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How scent is linked to our memories


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Scent is strongly linked to our memories. So much so, that when we catch a hint of a familiar aroma, it can transport us right back to a specific moment.

In this post, we'll explore how scent is linked to memory and share some tips on how you can use this knowledge to set the right mood and create a calm and relaxing atmosphere in your home.

The science of scent: how scents can affect your mood

When it comes to self care, sometimes the simplest thing can make the biggest difference, and that's certainly true of scent. Just a few whiffs of a calming fragrance can help you relax and unwind after a long day. And research shows that certain scents can even improve your mood and cognitive performance.

So how does it work? Well, our sense of smell is closely linked to the limbic system, which is the part of the brain that controls emotion and memory. This means that certain scents can trigger positive associations and memories, which in turn can boost our mood. In other words, our sense of smell is intimately linked to our emotional state.

Why scents can trigger calming memories

Usually when we think of fond memories, we feel happy and calm. Scent can trigger this reaction. For example, the smell of the sea-side might remind us of summer walks by the coast, whilst the aroma of freshly made pancakes might evoke memories of baking with Gran. The smell of fresh-cut grass might remind us of childhood summers playing outdoors with friends, and the scent of someone you love, for example a whiff of their signature perfume or cologne, can be an instant comfort to your heart. Scent really does have a profound effect on our mood and well-being.

but which scent should i choose?

For many of us, stress has become a part of life, but there are ways to manage this and even reduce it's effects. Certain scents can help to lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and make you feel more relaxed. Not sure which scents to try? Here are a few that are known for their stress-relieving properties:

Lavender is one of the most popular scents for relaxation. It's known to help with tension headaches, and can be used as a natural sleep aid. Light a lavender-scented candle in the evening, and you may be surprised at just how much of a difference a simple scent can make.

Chamomile, like lavender, has a calming effect that can help you wind down at the end of the day. It's also known to help reduce anxiety.

This citrusy scent of bergamot has a refreshing, uplifting quality that can help you feel more positive and less stressed. If you're feeling overwhelmed, try lighting a bergamot candle to enjoy whilst soaking in the bathtub.

So there we have it. Incorporating scents into your self-care routine really is a great way to help you relax and set the right mood, and by understanding how scents work, you can confidently choose candles to best suit your needs.

Whatever scents you do choose, be sure to enjoy them!