Autumn is a time of the year that you can literally smell coming. Once Fall hits, the air is filled with distinctive scents that can really create a sense of warmth. It is no wonder why many love the fall season as it is full of natural smells and flavors that can offer a multitude of aromatherapy benefits. Below, we will discuss some of the most distinctive fall scents and how they can be utilized in aromatherapy to enhance the benefits.
Top Fall Scents and Aromatherapy Benefits:
Pumpkin spice is typically one of the first scents that you are likely to note when thinking about the fall season. Whether it’s pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice lattes, many crave pumpkin scents as the months turn colder. Filling your home with a pumpkin scent can create a much more warm and inviting scent, effectively creating a peaceful and rich atmosphere. In addition to its welcoming tones, Pumpkin pie’s spicy aroma has been studied and shown to be an effective aphrodisiac for men.1
Cinnamon is another extremely common scent that you are likely to experience during the autumn season. Cinnamon offers a very sweet, yet spicy fragrance that cannot be missed. Its benefits can be seen in a variety of ways, including an ability to minimize drowsiness, irritability, and even helping with boosting concentration levels.2 Along with these positive effects, it has been shown to effectively help with relaxation by reducing stressful or nervous feelings. You are likely to experience the many benefits cinnamon has to offer through drinking and smelling cinnamon tea or even consuming cinnamon with seasonal favorites. Cinnamon oil can be effectively used within aromatherapy treatments and can be a great addition to your fall routine.
If you have ever thought the smell of pine cones is invigorating, there is a reason. Pine actually contains a specific component that can effectively stimulate a segment of the brain that can boost alertness levels. Along with boosting alertness, it has been known to provide uplifting sensations which can put you in a much better overall mood. Along with effectively putting one in a better mood, it can even help to relieve various aches and pains, thereby promoting better focus, memory, and a reduction in mental fatigue. Pine oil can be effectively utilized in an aromatherapy routine through the use of a diffuser, personal or otherwise, for its excellent benefits.
Another interesting yet offbeat scent that can be considered an autumn favorite would have to be ginger. After all, gingerbread is one of the essential desserts of the fall months. Typically, ginger is introduced by blending it with cinnamon. However, ginger alone can have many unique benefits. It is an excellent option to consider if you are looking for a scent that is invigorating and uplifting. Along with it being an effective energizer and mood booster, it has also been shown to be a natural aphrodisiac. Thus, when combined with pumpkin and cinnamon, it can be a very powerful aphrodisiac blend to consider.
There is a reason you likely love the smell of Chai tea, as it is full of Fall scents. One of these rich and delicious scents is clove. In addition to the warmth and richness it offers, clove has been known to help to stimulate the mind as well. Along with this, like many other fall scents, it is a natural mood booster. Because of this, clove oil is a particularly good option to consider when you are looking for aromatherapy oils to use during these drearier months. It is especially helpful when blended with other mood-boosting Fall scents.
Using Oils Effectively
When looking at the oils above as individual scents or in conjunction with other essential oils to create seasonal blends, it is important to note the specific oils you are using. For example, if you’re planning on playing with essential oils and making your own blends, you should be mindful of the strength of the oils that you use. Tea Tree has a strong scent, for example, as does cinnamon, and many of the spices such as ginger. While they’re all great oils, they can overpower the rest of the blend if you’re not careful.
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In mixing mints, fir, clove, vanilla or other oils with spicy ones, make sure that you use a bit more of those milder scents to achieve the best possible balance. Once you’ve found a blend you love, the next decision is how to use it. Room diffusers can work well for milder scents such as vanilla, sandalwood or fir, but the way that they release oils means that they can create quite overpowering scents when you use them with stronger oils.
If you’re after a blend to use as a pick-me-up, then you can infuse jewelry or handkerchiefs with it and inhale periodically throughout the day to give yourself a boost. Alternatively, if you’re after something that you can enjoy throughout the day at home, then using an electronic diffuser to slowly release your favorite oils can be a great choice. The right blend will make your home feel cozy, warm and welcoming, and really add to the feeling that the fall is finally here.
If creating your own blend seems too daunting or you are unsure of where to begin, MONQ offers a wide range of personal diffusers that allow for a pleasing balance of oils while offering the blend necessary to achieve the scent and feeling you desire. Check out the shop to view the different blends and to learn more about how the right scent could help usher you into the fall season!
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