Right from the time of the ancient Egyptians; starting from the sensuous Cleopatra to the audacious Julius Caesar, all of them used perfumes, balms and oils. They recognized the power of aroma that these fragrances carried and how they affected the physiology and mood of a person.
Smelling a delightful aroma is a very pleasurable experience. But how do we react when we smell something foul? Doesn’t our mood automatically alter? A research work proves that a pleasing aroma emanates reactions ranging from happiness, stimulation, relaxation and sensuality. Read further to know what effects do different kinds of perfume aromas have on our mood and physiology.
Romantic Rose: Roses are a marker of love and romance. A rather feminine fragrance, the rose often has its affinity to the womb. With a beautiful floral scent, it helps bring in harmony and balance. The scent of rose goes straight to the heart and opens up a new energy in that area. Moreover, it’s known to relieve stress and seeks to calm irritability.
Intoxicating Jasmine: Described as heavenly, exotic, sensuous, narcotic and the “King of essences”, the aroma of jasmine is known to lift the spirits and relaxing the mind. It also breaks down emotional barriers and therefore, encouraging intimacy. Long considered to be an aphrodisiac, it furthers full sexual expression by clearing all problems at the mental level.
Zesty Lemon: This aroma promotes concentration and has clarifying properties. It provides added energy to the mind and body. Improving memory and fighting depression, this citrus fruit’s aroma helps in invigorating the mind and overcoming fatigue. It also eases out nervous tension.
Heavenly Sandalwood: According to mythology, Sandalwood originally grew only in the gardens of heaven. Sandalwood also has an age-old reputation as an aphrodisiac, and in fact, its fragrance is similar to the human pheromone, alpha androsterole. The balsamic fragrance helps reduce depression, promote sensitivity, wisdom, insight, harmony, peace, serenity and unity.
Stimulating Peppermint: A hybrid of water mint and spearmint, the peppermint plant is native to the Mediterranean but is now cultivated in other parts of the world as well. Peppermint is an energy booster; one could use it while deliberating! It promotes concentration and stimulates clear-thinking.
Lovely Lavender: The beautiful purple hued flowering shrub eases headaches and relieves stress. It also deals with alleviating nervous tension and insomnia. The medicinal properties of lavender are known to relieve anxiety to a certain extent. The calming properties help in controlling emotional stress.
Consider choosing the type of fragrance you would like to purchase next time while shopping, depending on your need or how you would like to change your mood.