can learn a lot about life by spending a little time in a dog park. That’s
right, the canine chaos can actually teach us a thing or two about social
interaction. For example, there is no beating around the proverbial bush; when dogs don’t like what other pups are putting down, they’ll let them
know by showing some teeth and perhaps a little growl. Straight up behaviours are the norm, without any
passive aggressive communication or lack thereof.
Another lesson we can learn from dogs is how important scent is. The first thing they do when they come across something or someone is sniff. From food to garbage, to people and puppies, smell is their go-to sense to sort things out. We could learn a lot from the way dogs use their noses, because smell is just as important to humans. We grossly underestimate how much you can learn about someone by how they smell. The connection between scent and attraction has been studied extensively. And, the power that different fragrances have on our bodies and minds is also another area of research that has generated a lot of significant findings. Yes, many aromas have hidden health benefits. Here are the most important scents when it comes to wellness.
One of the most delicious fragrances out there, vanilla is a common ingredient in many high-end perfumes on the market. But it’s not just sweet smelling; it is actually one of the most powerful scents when it comes to its effects on the body. First, it is a powerful antioxidant, helping to repair and prevent free radical damage – even reducing the risk of certain forms of cancer. Next, vanilla is also an effective aphrodisiac! The aroma can stimulate production of hormones that help low libido and erectile dysfunction. And that’s not all – vanilla can also help combat depression and anxiety, and has been known to be an extremely effective sedative.
Another edible aroma that has amazing affects on the body is citrus. Research suggests that smells of fruits like grapefruit, lemon and even orange have major health advantages. All of the aforementioned have calming properties that have been shown to reduce anxiety, reduce stress and boost mood. Furthermore, fruit fragrances are proven to improve cognitive performance and improve memory. Grapefruit is helpful when it comes to weight management; containing properties that help with suppressing appetite and reducing food cravings. Mandarin, on the other hand, is said to possess the power to aid digestion, to help reduce nausea, and to ease upset stomach. As for lemon – it is shown to have incredible antiseptic, antibacterial and immune boosting properties.
Most are already well versed in the relaxation benefits of lavender. Yes, it has been proven to be one of the most effective aromas when it comes to calming the nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety and battling insomnia, but lavender isn’t just a one trick fragrance. The popular perfume is known for many other helpful health benefits. For example, it is an effective bug repellant and can also help soothe bug bites thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender also has antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial elements that make it a common treatment for skin conditions like acne and psoriasis, as well as scalp conditions such as hair-loss and lice. Lastly, lavender is an excellent muscle relaxant, and has been shown to help reduce muscle and joint pain.
Enjoy your evening, and don't forget to stop and smell the roses (and everything else)!