Why Certain Smells Make Us Happy, Sleepy Or Awake

  Kimono by  Kimono Belge , shot in Villa De Olmen (for sale at  ArchitectenWoning.be ) pics by Sofie De Pauw.

Kimono by Kimono Belge, shot in Villa De Olmen (for sale at ArchitectenWoning.be) pics by Sofie De Pauw.

Some fragrances evoke the past and hook you into a memory of a certain person, place or even situation. Positive or negative. Based on 'associative learning' it explains why certain smells may trigger certain feelings and emotions. And why it both can change and affect our mood.

Our smell is way more important than we think, but often overlooked because we rely so much on what we see and what we hear
But how amazing is it when just the slightest hint of perfume triggers a memory from years & miles away.
For me these smells transport me back in time;

    childhood summer vacations in the Provence
    my sisters when they were babies
    my dad’s fossil hunting at Cap Blanc Nez
    my grandmother’s living room
    the perfume my lover wore when we started dating




"I love it when my house smells good. It creates a certain vibe and makes me feel at ease."

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Learning which scent brings about the mood or feeling that you’re looking for, is something very personal. You have to try out different fragrances and test them.

Last week was Aromatherapy Week.
A great opportunity to get informed on how smells / essential oils can enhance our quality of life and relax or stimulate our minds and bodies. 
It's not only
about a certain smell, aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, .. 

Even as far back as Egyptian times essential oils were a thing. But the actual term ‘aromatherapy’ wasn’t coined until World War I when they found that certain oils had healing properties and could thus be used for a variety of applications (pain relief, mood enhancement,...)

Relaxing & Calming:  Chamomile, Jasmine, Patchouli, Lavender, Vanilla,.
Revitalizing, Refreshing & Sparkling:  Bergamot, Citrus, Ginger, Grapefruit, Rose,...

You can put a few drops of essential oil into a diffuser, light a scented candle or mix it with another substance like lotion to massage it into the skin. Oil your wrists, scalpel or full body after showering. 


I wonder, are you a fan of aromatherapy?
And if so, which scent is your favorite and how do you use it?
Let me know in the comments!


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