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3 Unpopular Ways to Bless Your Wellbeing with Aromatherapy

And no, oil massages and perfumes are not on the list.

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The quickest way to remember an experience is to associate it with a distinctive smell because the parts of the brain that process smell are also linked with emotion and memory.

The sensation of smell is the most powerful method to build a solid mental cue because the nasal passage is connected directly with the brain. The brain registers smell as a strong memory and does not need too much repetition to recall in future.

The aromatherapy technique utilises the same principle of quick response to smell in altering our mood.

Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils and scents to improve our well-being.

But today, I’m touching on a different version of aromatherapy, one that doesn’t require you to hire a professional.

It’s a time-saver, and if you practice it long enough, the benefits are so rewarding that you can’t imagine your life without them.

Here we go.

#1. Build strong memory.

I use the same room spray daily when I’m about to hit slumberland around 11 pm.

When I forget to use the room spray on a random day, I always sense something missing in my sleep ritual.

As soon as I infect my room again with the same smell that reminds me to sleep, the relation becomes so strong that even smelling the same freshener randomly makes me want to sleep.

This is how the association theory works. When you associate a particular experience with a specific outcome, the emotion associated with the process will take care of the quick-like-a-cat response.

#2. Quickly alter your mood according to your liking.

Since I’m an active person, I’m not a fan of scented candles because I can’t stay in my room for more than 20 minutes.

For a scented candle to show its magic, it should not be left unattended for at least an hour. With the time constraint of scented candles, I’ve found a better alternative for mood-altering aromas.

I mainly use it when I want to sleep. For example, I have two roll-ons that I apply before bed at pulse points that immediately reduce brain activity and induce me to sleep.

As I mentioned a room spray for nighttime, and I have a different one for the morning too. The fragrance energises my mind to tackle the day with a fresh mind.

Associate smell with specific activities and the practice soon becomes an automatic habit.

#3. Sparks joy in boring activities.

Have you heard of a product named “pre-poop spray”?

I didn’t until last year. Then I saw an Instagram Ad about how using a pre-poop spray can do wonders for your experience with long natural breaks while blessing your bathroom too.

The most practical purpose of this product is when you’re travelling, and hygiene unconsciously takes a back seat because of the compromise we need to make for the greater good of our group.

Using a pre-poop spray has turned the way I experience the pooping process. I spray them thrice — because three is my magic number — before I do my business, then scroll Instagram while doing my thang and then enjoy the aroma ( of spray ) after flushing.

After clearing the natural human waste, the pre-poop spray’s after-smell is so orgasmic that sometimes I want to eat a laxative so I can go poop again.

Closing thoughts

Aromatherapy is the easiest hack I’ve found to improve sleep quality that doesn’t require strenuous effort by going out of your way to experimenting with solutions that might not even work.

Chronic sleep issues will fix more efficiently with professional help, but if you struggle with low-quality sleep occasionally, aromatherapy is for you.

I’ve loved my sleep cycles for the last six months since I started using sleep-inducing smells to signal the brain to prepare for sleep.

Aromatherapy has a different fan base altogether.

Although essential oil massages and perfumes are the first things to pop into our heads when we think of the beautiful impact of smell on our brain, the three ways I mentioned today are more towards blessing various aspects of our day-to-day lives without external help.

Here is a recap for your memory:

  1. Aromatherapy builds solid memories with the feature of association theory.
  2. Aromatherapy alters your mood anytime you want by easing you to wind down or energise.
  3. Aromatherapy makes even the most boring job so enjoyable that you’ll want to do it for the sake of the addictive, beautiful and irresistible smell.

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Sanjeev is a mentor, writer, and fitness enthusiast from India. He writes about lifelong learning, personal growth, and positive psychology. When he’s not engaging with students in solving their doubts or busy writing, he’s sweating either in a workout, vlogging, or playing with his cat, Jim. You can also find him on Instagram and Twitter.

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Writer • Mentor • Recovering Shopaholic • IITR 2019 • ✍🏼 Personal Growth, Positive Psychology & Lifelong Learning• IG: sanjeevai • List: sanjeevai.ck.page