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Aromatherapy Smells Great!

Odors and Energy

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Each of us has a secret source of energy. You can’t hold it in your hand or see it in a book. Most mysteriously, it can boost your energy, mood and motivation without you even knowing it.

It’s a smell. Not just any smell, but a particular smell that invigorates you. It’s different for everyone. For some, it’s leaves; for others, hay; still others, rubber or smoke. People that turn up their noses at leather may perk right up when they smell motor oil.

The fact that odors can boost energy isn’t any news to people familiar with the basics of aromatherapy. We’ve heard for years about the effects smells have on our brains and bodies. Peppermint, for example, is widely used to increase alertness. In Japan, there’s a company that pipes in scented air to pep up employees. In the morning, cedar and cypress wake them up. In the afternoon, citrus stimulates their senses.

But what’s still unexplored is a type of “Personal Aromatherapy,” in which each person may be physically and emotionally affected in different ways by different smells.

Aromatherapy works in two ways. First, many smells (apple pie, foot odor, perfume) simply produce emotional responses learned through association. Other smells most often used in aromatherapy oils (lavender, vanilla) have real physical effects. They cause the body to produce neurochemicals, such as serotonin, which relaxes and induces sleep. Continued ›

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Member Comments

  • Fantastic information!! - 8/25/2014 7:39:50 PM
  • I'm off to light a candle... - 4/17/2014 8:49:33 AM
  • Pachouli
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    Fresh asphalt ..probably because I worked for a paving contractor and made life friends there.
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    I am a strange girl, I guess....
    - 2/20/2014 8:25:50 PM
    aromatherapy not only smells great but different aroma oils have different healing powers.
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  • I love using them to keep my house smelling refresh. - 7/27/2013 6:18:11 PM
  • i love the smell of really does relaxes me and helps me fall off to sleep. A coworker has a bottle of peppermint oil spray and I will spray it in my office in the afternoon after lunch when I just want to take a refreshes and revives me - 6/28/2013 10:15:54 AM
    I enjoy the scent of peppermint or vanilla. Unfortunately I have a lot of allergies, so though some scents, such as sawdust, cut grass or Este Lauder Youth Dew bring back pleasant memories of my parents who have passed, they also bring on allergy problems too. Talk about mixed reactions, lol! - 4/12/2013 3:43:29 PM
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  • My two scents that bring me to a energized and happy place are Orange Ginger and Aruba coconut both from Bath & Body Works. Orange Ginger reminds me of my times I spent at the SPA in Jamaica and Aruba Coconut reminds me of my travels to Jamaica. - 1/20/2013 12:30:49 AM
  • I love vanilla and use a vanilla scented body wash and vanilla fantasy cologne..... I've had people say I remind them of sugar cookies baking...... I also love eucalyptus... I have eucalyptus epsom salts and dr teal eucalyptus body ache bubble bath when I ache... I also use it to relax with candles or room spray........ and I have a eucalyptus mint spa scent additive for my hot tub..... I agree though sometimes people go overboard and some people I wish used something..... - 1/12/2013 10:47:21 PM
  • I think orange and other citrus is so energizing! It's a dual boost to have the vitamins AND the lovely scent when I have orange juice in the morning! - 12/13/2012 10:53:59 PM
  • had peppermint oil while in the hospital and feeling nasea. While it didn't stop me from losing my lunch due to the pain meds, it did help me bounce back quickly afterwards. - 11/27/2012 11:30:20 AM
    liked - 4/12/2012 7:42:51 PM
  • My partner and I like dollar store incense. Also aerosol air freshener. - 2/15/2012 6:58:51 AM
    May sound hokey, but this is a 100% true happening in my life as of recent. Due to rapid weight loss (thank you low carb) I began suffering from gallbladder attacks and was told the only recourse was removal. After an internal treatment of essential oils I am much better!!! Using a dropper, I drop a blend of high grade essential oils into a capsule and take internally. One ingredient I use is thyme. Basically same ingredient you get from your garden just much, much, more potent. I am now a firm believer. You can get results from high quality essential oils after the first use! There was no wondering if it was going to work for me. I knew immediately. After research I purchased doterra because you can take all of their oils internally or dilute for topical use. If you want a sample let me know tawanahamby at gmail. - 1/28/2012 12:44:40 PM

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