It may be a surprise to learn that scents can do wonders for your health. They may be able to decrease our stress levels, help us sleep, make us smarter and give us a greater sense of well-being. Check out the following awesome ways scents can improve your life.
Lavender is thought to help insomniacs get proper shut eye. It is also thought to help ease depression in people. Cool, huh? A study done consisted of 42 college women and research found that lavender eased their sleep problems, as well as depressive symptoms. So the next time you’re feeling down or have trouble falling asleep, spray your pillow with some lavender or invest in a great lavender plant. Your mind and body just may thank you.
The crazy thing about cinnamon is that it is believed to help make people sharper. A study was done in which researchers from Wheeling Jesuit University found that subjects who smelled cinnamon had improved cognitive functions, such as working memory, attention span and visual-motor response. Need to study for that big test next week? Maybe spend some time in a Starbucks studying on your laptop and ordering a delicious cinnamon dolce latte for some mind-boosting effects.
It was discovered that the smell of pine can help to decrease stress and anxiety in people. In a Japanese study, subjects who walked through pine forests reported significantly lower stress and depression levels. Research also found that anxious people who smelled some pine had a greater sense of relaxation. This may be a good reason to invest in a pine scented air freshener of some sort and hang it in your office so that you can reduce stress when you’re finishing up a workload.
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