Is there anything better than stumbling upon a particular scent and being instantly transported into a sweet memory, one you haven’t thought of in ages? There’s actually been extensive research into the connection between our sense of smell and our memory, and its strong effects on the way we feel. One of the primary reasons for the connection is that the olfactory bulb, which processes smells, is directly connected to our amygdala and hippocampus. The amygdala and the hippocampus are two primal areas of the brain that regulate our emotions, mood, and memories.1
Aromatherapy and Memories
Unsurprisingly, aromatherapy has an incredible capacity to shift our mood. Of course, not every smell we come in contact with triggers positive memories. The intensity of emotion that can arise when a smell reminds us of traumatic events can be overwhelming.2 That’s why seeking out positive nostalgia is so important— it gives us options when dealing with emotional curveballs. When we cultivate the ability to transport ourselves into soothing, relaxing, and revitalizing memories through our sense of smell, we make it possible to shift our emotional state.
As we all experience the change of seasons from summer into fall, a new set of traditions, customs, and flavors fill the mind. As leaves litter the sidewalks and we unpack our sweaters and coats, sweet memories of starting the school year, collecting treats on Halloween, or feeling deep gratitude around the Thanksgiving table can energize us and renew our focus on what’s most important in our lives. If you’re someone who simply loves the fall and all that comes along with it, aromatherapy is a great way to tap into the power and strength available to you as you enter the season. The right combination of scents has the potential to instantly ease your mind and remind you of the comfort the memories of fall can bring.
A variety of powerful scents that conjure the memory of fall. Cinnamon is one of the most popular, a versatile aroma that has powerful emotional and physical healing effects. It settles irritated digestive systems by boosting our ability to metabolize sugars in a healthy and balanced way.3 It’s also one of the key ingredients in autumn delights that may have filled your stomach in season’s past. Nutmeg is another powerful fall scent that is native to India. Now a staple in American pastries and desserts, its potent smell can stimulate energy and a deep sense of sweetness. If your mother’s apple crisp sends you right back to heaven, keep a nutmeg and cinnamon blend handy. It might be just what you need to stay at peace during the stress fall can occasionally bring.
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Other powerful scents that instantly bring you deep into fall nostalgia include nutmeg, cassia, and blood orange. The MONQ Pumpkin Spice and Autumn bottled blend contain many other essential oils that reflect and magnify the feelings and memories that symbolize fall. Engage your curiosity and sense of adventure as you set out to discover the right smells for you. Only time and experimentation will reveal the precise blend that will support you best during this potent time. Here’s to creating a whole new set of great memories this fall–with the support of the right essential oils every step of the way!
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