Today I want to share some ways that your nose can leave you feeling happier and more energetic while boosting your brain power and/or keeping you calm.
So here we go … smell your way, hack style:
1. I’ve often heard people say that they like the smell of fresh-cut grass. Well, according to Australian researchers, there’s a good reason for that. You see, they found a chemical released in grass which creates feelings of joy and makes people feel relaxed. And don’t worry if you can’t get around freshly-cut grass — you can find candles and perfume with the scent online. Just do a quick Google search. You’ll be surprised how much comes up.
2. If you need an energy boost – smelling peppermint essential oil could do the trick. Peppermint oil has also been known to improve mood and stimulate the brain. In fact, one study conducted on athletes showed that peppermint oil increased performance and lung function.
3. Feeling down? Pick up something that contains the scent of vanilla. Vanilla has been found to reduce stress and anxiety, leaving you feeling happier and calmer. And when researchers used the scent of vanilla on cancer patients receiving treatments, their anxiety was reduced by 63%. Now that’s impressive!
4. Another uplifting smell is citrus. Lemon or orange smells reduce stress, lift mood and boosts energy and alertness.
5. And who would have thought a little lavender could be good for the heart? Well it is. Scientists discovered that smelling lavender oil significantly decreases blood pressure and heart rate (I love this one). And an added benefit … it’s an aphrodisiac :).
It’s truly amazing how our noses can help improve our quality of life.
So take time to stop and smell the roses, the lavender, or whatever it is you need!
Have a great week!
For a healthier you!
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