All it takes is one smell to bring back a thousand memories

The sense of smell is the strongest of the five senses and has the biggest influence on brain activity. All it takes is one smell to bring back a thousand memories.

The smell of suntan lotion transports you immediately back to happy holidays enjoyed with loved ones. The smell of a perfume long since forgotten can bring back memories of people and places in your past.

Fragrance also has the power to make us feel happier, more relaxed, less stressed and even more productive.

Citrus fragrances are well known mood boosters. They are associated with  summer sunshine and fresh air. Japanese researchers found that the smell of citrus helped to eliminate emotional stress and boost participants’ moods for up to thirty minutes. Light a Silver Candle Company Grapefruit, Sicilian Lime, St Lucia, Mandarin & Sandalwood or White Rose & Lemon candle to enjoy the mood-enhancing benefits of bergamot, grapefruit, lime, mandarin, orange or lemon. 

Lavender is another powerful fragrance. It is renowned for easing anxiety. A lavender scented candle may help calm your nerves. In a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, people exposed to a lavender scent experienced a higher reduction in anxiety and tension compared to those who didn’t inhale the scent. These participants also recovered more quickly from stressful situations.