The Power of Fragrances — The Olfactory Effect

March 06, 2019

Power of Fragrances

Olfactory

ol·​fac·​to·​ry | \ äl-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē 
Adjective

Relating to one’s sense of smell, the olfactory system that integrates with one’s other senses to form a sense of flavor. The olfactory receptors can be located in the nasal cavity.

Most of us don’t give a second thought to our olfactory system; it’s only when you deep-dive into the subject that you realize how integral this system is to us.

It’s your olfactory system that triggers your brain to remember certain events, connecting fragrances and registering their notes and ranges, storing this information even after the smell is long gone.

The fragrances you smell stimulate the part of the brain where emotional memories are stored, and taste is analyzed. But in addition, they also stimulate the part of the brain which deals with other body functions like blood pressure, breathing, heart rate, hormonal levels and stress levels.

In short, when you smell something, that emotional control center of your brain becomes immediately linked with that scent. This is why you’re able to recognize certain scents even if it’s been decades since you last came across them.

This is also why some fragrances comfort you, because they trigger positive memories. Case in point, the smell of warm bread or warm chocolate chip cookies!

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How Can You Use Fragrances to Influence Your Mental Health?

The main goal of aromatherapy is to influence your body and mind by stimulating your emotional control center.

By using positive scents, aromatherapy not only relaxes you, but also affects your concentration, focus, memory, and even alleviates stress. Additionally, the right fragrances also improve your libido, help in coping with depression, and aid you in moving on from grief.

From the large selection of scents here at Lovery, the most popular ones that are mainly used for this reason include:

  • Mint
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Lavender
  • Jasmine
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Vanilla
  • Velvet

Using Fragrances for Aromatherapy

Fragrances for Aromatherapy

Truth be told, there’s no set guide on which fragrance works best for different people.

The only way you can figure out your scent is to test them. Breathe different perfumes, find different notes and use your natural instincts to zone in on the aroma that most identifies with a positive memory.

Soft, gentle fragrances are best if you’re looking to calm yourself and relax. Uplifting scents such as citrus and spices work for days when you want more energy.

Buy the Right Fragrance from Lovery!

Offering a large selection of fragrances and spa gift baskets for girls, our baskets are comprised of numerous bath products and a few special additions so you won’t even need anything extra to set that mood for relaxation.

Buy from our spa gift basket collection and put your olfactory senses to work!