Researchers at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Center in Chicago have found out that women who wore a scent combining floral and spice notes were perceived to be 12 pounds lighter than their actual weight! Hello! That is aromatherapy at its very finest. I for one will be stocking up on scents like these, Sephora calls them floral-oriental, to compensate for my extreme love of Haagen-Dazs Pineapple Coconut ice cream. I kid, people, I KID. Mostly.
Here are a few more aromatherapy ideas for the spring season:
Sleep: I know we moved the clocks forward quite a few days ago but my body has still not fully adjusted. If you are having the same problem try some Lavender essential oil, proven to lower stress and relax the nervous system. Reducing stress and anxiety will also boost your immune system for all those colds and allergies we talked about yesterday.
Illness: If you do end up with one of those annoying stuffy nose ailments Douglas Fir and Eucalyptus essential oils will help you breathe freely again. A few drops of each in a humidifier, or a simple bowl of hot water will clear your nose in no time.
Energy: If you need a little more spring in your step (ha!) try Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, or Rosemary essential oil. You can even make a mixture of two or more oils from this list for your own special blend. In a pinch the easiest thing to do is to pop a peppermint in your mouth. You will not only taste but also smell the mint and get a little energy boost on the go.
Weight loss: If you don’t want to rely on floral/spice perfume and would rather lose weight the old-fashioned way try wearing a Vanilla scent, shown to reduce cravings for sweets.
Any scents you rely on to get you through the day? Favorite aromas for your home during the spring months?
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