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3 Scents That Will Boost Your Mood!

Updated on September 3, 2013

Scent That Will Boost Your Mood #1: Citrus!

The smells of lemon, orange, grapefruit, and mandarin have been linked to lower anxiety, reduced stress, and a positive effect on our emotions. This is possibly a result of the smell triggering the release of a mood effecting hormones such as norepinephrine. You might not have realized that adding a little citrus fruit or juice to your breakfast can perk you up in the morning as well as providing lots of important nutrients! Also, you can find citrus smells in lots of home and beauty products, such as body washes, perfumes, and cleaning sprays. Maybe that's why some of us find cleaning to be helpful when we are stressed out! Anyway, however you choose to get your dose of citrus, it's bound to make you happier. And next time life gives you lemons, well, try sniffing them!

Scent That Will Boost Your Mood #2: Lavender!

Lavender is a "super scent" if there ever was one. Not only has lavender been shown to improve mood, but it may also help to reduce anxiety, ease pain, increase arousal, promote relaxation, and even perform math calculations better! Although lavender has long been used as a remedy in alternative medicine, recent scientific studies by Charles Stuart University in Australia and the University of Miami have added to the mounting evidence that lavender's benefits are much more than just folklore! Check out this Psychology Today article, titled "Soothe Your Sense With Lavender" to learn more!

Scent That Will Boost Your Mood #3: Peppermint!

Peppermint effects your brain in a way that can boost your mood as well as increasing your alertness and motivation. So not only will you feel better, but you will also get more done! Some teachers have actually passed out peppermint candy to their students to help them to concentrate better. Keep in mind that it's the smell of peppermint that has the impact on your brain, not eating it, so you can still get the benefits without the extra calories and sugar of peppermint candies if you like. Another alternative to peppermint candy, is peppermint tea, or using peppermint massage or bath oils.


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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      I'v e discovered peppermint is really a mood lifter, really wakes you up, but it tends to be too strong for me. I find lavendar to be very effective at calming and soothing.