I’d like to let you in on a little secret...
Our ability to smell is our most underrated superpower.
Not only do scents do things like make our mouth water and our food taste delicious, but they’re also connected to the parts of our brain dedicated to learning and memory.
What this means is that we can actually use scent to help us learn and remember.
How cool is that?
We seem to take this superpower for granted (usually paying more attention to sight or touch, for example), but since starting this home fragrance journey, I’ve discovered three ways to intentionally use scent throughout our days to harness that superpower.
Scent To Re-Center
I tend to fill up my days with to-do lists, errands, obligations, and suddenly my I’ve lost sight of the values I hold dear like gratitude, choosing joy, remembering my worth, knowing I am capable. Before I know it, I’m cranky, flustered, and overwhelmed.
Scent To Focus
Fragrance can also set the scene for special times of focus. In the same way that you might have a playlist for cleaning your house, I have a work candle. Every morning, I pour myself a cup of coffee, walk to my workspace, and light my candle. It prepares all of my senses for the tasks before me and helps to block out any distractions.
Scent To Learn (even in your sleep!)
Because both scent and sleep are used to establish memories, there are some really cool studies that show that by choosing a particular scent while you’re learning something new, then using the same scent while you sleep, you can better recall the information when around that scent again.
The key to this superpower is to use it with purpose and intention. Think about the scents that motivate you, focus you, ground you, inspire you and use them throughout days and seasons when you need them.
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