Welcome to the first day of your wellbeing Advent calendar! Today, we have started with a beautiful wax disk that releases its scent into the air and helps our wellbeing. We have slightly bigger (fatter) versions in a box if you like these - click here.
But how do they help wellbeing?
The way our brain receives and processes odors is complex and much still remains to be discovered. But there is no doubt that scent affects our mood.
Most people who walk into a room that smells of jasmine or lavender, are likely to feel calmer, citrus smells can invigorate us and vanilla or rose can comfort us.
The connection between scents and emotions is deeply rooted in our biology. Our sense of smell is directly linked to the limbic system, the brain's emotional center, which plays a significant role in mood regulation. This connection is why certain scents can evoke memories, trigger emotions, or even impact our behaviour.
Understanding the effects of fragrance on emotions, moods, and physiology can empower you to harness the power of scents to enhance your emotional well-being.
Using this knowledge we can choose wax melts, diffuser or essential oil, room fragrances or candles that support our wellbeing needs. Here’s a few valuable scents:
Lavender is well-known for its calming and soothing properties. The scent has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and promote relaxation, making it an ideal choice for creating a peaceful atmosphere, especially beforeb bedtime
Citrus scents, such as lemon, orange, and grapefruit, are known for their uplifting and energizing effects. These fragrances can help improve mood, increase alertness, and reduce feelings of fatigue, making them perfect for kick-starting your day or overcoming an afternoon slump.
Vanilla has a warm, sweet scent that is often associated with comfort and relaxation. This comforting aroma makes it a great choice for creating a cosy atmosphere at home or to help unwind after a long day.
Peppermint has a fresh, invigorating scent that can help improve concentration, focus, and mental clarity. Its stimulating effects can also help alleviate feelings of fatigue and increase alertness.
Rose has been shown to have a calming effect, reducing stress and promoting a sense of tranquillity.
Eucalyptus has a fresh, cooling scent that is known for its ability to clear the mind and promote focus. This invigorating scent is perfect for maintaining mental clarity and focus, especially during times of stress.
Jasmine has a rich, exotic aroma associated with relaxation and stress relief and promotes a sense of well-being. This makes it a great choice for creating a serene atmosphere or helping to unwind after a challenging day.
Cinnamon boasts a warm, spicy scent that can evoke feelings of comfort and warmth and it’s invigorating aroma makes it an excellent choice for stimulating the senses and fostering a sense of cosiness in your surroundings.