Whether you use traditional incense, waxes, or oils to freshen the way your spaces smell, adding a touch of fragrance to the air can really change your mood. Whether you want to set a mellow mood for a relaxing evening or you want to invigorate and add a bit of pep to your step, aromas help alter your feelings. We have extensively studied and tested countless different scents to bring you our favorites that uplift and energize.
Grapefruit, lemons, and oranges are bursting with vitamin C and vitamin B6, stimulating your senses with their crisp and bright aroma. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that has the ability to reduce the damaging effect of unnatural pollutants in the body, giving an added health bonus.
With its bright, tropical, grassy scent, lemongrass is not as well known in the west but has been a staple to eastern cultures for millennia. It has the ability to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression; you will feel the invigorating properties almost immediately. Containing quercetin, a flavonoid with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, you will feel refreshed and awake when using this aroma.
This stimulating smell will help with performance and focus on work and other tasks. A study showed that participants exposed to peppermint had an increase in both memory and visual-motor response. Containing vitamins A, B-6, C, E, and K, beta carotene, folate, and riboflavin, mint has a cornucopia of great health benefits.
Not only does this scent deter bugs and insects naturally, but it also has incredible health benefits. Eucalyptus oil reacts with mucous membranes to reduce mucus and loosen phlegm, helping you breathe more clearly. It also invigorates you and boosts your mood with the powerful antioxidants catechin, luteolin, kaempferol, and quercetin.
Inhaling rosemary oil slows the breakdown of acetylcholine, a chemical in the brain that is important for thinking, memory, and concentration. Inhaling rosemary oil from an inhaler decreased test subjects’ pulse by about 9%. In another study, 22 young adults smelled rosemary oil for 5 minutes, and their saliva had 23% lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Increased cortisol levels can contribute to insomnia, suppress your immune system and cause mood swings.
Cinnamon essential oil stimulates circulation, relieves pain, reduces stress, improves digestion, and protects against insects. This potent oil is a natural remedy for health concerns ranging from cough, colds, and even constipation. It contains many beneficial compounds, including cinnamaldehyde, which reduces inflammation and act as an antimicrobial.
Changing up your mood may be easier than you think with all the available scents that are known to perk you up. Many people use oil diffusers which are inexpensive and plentiful, but the convenience of incense sticks and essential oils make a quick and easy way to take your favorite scents with you wherever you go. Whatever way you choose to freshen up and invigorate your areas, you will be uplifted and refreshed, ready to take on any tasks that the day brings.