When you walk into a bakery how does it make feel? What about a floral shop or a farmers market? If you are like most people, these places give you a sense of pleasure and happiness. Why is that? It is because of the scents you smell at these places. The smells of warm baked goods, fresh produce and aromatic flowers create feelings of wellbeing. Smells are powerful and can help set the mood in your home or office.
Think of your day, what scents did you breathe in and how they made you feel. If you entered a place with a sour or unpleasant scent you probably became irritable and could not wait to leave. However, if you were in a place where the aroma was pleasant and welcoming you probably were more relaxed and comfortable.
The smell of our homes and offices can help the set the mood for those who live and work there. By using essential oils you can create a wide variety of mood enhancing scents to help people feel more comfortable. So what type of scent do you want to use in each room?
First of all, you do not need to use a scent in each room. In fact, you will want to keep the scents minor and not overbearing. Too much of a fragrance can cause people to feel sick and create the opposite effect you want.
To use oils effectively, put them in an oil diffuser or sprinkle some over potpourri. You can even put a drop on a cotton ball and tuck into areas around the room. If you are using pure therapeutic grade oils then a drop is all you need. They are very powerful and a little goes a long way!
For a fresh, clean scent use citrus oils such as orange or lemon. These are great to use in the kitchen and dining areas because they are so crisp and fresh smelling. They are also wonderful summer scents. Citrus scents are invigorating and giving people a happy boost of energy. This is a great way to chase away the sluggish feeling you feel after a long day of work or school.
Lavender is a great relaxing scent and is perfect to use in the bedroom. Rub a little lavender essential oil on your hands and then smooth it on your pillow case. You will have sweet dreams all night long. The scent of lavender has long been used as a sleep aid and the scent can create a feeling of peace and serenity.
If you want to create the homey smells of the holidays you should use cinnamon and clove oils in the entry way. Visitors will have a feeling of warmth as they enter your home because of the delicious smell. What a great way to welcome people to visit.
Essential oils are a great way to create the mood you want. Once you have tried them, you will not go back to candles and spray air freshener again!