We’ve all caught the whiff of sun tan lotion that bring us right back that amazing holiday with the girls, or a certain aftershave that makes us go weak at the knees.
Well, there’s a science behind it!
Our smelling response is directly linked to the emotional centre of our brain, causing a flood of warm and fuzzy feelings with a simple sniff.
But aside from their memory-inducing powers, certain scents can also do amazing things for our mind and body.
As a go-to scent for relaxation, lavender can help calm the mind and body almost instantly. Next time you’re having trouble getting some shut-eye, try turning to the soothing scent for a little help.
This cosy-smelling spice is great for boosting your brain power. Researchers found that those who took a whiff of cinnamon noticeably improved in brain functions like working memory and attention span.
There’s more than one reason why pine trees bring us cheer around Christmas. A pine scent could be decreasing our anxiety. In one study, participants who went on a walk through pine forests reported significantly lower depression and stress levels. Use that as an excuse the next time your family wants to get rid of the Christmas tree right away!
4. Freshly-cut grass
The fresh scent of cut grass may be making you happier. Scent researchers found that a chemical released by a newly-mowed lawn can make people feel joyful and relaxed. The aroma may also prevent mental decline as you grow older.
Scents like lemon and orange are not only well-known for their Vitamin C properties, but simply sniffing the fruit can help boost energy and alertness.
Researchers found that taking a whiff of the vanilla bean elevated people’s feelings of joy and relaxation. The results were measured through mood mapping, which included emotions ranging from happiness and stimulation to apathy and irritation.
In addition to giving you sweet breath, peppermint may also do your brain a favour. Known for invigorating the mind, it’s even been used as an aid for students when taking tests.
This floral scent has serious mood perks. The jasmine is not only said to create a sense of alertness, it can also help when you’re feeling blue. Pretty powerful for such a tiny flower!