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[8 Sep 2010 | No Comments | 28 views | Author: Alex Tarallo]
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How Aroma Can Transform Your MoodDid you know that something as simple as a scent can transform your health?

Just to illustrate how powerful our sense of smell is and how intimately connected it is to our emotional state, think about the last time scent set off vivid memories of your past.

In my case, after dinner at my mom’s house, the scent of her home lingers on my clothing, bringing me back to the time I lived there too. I go every week, yet it happens time and time again.

Although research in the U.S is still behind when compared to other countries, more and more people are resorting to scents and what is known as aromatherapy to heal their body and mind.

One of the most fundamental uses of aromatherapy is to reduce stress. Stress has one of the single most negative effects on our body.

It is well-known that this disease of modern man contributes to a number dangerous health conditions such as high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes. Anxiety and depression are also in many cases caused by stress.

Aromatherapy is an extremely accessible way to a more relaxed state of mind which will in turn provide the body with immense health benefits such as improved sleep, adrenal and kidney function and a lower heart rate. Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, and Jazmin essential oils can be used to reduce stress. Try lavender is a well-known scent that helps induce sleep.

Sandalwood is good for depression and for insomnia that is caused by anxiety. Nervous exhaustion can be helped with basil, cinnamon, citronella, ylang-ylang and coriander. For tension try the scent of chamomile, cinnamon, geranium, jasmine or lavender.

There are a number of tools available on the market for diffusing the healing properties of aromatic essential oils. I personally like the old-fashioned diffusers powered by a tea light because they produce a very delicate scent. I hope soon, you too will start stimulating your sense of smell! It accounts for 75% of our taste buds. And how dull would life be if we couldn’t savor it?

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