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Lift Your Mood Using Easy Aromatherapy

Posted by Alternative Medicine on July 30, 2010 in Aromatherapy with No Comments

Lifting your mood sounds pretty simple. Just clear your mind and let it all melt away, right? Sure, for those of us with no worries. What I’m talking about here is really rethinking the way you think about your mood.

Think of your mood as if it were physically part of you. When your neck and shoulders are tense, ideally you would get a massage, or use a supportive neck pillow to ease your discomfort. Your feet are aching, so you take off your shoes and soak them in some hot water. Or, you may just take a pain reliever. If you are feeling less than your best, you look for a way to help yourself feel better.

It works the same way with your mood. Most of us can not simply wish ourselves into a better condition. New studies have found that aromas can actually change how you feel right down to your subconscious. Here are some examples:

You want to feel energized. Your day is just beginning and already you know your energy will run out by noon. Go for peppermint, rosemary, or basil. These scents can be found naturally, or you can find essential oils to dab onto a cotton ball and place on your desk or in the car on your way to work. There are also a variety of bath products and lotions which feature these aromas and are specifically made to give you a boost. And interestingly enough, most people who drink a daily cup of coffee are so programmed to link the flavors of coffee to an energetic feeling, simply smelling it can bring a lift. Try placing coffee beans in a bowl to pick you up whenever you feel a little sluggish.

If stress is your problem, as it is for a good majority of us, a whiff of cedar wood, lavender, or fennel can calm your spirit. Lavender can be key to a feeling of calm because it triggers a release of the chemical serotonin in your brain, inducing a sense of well-being. Again, these are available in oils, candles, bath products, and found naturally. Cedar is readily found in sachets for hanging in closets, cars, and room fresheners.
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The power of scent can bring back fond memories or enlighten your mood. You can even give your house a homier feel by creating a warmer, cooler, or even cleaner scent. Use it wisely and don’t overdo it! Too much of a good thing may leave you with a headache instead of renewing your mood.

Of course, there are plenty of other fragrances out there that will give each one of us a different feeling, depending on things like culture, time of year, and time of day. If you melt when you smell cookies baking, or the sweet smell of cinnamon, by all means, light your favorite scented candle. You don’t need essential oils to play the part. Spritz on some perfume to get in the mood. Why not liven up a room with some citrus scented oils? The possibilities are nearly endless. Just remember, your mood is an important part of you. Help yourself by improving your mood.


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