03 Dec Evoke Memories with Fragrant Organic Sugar Scrubs
Some people tell us that using our hand and body sugar scrubs not only leaves their skin feeling smooth and healthy, it is an experience they look forward to because they love the smell of our organic sugar scrubs.
Your sense of smell – and the sense of smell of everyone on your gift list this holiday season – is closely linked with memory. Scientists have discovered that the two are directly linked in our brains. That’s the reason why certain smells – whether it’s the warm scent of your mom’s Christmas cookies baking in the oven or the rich aroma of your grandma’s turkey soup simmering on the stove – trigger such a strong emotional response in us.
Katherine Frizoni, the skincare research and development manager for Dove, told The Telegraph, “Our sense of smell is the most evocative sense but it is often overlooked because we rely so much on what we see and what we hear.”
The Nose Knows
The sense of smell is also closely associated with the area of the brain linked to emotion, which is why those memories of your grandmother’s kitchen are so poignant. “When inhaled, the scent molecules in essential oils travel from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain and especially impact the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain,” Harpreet Gujral, program director of integrative medicine at Sibley Memorial Hospital, says in an article posted on HopkinsMedicine.org.
Aromatherapy, which is the use of fragrant essential oils for therapeutic purposes, puts the power of your sense of smell to work by triggering some of those emotions. Aromatherapy has been around for hundreds of years. Different scents, of course, evoke different reactions in our brains and in our emotions. Over time, we have learned which scents can be used to good purpose.
For example, the high-quality lavender essential oil used in Lavender Hand & Body Sugar Scrub available in Sweet Melissa’s Sugar Scrub Store is associated with stress relief and relaxation. And with the holiday season upon us, who couldn’t use a little stress relief?!