Make Your Mood: 4 Ways Scent Can Help Create Happiness
Essential oils are now a common phrase wafting through the conversations of wellness lovers. But while aromatherapy has become trendy in freshening up our self-care routines and cleaning rituals, we’re not even close to unlocking their full potential.
It’s a pretty big deal that research by the International Journal of Science1 has proven aromatherapy scents can positively affect mood. For many of us, dabbling in essential oils has always been a matter of fun, but now we have substantial reason to work with them more intentionally.
When it comes to how to incorporate them into our routine, we’re looking no further than the Air Wick Essential Mist Aroma blends. Pop a desired scent into the Essential Mist Diffuser, and you can change the mood as well as freshen your space with wonderful fragrance made with natural essential oils.
Aromatherapy works because our sense of smell is powerful.
Has a whiff of someone’s perfume ever transported you back in time? Has the subtle scent of lavender ever made your entire body relax, like you just got a massage? The part of our brain responsible for smell — the olfactory bulb — is situated in close proximity to the anatomy of the brain responsible for memory and emotion (the amygdala and hippocampus). Neuroscientists theorize this may be why smells can trigger memories in a matter of seconds. Our sense of smell stimulates our brain, often even more so than sight2. Studies3 have confirmed that smells have the ability to affect cognition, mood, and even social interactions.
So we know that smell is powerful. The question is, have we harnessed this potential yet? For us, that looks like working with aromatherapy as a part of our wellness routine. Air Wick products make that accessible for al. It’s as simple as choosing the right Essential Mist Aroma, a line of curated fragrance blends with natural essential oils specially designed to help ease into happiness and sleep . Here’s how this new ritual can transform the mood and home spaces:
Diffuse uplifting scents like pineapple and wild mint in the morning.
The newest way to brighten your morning ritual: while you’re moseying through the kitchen to make your morning cup of tea or coffee, power on your Air Wick Essential Mist Diffuser. This diffuser is cordless, portable, and incredibly easy to use (so you won’t have to think too hard in the morning!). Help awaken the senses as the sun rises with the scent of Essential Mist Aroma Happiness. This mix of peach, pineapple, and wild mint is a fragrance experience that naturally uplifts. If we get our mood right in the morning, we’ll find ourselves more adaptable to whatever the day might bring.
Work with citrus and cardamom essential oils to rejuvenate your space.
Now more than ever we’ve realized the importance of maintaining a healthy work space. But we all know how easy it is to zone out on screen time and reach for caffeine at that 3 p.m. slump. To help reset a tired, foggy mind, diffuse an essential oil blend in your office or home work-space. With grapefruit, cardamom, bergamot, and ylang ylang, the Air Wick Essential Mist Aroma Rejuvenate blend works like a walk through nature—its refreshing scent is a breath of fresh air when the mind needs it most.
Wind down from your day with soothing aromas like jasmine and lotus blossom.
Sometimes it feels downright impossible to transition our headspace from the workday into whatever our after-hours look like. The secret is to ritualize that transition and diffusing a soothing aromatherapy blend in your living room is where you can start. Signal to your body that it’s time to wind down with grounding and pleasurable scents like jasmine, green tea, lotus blossom, and cedar, all components of the Air Wick Essential Mist Aroma Unwind blend. Pop this scent in your Air Wick diffuser, kick back, and allow yourself some space to change gears.
Get ready for sleep by diffusing a classic essential oil: lavender.
Lavender essential oils are a wonderful addition to your relaxing routine. The Air Wick Essential Mist Aroma Sleep blend pairs it with eucalyptus—these essential oils are known to help calm and relax. Simply pop in the Sleep blend and turn on your diffuser about an hour before bed to enjoy the relaxing scents. If sweet dreams and la-la-land had a smell, this would be it. Nothing’s better than nodding off to nature’s most relaxing aromas.
Why do essential oils belong in your wellness routine?
Because smell and memory go hand-in-hand. If we routinely diffuse a specific oil blend at the same time, in the same place, our mind will soon associate aromas with a desired mood state. Goal: just by smelling the Happiness blend in the morning, our mind will know it’s time to wake up. (Pavlov would be proud.) Essential oils are a powerful way to help manage the rollercoaster of the mind, earning the Air Wick Essential Mist Diffuser and Aroma blends a permanent spot in our wellness routine.
Devon Barrow is a Branded Content Editor at mindbodygreen. She received her degree from the University of Colorado. When she's away from her desk, Devon is teaching yoga, writing poetry, meditating, and traveling the world. She's based in Boulder, Colorado.
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