Smell is closely related to our memories and actions. When our noses pick up a scent, it is immediately sent to the brain for processing.
When we recognise a scent, it gets sent to two important parts of the brain; the olfactory bulb identifies what the smell is and the thalamus tells us what to do. For example, when we smell smoke, we know that it may mean danger and to get out.
Following this, what we smell can have a strong effect on our productivity levels. If you’re a coffee lover, the simple smell of freshly ground beans may perk you up. If you need an extra boost however, there are other aromas that can help boost productivity and motivation levels.
Scented candles only produce subtle scents – while they are not overpowering, they can still have a positive effect on our mind.
Peppermint or cinnamon for new ideas
If you are feeling uninspired and stuck for new ideas, a peppermint or cinnamon scented candle can stimulate your senses. Research has found that these aromas help boost alertness and memory levels.
Need to stay awake? Choose orange or lemon
We can all fall victim to the afternoon slump, but this can get rather frustrating when it happens on a daily basis and you have work to do. Choose an orange or lemon-scented candle to tackle this decrease in energy. Keep it lit for about 30 minutes to let the scent take effect.
To calm nerves, choose jasmine
If you need to calm down before a presentation or interview, opt for a jasmine-scented candle. This aroma is known to calm nerves, improve confidence levels, boost optimism and improve hand-eye coordination.
Rosemary for improved focus
Monday is always a tough day at work without the pressure of a deadline. Make sure you complete everything on your to-do list by lighting a rosemary-scented candle. This aroma is thought to boost memory, relieve headaches and indigestion. The scent of rosemary is most effective when used in the morning.