Lighting, colour and texture are usual suspects to set a mood. What about scent? The sense of smell, touted as our strongest sense, is linked to the brain’s limbic system, which controls our emotions. This is why the smell of coconut evokes memories of childhood or why that brand of detergent reminds you of a friend.
Homes can be transformed to uplift your mood, de-stress or even dissipate that pesky cold. From a scented candle to potpourri, room sprays and incense sticks, there are many ways to achieve an uplifting aroma:
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Coffee is not only perfect to cure lethargy for its aroma can also awaken you. Brew some freshly ground coffee and breathe in the scent for a jolt out of drowsiness. Or light this Mandarin Prosecco candle by Heyland & Whittle for notes of decadent citrus that will energise. Mint is another great energising ingredient. Use this Mint oil by Kama Ayurveda for an instant hit of freshness.
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According to Rachel Herz, expert in the psychology of scent and author of The Scent of Desire, "One of the most universal appealing and calming scents is vanilla." Light this Black Vanilla candle by Cereria Molla for a wonderfully subtle fragrance. Or set a bowl of this Lavender and Rosemary potpourri by Agraria in your bathroom for a relaxing bath. Lavender has calming properties that will help you de-stress, and even coax some winks out of decided insomniacs.
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Room scents not only shape your moods but can also help your immunity. Frankincense, a daily ritual for many, is an effective disinfectant. Let its fumes envelope your home with this set by Good Earth for an effective boost to your immune system. Eucalyptus oil is an amazing ingredient to fight colds with its anti-everything properties. Set up your diffuser with this oil by Kama Ayurveda for a clean smell that heals.
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Of course, despite your best efforts, you can never completely ensure the malodorous does not invade. And we have just the trick to help, post any routine: Aesop’s Post Poo drops!