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Nostalgia

Pumpkin Spice and Nostalgia

For many people, the beginning of autumn brings the nostalgia of happy memories and signifies that the holiday season is quickly approaching. Fall is the time of year when individuals come together to celebrate favorite holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. Whether it’s enjoying the beauty of autumn leaves or tailgating at your favorite football team’s game, fall activities offer something for everyone throughout the season.

Pumpkin Spice and Nostalgia


One of the most powerful ways to harness the fresh, anticipatory energy of fall and savor its delights is by using aromatherapy. Research has demonstrated the power of both nostalgia and aromatherapy to boost mood. For many people, fall is a time of year with many positive associations and holiday traditions, which be great for inducing positive nostalgia.

If you can identify an aromatic blend of essential oils that triggers pleasant past memories of the fall, you can actually enhance your experience of the season in the present—even if you can't do some of your favorite childhood autumn activities today.

MONQ's Pumpkin Spice blend takes care of finding this fall-themed, nostalgic essential oil blend for you. Pumpkin Spice features allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg, as its central scents. These aromas are all strongly associated with fall—from spending nights outside drinking apple cider to enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with family.

Other ingredients in the blend also reflect the delights of fall, including blood orange, cardamom, ginger, and vanilla. Taken together, the blend is a powerful reflection of what we all love about fall.

pumpkin spice and nostalgia Nostalgia Therapy


According to a study published in Cerebral Cortex, the brain establishes a powerful relationship between memories and scents. 1 Smells pass through the olfactory bulb, which is closely linked to the hippocampus and amygdala, regions of the brain that handle emotions and memory. This explains why particular scents can instantly whisk you away to a particular moment in time, often to childhood.

Scent-induced autobiographical memories generally occur via happenstance, when a certain odor passes by your nose and you suddenly catch a whiff. However, you can harness the power of scents to induce real-life emotional and physical reactions by inducing nostalgia through aromatherapy.

Nostalgia typically brings about calm feelings because of the memories it invokes, which can help individuals dealing with stress. 

So, when you can connect your favorite fall activities with a powerful aroma that reflects the season, you can actually activate powerful brain circuitry. This can improve mood, offer stress relief, and provide a range of other health benefits.

Final Thoughts


That’s right—by smelling pumpkin spice in the autumn or year-round, you can harness the powerful mood boost that this scent can create through nostalgia therapy. To bring the scent of autumn with you everywhere you go, try MONQ's Pumpkin Spice—now available as a Bottled Blend, and Blend POD Original diffuser, compatible with the MONQ R.

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