Aromatherapy Scents That Are Good for Your Mental Health

12468070_sAromatherapy Scents That Are Good for Your Mental Health might not be a subject you expect to read about from a Chef, but think about it, a chef is all about the smells that come with a recipe. The food we create must past below the nose before we eat it. So I do dabble with aromatherapy a little and I’ll share this with you today. Ah the mysterious secret life of a chef when he’s not in the kitchen.

 Aromatherapy has long been touted as a beneficial therapy for physical conditions.  But it can also be good for your mental health as well.  Extracting the scented oils from various plants, aromatherapy products permeate your body and mind to offer relaxing, healthful benefits that last. The mental health is the part that I am most interested in, as I tend to read a lot, write a lot and in other ways continually challenge my brain to work, thus I also want to have ways to help my mind relax.

Cinnamon and orange are scents that help our energy levels and boost our moods.  You might notice whenever you chew a piece of cinnamon gum or eat something citrus-based that it perks you up a bit.  Use these in aromatherapy and you’ll have more than a 1-minute boost that chewing gum offers.

Bergamot and jasmine are other excellent choices to lift a gloomy mood.  They work by minimizing anxious feelings that can control your mind and thought.  When you allow these thoughts to take charge of your life, depression can take root. Bergamot is an aromatic oil found in the peels of bergamot oranges.

These scents can have a calming effect on your body, which will relax your mind and alleviate depression symptoms.  By combining some of these scents, you can eliminate irritable feelings that bring you down and achieve a more positive outlook on a consistent basis. Herbal teas are a great way to add these scents without anyone knowing you are drinking it for the Aromatherapy effect.

Chamomile and Ylang Ylang are two more stress-relieving scents you can use in                 aromatherapy.  If you work in a stressful environment, you may want to have these two scents on hand for whenever chaos erupts and you need a quick calming effect. Ylang ylang  is perhaps one of the most effective aromatherapy treatments used to relax the mind and comes from the flower of a tropical tree native to Asia.

Is your office area in desperate need of a boost in productivity?  You might want to slip

Aromatheraphy scents of the kitchen

Aromatheraphy scents of the kitchen

in some aromatherapy based on Neroli and Nutmeg – two scents that help reduce stress and increase productivity. Neroli is the name given to the oil extracted  from the fragrant white flower blossoms of bitter orange trees. We all could use a little productivity boost in the office now and again. This morning being one of those times for me, The tea just has not kicked in yet.

Chamomile, Lavender and Petitgrain are scents that can be used to help treat insomnia. Insomnia, or the inability to sleep, can cause extreme irritability and even lead to physical health issues.  These scents are known for their sedating abilities, which can result in a good night’s sleep. Petitgrain is an essential oil extracted from the leaves and green twigs of the bitter orange plant. In fact, the bitter orange oil plays a large roll in  Aromatherapy Scents.

Keep track of how different scents affect your mood and mindset and then use them around the house or in the office as needed.  You can even find aromatherapy products for the car if you find driving on busy highways results in irritability or anxiety. In fact, if you visit a car wash, you might notice that Ylang Ylang is one of the scents they offer you on those little cards when you pay for the car wash.

There is much to be learned by reading a little about aromatherapy scents so take a moment and find one that you like and put it next to your computer and watch your productivity increase.

If you would like to learn about using herbs in your kitchen, my kindle book Herbs In The Kitchen is available at: http://chefwilliamlikes.me/The Herb Book

This books contain information on herbs as well as some recipes to introduce you to some you may have not been using. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did when I was testing the recipes for the book.

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10 Responses to Aromatherapy Scents That Are Good for Your Mental Health

  1. Elizabeth
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    Love this take from a chef’s point of.view
    So true that our environment can be positively impacted by the aromas around us. It’s one of the reasons I love the Epcot ride Flight. They spray the air with orange scent as you “fly” over orange groves. I have always said I wish I could have that ride at home. Super relaxing. Thanks!
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  2. It’s one of the reasons why a tasty, aromatic meal makes us feel so fulfilled.

    Great post, William.
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  3. This is such a great article, very interesting to know which scents are beneficial to your mental health.
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  4. Carol Tomany
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    The small of food always makes me feel good. Thank you for the list
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  5. What a wonderful blog William, I think smell is one of the most evocative of all of the senses, well at least it is to me. The smell of food ignites the taste buds and fills us with a sense of happiness and well-being. Thanks so much for such a fab insight.
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