How To Smell and Feel Winter Wonderful
Christine Chen | My Body
Imagine if your personal scent in the winter could help bring more well-being and positivity into of your life during the year’s darkest days. Smells – both subtle and strong – can change your mood in an instant. Walk through a store doorway and catch the warm, comforting scent of cinnamon or pumpkin during the holidays – you’re likely to buy more if you feel great, and the stores know it (they’ve done the research).
Science tells us that our sense of smell is the only one directly connected to our brain, which means it affects the way we think. Some research shows smell can create immediate sexual attraction, while other studies show we’re able to detect a trillion distinct odors, any of which can shift our emotions right away and can even support our bodily systems.
The scent you choose to wear can be like seasonal eating – it’s appropriate for the natural rhythms of your life and can help your health. Winter-wise, that means boosting your defenses against challenging colds and symptoms of the season. One of the easiest ways we can access very specific, beneficial scents is through essential oils, readily available at organic markets everywhere.
Add a few drops of these oils to your morning or evening bath, or to your favorite, unscented moisturizer or body oil for a natural, organic appeal to others – or give yourself a bit of support for common winter ailments:
- Cinnamon or Clove – wonderful anti-oxidants to help your immunity stay strong
- Ylang Ylang and Orange – they act as anti-depressants for the holiday blues
- Pine, Rosemary and Eucalyptus – to clarify cold and flu symptoms like stuffy noses and head fogginess
- Grapefruit and Lemon – for a zing of freshness during the damp, moldy feeling of winter indoors
- Sandalwood and Myrrh – to ground your mind, relax, and help you meditate
Since we’re in smaller, indoor spaces during the winter, using a diffuser, like this one from Sharper Image, with essential oils can also help. Even if these scents are not actually on you, you’ll be enveloped in them – enough to feel their effects. Try the ylang ylang and orange combo, above, in a diffuser, to get rid of stale winter odors or perk up your attitude. For a pesky head cold, diffuse some eucalyptus and pine in your bedroom at night to breathe easier and rest well.
It only takes a few drops to make a difference for a wonderful-smelling, healthier, and happier winter.