Fragrances grab your attention. Consider how you feel when you smell the enticing aroma of freshly baked brownies or bread, the appealing scent of coffee brewing in the morning, or the scent of certain perfumes and colognes that suddenly stir up memories of the past. Aromas and fragrances affect us in a way that is both primitive and alluring.
Choosing a scent depends on several factors:
Your natural body scent;
The fragrance we want; and/or
The influence we want for ourselves or others!
What are the Emotional Effects I Want to Create?
You can create any emotional effect you want – calming, refreshing, romantic or joyful.
Below is a brief list of fragrances and their effects on emotions. Many of these aromatherapy fragrances have been used for centuries getting these same results.
Scents to Relieve Anger: Chamomile, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose.
Scents to Relieve Anxiety: Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh, Orange, Peach, Rose.
Scents to Increase Confidence: Frankincense, Jasmine.
Scents to Ease Depression: Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Orange, Rose Geranium, Tangerine.
Scents to Improve Memory: Bay Laurel, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon and Rosemary.
Scents to Ease Sorrow: Clary Sage, Rosemary and Sage.
Scents to Invigorate and Overcome Fatigue: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove Basil, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Sage and Spiced Apple.
Scents to Deal with Stress, Nervous Tension and Insomnia: Chamomile, Cinnamon, Cloves, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Orange, Rose, Vanilla.
Scents to Calm Irritability: Chamomile, Rose, and Rose Geranium.