(That’s just) com­mon scents How to smell your­self well!

Can you smell your way to well­ness? Turns out you can!

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - March Contents -

as senses go, smell might be the one we most take for granted. It’s just there, doin’ its thing. But what a thing! It has the power to evoke mem­o­ries of times, places and peo­ple – a hint of jas­mine might trans­port you in an in­stant to your child­hood gar­den; or fresh baked bread to your grandma’s kitchen and her wood-burn­ing stove.

Smells can com­fort, calm or en­er­gise. They can also alert you to dan­ger (what’s that burn­ing?), tell you milk is off, or even repulse you (think rot­ting garbage or catch­ing a whiff of an ex-for-a-rea­son’s af­ter­shave!)

Cer­tain smells – or scents – can even help you heal and boost over­all well­be­ing. Not sleep­ing well? There’s a scent for that. Need a mood boost? Gotcha cov­ered. Stress and anx­i­ety re­duc­tion, pain re­lief, clearer fo­cus and con­cen­tra­tion – scents can help cre­ate a mind-body re­ac­tion that re­ally works. In fact, smell is the only sense that has a di­rect con­nec­tion to the brain.

SMELL TO BE WELL

Widely known as aro­mather­apy, us­ing scents, specif­i­cally es­sen­tial oils, for well­ness is as old as dirt. Speak­ing of which, that fresh, earthy scent when new rain falls on dry ground? Di­vine! That smell ac­tu­ally has a name – ‘pet­ri­chor’ – from the Greek words mean­ing ‘stone’ and ‘fluid that flows in the veins of gods’. WHER­EVER, WHEN­EVER

You might typ­i­cally as­so­ciate aro­mather­apy with exy day spas, but you can ab­so­lutely DIY it and get all the ben­e­fits at home – or wher­ever you hap­pen to be – us­ing sim­ple tech­niques.

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Dif­fuse it. Pop sev­eral drops (5 to 9) of your cho­sen es­sen­tial oil in an elec­tronic dif­fuser filled with wa­ter. There are many dif­fer­ent styles and price points, but they all re­lease a mi­crofine vapour into the air. Place them wher­ever you spend time and need a lift. Check out por­ta­ble ver­sions for your car so you can dif­fuse on the move, too! 2

Reed dif­fusers (no power needed) work by slowly ab­sorb­ing the oil in a glass con­tainer through a thin,

straw-like reed, then re­leas­ing the scent into the air via evap­o­ra­tion. 3

Burn it. An oil warmer pow­ered by a tea light can­dle gen­tly releases fra­grance. See also, qual­ity aro­mather­apy can­dles in­fused with pure es­sen­tial oils. 4

Add sev­eral drops to your bath or shower re­cess, and breathe in. 5

Many com­pa­nies in­cor­po­rate es­sen­tial oils in their skincare, hair and make-up lines. Check out the lovely range at na­tio.com.au. 6 On the go, mini aro­mather­apy in­halers or rollers are also great. In a pinch, add a cou­ple of drops to a hanky, tis­sue or cot­ton ball and take a hit as needed! 7 Mas­sage at home. Add 6 to 10 drops to 30ml of a car­rier oil, such as jo­joba or al­mond, and put your partner to work.

Los­ing your sense of smell (hy­pos­mia) is usu­ally noth­ing to worry about. Com­mons colds and al­ler­gies can cause tem­po­rary loss. How­ever, if lack of abil­ity to dis­cern smells lingers, see your doc. It could be an in­di­ca­tion of a more se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

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