Monday, February 17, 2014

Home scents that enhance alertness

Visual elements are often the main focus for home design, however, interior decorating should be a feast for all the senses. Different smells evoke various reactions and can even influence mood. Here are three natural scents to help keep you focused and alert...

An essential to most people’s breakfasts, the coffee drink has a distinctive aroma that can wake you up with just its smell. Unsurprisingly, it is also the go-to drink for the sleep-deprived to get through everyday work and accomplish tasks.

Coffee

An essential to most people’s breakfast, coffee has a distinctive aroma that can wake you up with just its smell. Unsurprisingly, it is also the go-to drink for the sleep-deprived to get through everyday tasks. The coffee smell enhances alertness, focus and performance in task-oriented activities. Aside from this, it also provides a warm and cozy atmosphere akin to cafes. If you’re a coffee drinker, having a fresh pot of coffee in your kitchen or office can be a quick pick-me-up, whether as a drink or to smell. Alternatively, there are also aromatherapy oils with coffee scents you may use at home. 

Peppermint

Peppermint is another scent that can help you stay alert and focused. An associate professor of psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University, Bryan Raudenbush and his research team, have found that the smell of peppermint can help in accomplishing tedious physical activities such as exercising. Consider working out near a herb garden with peppermint plants, and you may just get enhanced performance and an invigorating workout from it. Moreover, mint is usually used by quitting smokers to stave off the craving for cigarettes. The peppermint smell works in the same way and can help quitting smokers when implemented around the home. 

Sage and rosem

Herbs such as sage and rosemary also provide alertness. In particular, these two herbs enhance the memory. Consider keeping an indoor herb garden in your kitchen to incorporate these smells in your home. An indoor herb garden can also provide easy access to fresh herbs for your cooking needs. 


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