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Scents and Sensibility: Aromatherapy at Home

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Close your eyes. Imagine sitting in the kitchen one morning, sipping freshly brewed coffee, and enjoying its bold aroma.

Add to that a gooey helping of cinnamon roll, fresh from the oven, with vanilla cream on top. Take a bite. And savor the heavenly blend of sugar and spice.

Now, open your eyes – and the mouthwatering aroma lingers.

Such a delightful experience is triggered by our own memory of rich smells: from the fresh to the full-bodied, from the savory to the sweet.

The pleasure derived from aroma – whether you are at your favorite spa or even your favorite coffee house – is built on this encounter. Because they make us feel good, scents are being used to promote well-being. You can enjoy the health benefits of aromatherapy in the luxury of your own home. The same olfactory experience can be achieved by following our novel ideas with these three types of aroma:

Invigorating Scents

  • Vanilla and Coffee

Tip: Boil a vanilla pod in a pot of milk with brown sugar then add to your cup of coffee.

Great mornings start with a wonderful cup of java. While caffeine can perk you up, the aroma of coffee is, in itself, known to calm the nerves. Vanilla fragrance also has the same relaxing effect. Pouring milk infused with natural vanilla extract into your morning brew helps to create an aromatic blend that is invigorating but without leading to nervousness and tremors.

  • Lemon

Tip: Cut a lemon in half and leave it in your work area.

The zesty smell of this citrus fruit is known to invigorate exhausted minds. Researchers believe the scent can uplift a person’s mood and help pick up productivity. Cutting a lemon in half and leaving it in your favorite work area can help you stay on track throughout the day.

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Sensual Scents

  • Basil

Tip: Use fresh basil leaves when sharing a meal with your partner.

If you are looking to spice up the romance in your life, begin by cooking a dish that makes use of fresh basil. Have your significant other prepare it with you and together break the leaves apart with your fingers. The earthy aroma not only adds to the flavor of the meal, but it is also believed to trigger desire.

Soothing Scents

  • Lavender

Tip: Add a few drops of lavender oil to a warm bath.

This essential oil is considered the most widely used aromatherapy scent because of its calming effect. While lavender is known to ease tension, it can also cure insomnia.

Before going to bed, take a luxurious bath infused with this oil to enjoy a good night’s sleep. Researchers, however, suggest avoiding this essential oil if you are pregnant.

  • Rose

Tip: Dab rose oil on your wrists.

If you find the scent of a rose soothing, dab a few drops on your wrists to catch a whiff of its sweetness before and during sleep. This fragrance has the power to influence your mind positively even when you are in a dream state. Smelling the scent of a rose can actually lead to having good dreams and also lower your blood pressure, according to studies.

We encounter everyday aromas that give dimension to our experiences, from sharing a delicious meal to taking a luxurious bath; from our waking life to our dream state. It is all a matter of opening up our senses to a world of scents that heal the mind, body, and spirit.

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On the Balsam Hill blog, we hope to provide our readers with inspirational decorating ideas the entire family will love. Beautifully appoint your home for every holiday with our decorating tips and tricks.

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