertness.
So, on a day when you need to improve your mental focus and the next time you need to manipulate your brain power into doing what you’re trying to tell it to, consider using the practice of smelling those good scents you enjoy to increase your productivity, foster deep relaxation and alter perceptions of pain.
What is/are your favourite scent(s)?