AROMA THERAPY AND THE HUMAN BRAIN
Did you know that, as humans, we are biologically hard-wired to react to different scents? It’s true. It’s due to the fact that the olifactory bulbs in our noses are connected to our brain by the limbic system. Scents connect to the parts of the brain, like the amygdala and the hippocampus. These parts of the brain creates associative learning (amygdala) and control our emotional responses ( hippocampus ).
Did you know that we are unable to stop this reaction to scents? It cannot be turned off! This accounts for several facts: aromatherapy candles DO help us control our mental well-being. We cannot stop the fact that certain odors have certain effects on people. These effects can be both positive and negative. This article will be a guide for which scents to use to produce certain physiological responses.
So, there is a biological reason why we all feel nauseous at the “rotten egg” odor of Sulphur or the smell of dirty socks. Scientists have identified scents and done research (mostly at the request of brick-and-mortar retail establishments who employ aromatherapy to communicate with customers) on how certain smells make people react.
I was so intrigued by the above facts I decided to investigate the science of aromatherapy.
75% OF ALL EMOTIONS ARE GENERATED BY SMELL!
The authors of the study that I consulted (cited below ), went on to state that specific states of mind ARE affected to cause changes in people’s thinking, memory and behavior. Scents can effect your heart rate and risk of stroke!
Human brains are affected by aroma. Cognitive performance is positively correlated with the scents of peppermint and cinnamon. This is scientific proof that aromatherapy increases things like your level of happiness or well-being and mood. Odors can even lower your fatigue and stress levels.
We are 100% more likely to remember something that we smelled compared to something that we’ve heard, touched or seen! This is how much our sense of smell determines our mood or predisposition. Mind sets like happiness and disgust are produced by scents: people can feel energized and refreshed, even stimulated by certain odors.
It should come as no surprise, then to realize the scents of nature, both pleasant and disgusting, will affect our moods.
6 MIND SETS THAT ARE AFFECTED BY ODORS
Research shows that there are six major categories of scents that have an effect on our minds:
Pleasant – Our minds feel emotions well-being, happiness – those that associate with awe and ecstacy.
Unpleasant – We react to these odors by feeling irritation or dissatisfaction, combined with possible anger and disgust.
Sensuality – Humans react with emotions of romance, desire, sensual pleasure; it’s almost like being in love.
Relaxation – Soothing effects are produced by certain odors: our minds are influenced to feel soothing effects on our moods; meditative-like feelings, serenity, calm and feeling “light”.
Refreshment – We react with moods of stimulation, purification, and also experience physiological reactions, like shivering.
Sensory Pleasure – This seems to be event-related pleasurable memories, exhibited by the following statement, “It smells just like Grandma’s kitchen in here”!
AROMAS DO AMAZING THINGS TO YOUR BODY AND MIND
Below is a short list of natural smells and their effects on human mood,
in no particular order:
creates elevated levels of happiness and generally heightens your emotions
is an aphrodisiac! It could be a good scent for attraction of the male of the species. 40% of male subjects in a study responded positively to the combination of pumpkin and lavender ( discussed below ).
increases cognitive stimuli. It invigorates our brain. This scent even tricks our brain into thinking our stuffed nasal passages are somehow improved.
increases alertness and relieves depressive thoughts. It is stimulating.
is a natural remedy for migranes. Headache symptoms are reduced along with symptom duration. This scent helps control anxiety.
treats insomnia and depression. It is popular now in nursing homes and other recuperative and rehabilitative environments.
sharpens our minds. Cognitive responses are heightened.
relieves stress. In Japan, studies have been done that prove walks in pine forests lower depressive and stressful feelings. A good reason to keep the Christmas tree longer!
FRESH CUT GRASS
boosts relaxed and happy emotions. It is proven to prevent mental decline as one ages.
energizes our moods and experiences.
evokes many emotions – well-being and security.
Think of you favorite scents. Aromatherapy candles are found in unbelievable varieties and combinations. They are proven to have these effects on human brains. Their use is beneficial to our mental state. We know these facts are true. Why? because scientific research abounds which relates to odor and the affects it has on people’s reactions. To discover how, keep reading…
Years ago, brick-and-mortar retail establishments discovered the use of scents to produce more cents in their bottom lines. Much research has been done on aroma and its effects on customers.
Manipulating customers by use of scent marketing is big money. The scent marketing industry is a $100 million now. It will reach one billion dollars in the future.
SCENT CANNOT BE TURNED OFF
And, it creates immediate, emotional responses. Thus, scents are used to silently communicate with captive customers. New car dealerships are known to use the smell of “new car leather” to influence consumers in showrooms.
In addition, the smell of fresh baked goods are often used in real estate when a home is shown to prospective buyers. This list could go on, but I’m sure you’re beginning to understand.
With scent, the brain responds before one thinks – we are wired this way. With all other senses, people will think first and react later. Wow! I wondered about how ethical it is to use people’s reactions, unwittingly, to improve their profits. I guess these retailers are not mired in the morality of the thing: if a certain scent is proven to make shoppers feel more relaxed in your stores so they browse longer and spend more, it will be employed.
Using aroma therapy is scientifically proven to help elevate your mood. Our brains respond to scents automatically, before we have a chance to think about it. Scientific research proves that brains respond to certain odors by evoking emotions and memory to induce people’s feelings. Brick and mortar retail stores employ methods of using odors to silently affect your behavior while in their places of business.
This indicates that aroma therapy with healthy candles will help what ails you – whether it’s insomnia, stress or well-being and happiness, aromatherapy will have an affect on your reactions.
Isn’t it better for your health to stay at home, learn and shop online and create the mood you choose for your environment? I hope all readers benefit from the information I have provided here. I have researched this, so you don’t have to.
I would enjoy hearing any comments or questions about this blog. Be sure to stop by regularly, as I intend to keep adding information and buying opportunities as time goes by.
TO SHOP CLICK THE LINK AND SELECT CANDLES – OR ANY OTHER THING YOU LIKE- FREE OF SCENT MANIPULATION!
Bradford, Kevin D. nd Desrochers, Debra M. (January 2009)The Use of Scents to Make Cents. https://eprints.mx.ac.uk