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We can enjoy the traditional smells of the holiday season naturally, or we can use therapeutic essential oils.
Whatever the fragrance source, since our sense of smell is directly wired into to our brain, the aromas we breathe in have a powerful effect on our nervous system, memory and mood.
Many traditional scents of the holiday season, such as pine, cinnamon and sweet orange, have the natural ability to stimulate the mind, lift our mood, and soothe away tension.
Although many people no longer bring fresh pine trees into the home for decoration, we can still enjoy the tangy, sharp and sweet scent of pine using essential oils. Not only will the scent of pine stir memories of winters or holidays past, it also benefits our mind and mood.
Here are a few mind-mood benefits of pine:
Pine may irritate the skin and mucous membranes of some individuals. If used topically, a small amount should be skin-tested first to determine sensitivity. If used topically on the elderly or small children, there is a possibility of hypertension. If you are pregnant or ill, consult your doctor before use.
The warm, spicy, semi-exotic scent of cinnamon reminds us not only of holidays past but also the food and drink we have enjoyed, such as hot mulled cider, warm cookies, sticky buns and pumpkin pie. Besides causing our mouth to water, cinnamon generates a mood.
Here are a few mind-mood benefits of cinnamon:
Cinnamon oil must be diluted if applied topically or it may burn the skin. A concentration of less than 1 percent in a carrier oil is suggested; spot-test for skin sensitivity. It should not be used with kids under 5 years of age. If you are ill or pregnant, check with your doctor before use.
The sweet, bright, citrus smell of sweet orange is welcome any time of the year and a perfect compliment to the other traditional scents of the holiday season. Orange combined with cinnamon creates a nose-warming blend that is both energizing and soothing.
Here are a few mind-mood benefits of sweet orange:
Orange oil can be photo-toxic, meaning that if used on the skin it may cause an unpleasant reaction in sunlight.
Source: Gentle World
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