Using Your Senses to Relax Your Body

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There are times when your senses can help you relax, and the most common one is your sense of smell. It creates a positive atmosphere that makes learning, working, or even resting pleasurable. It can even be so strong that it motivates you and changes your mood completely. You may wonder how can such a small thing as a sense of smell do something like this, and we are going to answer your question.

Lavender oils or candles to help you sleep

Lavender is a widely used smell, especially in air fresheners, and for a good reason. It really does freshen the air, making the room you are in feel calmer and like it has more air. This is why it is good to use lavender before going to bed. It can be essential oils or candles; it doesn’t matter since research shows that lavender has a soothing effect and can help you fall asleep easier. When using candles, for example, you get the addition of candlelight that relaxes you even more. Research also shows that lavender can reduce stress as well as your blood pressure, which is what makes it perfect for night-time use.

Eucalyptus bath bombs to improve your health

After a hard day at work, all you want to do is relax. This time we are not going to talk about scents whose only purpose is to relax you, but also about those that can improve your health. When you hear eucalyptus, your mind goes to respiratory problems. When you have a cold, runny nose, cough, asthma or sinusitis, eucalyptus will help you breathe better and clear your airways. Another benefit of using eucalyptus bath bombs is that it can reduce muscle ache and tension. It is used as a part of many massaging oils and creams, so why not do it in the comfort of your own bathtub whenever you feel sore. A eucalyptus bath bomb will relax you like any other bath would, but with additional health benefits.

Perfumes to bring back memories

A sense of smell is linked with memory more than any other sense. You have certainly been in a situation where you remembered a certain event, person or a period of life just by smelling a perfume. The explanation for this is that the olfactory system is connected to the part of the brain where you store memories and that is why you are able to recognize the sent from when you were a child, even though sometimes you can’t identify it. This is precisely how a fruity or floral women’s perfume can remind you of your first love, your grandmother, or best friend from when you were young. These scents are most commonly used in women’s fragrances, and they can also bring you back to a place you once visited just by opening the bottle. They can even help older people remember certain situations or people, which is when we see the true strength of our sense of smell.

Citrus to wake you up and make you feel energized

Citrus smells have many benefits as well. They make you feel happy and energized because they improve the production of serotonin – a hormone that makes you feel happy. They also reduce the levels of hormones responsible for stress, so they will relax you. Lemon scents have been proven to increase mental stimulation which is why you will be able to wake up easier. In addition, they will make you feel alert and focused so you can even try studying or working in citrus-scented rooms. You can use either citrus air fresheners or start your morning with a freshly squeezed lemonade.

Rose mist to refresh you and make you feel beautiful

Probably the most sensual and feminine of all cents is the rose scent. Its relaxing and soothing notes are the reason so many women love using rose water and mists. Since smells are directly related to our emotions, rose scents can remind you of a beautiful gift you got from a loved one. Considering all of this, it is no wonder spraying this in the morning will refresh you, make you feel beautiful and generally be a great start of your day. From a few ingredients you can easily find, you can make your own rose water at home, and smell beautiful all day.

Jasmine and patchouli for a seductive mood

For a more special, relaxed time with your significant other, the best, seductive scents to fit the mood are patchouli and jasmine. Patchouli will slow your breathing, making you feel calm and relaxed. Jasmine will increase your energy and mood. The best way to use them and enjoy with your partner is to buy massage oils with these scents.

We have come to the conclusion that smell is the most powerful sense. It can take you back in time, bring back some memories, and create different moods. It can make you healthy, calm, energized, but most importantly relaxed, and stress-free.

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Sophia Smith
Fashion and beauty blogger
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and fashion blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and organic beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is a regular contributor at High Style Life and many other blogs.
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