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Aromatherapy can help change your mood and set the tone in your home. It is an ancient form of alternative medicine that has evolved over the years and is still proving itself useful today. Aromatherapy involves using the essential oils of over 500 different plants, each of which have specific and often multiple uses for both physical and emotional ailments.

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Through the sense of smell, essential oils stimulate olfactory receptor cells, which then transmit an impulse to a specific part of the brain known as the limbic system.The limbic system is connected to memory, so specific emotions can be triggered by one smell. For example, the aroma of a freshly baked apple pie might bring back happy childhood memories.

But most importantly, the limbic system is connected to blood circulation and endocrine glands (responsible for regulating hormone levels), which is why aromatherapy can be beneficial to your health.

Here are the other aromatherapy scents you might want to consider adding into your day or night:

o Bergamot: A great antiseptic, it’s good for helping with acne caused by bacteria, and common skin irritations.

o Clary Sage: Is used for it’s relaxing benefits. It helps to relieve stress and bring emotional balance.

o Chamomile: Relaxes the mind and body, and reduces skin inflammations.

o Eucalyptus: Stimulates the mind helping to improve concentration. Also used as an antiseptic as well as nasal and lung decongestant.

o Geranium: Has calming and relaxing benefits. Is also used as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, helping with skin problems.

o Lavender: Due to it’s relaxing and tension relieving benefits, its used to relieve stress, anxiety and headaches.

o Lemon: Commonly used as an astringent and antiseptic. It helps with sore throats, and digestion issues.

o Peppermint: A good antibacterial, decongestant and muscle relaxer.

o Ylang Ylang: Used as an anti-depressant, relieves tentsion and fights bacteria, making it a good choice for acne.

Essential oils are highly concentrated and potent chemicals that can be harmful if handled incorrectly.  Taking the time to familiarize yourself with the compounds and their properties before using them will ensure your safety.

Hopefully this will shed some light on the sense of scents.

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