A smell can vividly transport you back to long forgotten memories. Research from the University of Toronto confirms that the memories triggered by smells tend to be clearer, more intense and more emotional than other kinds.
How does it work?
Smell receptor cells connect to the limbic system; the part of the brain responsible for mood, emotions and long-term memory.
A study from the University of Chicago demonstrated a link between a poor sense of smell and a higher risk of health problems like Parkinson’s disease and dementia. There are lots of reasons why your sense of smell might deteriorate, so talk to your GP if you’re concerned.
- Aromatherapy oil massaged into your skin can be detected in your blood just 5 minutes later
- Floral scents in the bedroom can result in more positive dreams
- Rose oil slows your breathing down and lowers blood pressure
- Lavender oil soothes the nervous system, improves sleep quality and enhances relaxation
- Rosemary oil improves speed and accuracy in puzzles, improves memory and lifts your mood
- Peppermint oil can help reduce digestive spasms and pain associated with IBS
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If you or someone you care for is struggling with their health, talk to our specialist carer support team. From occupational therapy assessments to financial assistance towards aids and adaptations, we can help make things a little easier.