Inner Fitness requires working all of the senses.
Get control of your moods by using your nose.

The connection between scent and mood is endemic to our species, but we are just beginning to scratch the surface of the intricacies behind this relationship, and also how we can use this interrelationship with our senses to improve our quality of life.

Through my years of research searching for innovative spa products that are on the leading edge of modern “holistic medicine”, I discovered an easy and effective new way to feel better in many areas of my life.  A powerful and “scentual” way to gain more clarity and stimulate my energy levels in ways like never before, and it has been right in front of my face the whole time… yep, it is by using my nose …as they say…”the nose really does know.” It is so incredibly wild how the power of scent can have such profound effects on our body, mind and spirit.

I have recently been incorporating an innovative line of emotive cosmetics into my self-care routine using a simple color-coded integrated system. This French company has taken the guess work out of aromatherapy and combines Olfactotherapy (Sense of Smell), Aromatherapy (Essential oils), and Chromotherapy, (the power of Color), into an all- in-one mind blowing system. After my first whiff and “scentual” experience using this beautiful hand-made organic product, all I can say is …Ooolala”, and “Wow!…”I am in love” with this delightful scentual healing modality to invigorate, to calm, to relax, to empower and to address many physical ailments naturally too.

This new wellness concept has completely changed the way I use my sense of smell. As someone who enjoys cooking and playing with fresh ingredients, tasting spices and herbs, and a person who enjoys inhaling the many scents that get released in the kitchen, I was easily attracted to the idea of aromatherapy, and very open to its power to effect our health on many levels.

Scent is the only sense that is directly connected to the limbic system, which is the most ancient and primitive part of our brain. It is considered to be the seat of our emotions.  “When we smell we feel”.

Many medical researchers are now using scents to alleviate pain, reduce insomnia and ward off the side effects of chemotherapy. Although no one in medicine claims that scent alone will cure the sick, conquer depression or guarantee perfect health, they are saying aromatherapy and the use of scent can play a powerful role in our sense of well-being.  In fact, there are studies which have shown that olfactory therapies can even help Alzheimer patients by inducing old memories through the power of scent.

Scents and Moods

Scents have been used for centuries for both pleasure and well-being. The ancient Egyptians kept aromatics around for medicine and as perfume stored in beautiful bottles, which have even been preserved in their tombs. The writings of ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Hebrews all mention medicinal and aromatic scents, and the majority of these ancient essences from thousands of years ago are still available today.

The science of the sense of smell, Aromachology, focuses on our perception of smells. It studies the interrelationship of psychology and fragrance technology and how they transmit a variety of specific feelings and enhance behavior through the olfactory experience.

Research seeks to establish the effects of aromas on human behavior by studying the olfactory system, which provides us with our sense of smell. The olfactory system is comprised of neurons called olfactory sensors, which recognize odor molecules and then send signals from different sensors. From there the signals reach the olfactory area of the cortex of our brain, the area of conscious thought.

The information then travels to the limbic system, which is the primitive part of the brain that that control emotions, memory and behavior. Memories of smells are stored in the hippocampus, and this is why through relational memory certain smells trigger certain memories.

Just the other day I opened an air freshner, in an apple cinnamon scent, this immediately triggered thoughts and emotions associated with Christmas and the warmth of a fire in the Autumn, as soon as I opened it… Aaahh….and so much nicer than the cat box.  🙂

Because olfactory information goes to both the primitive and complex parts of the brain it affects our actions in more ways than we think. The connections between odors and emotions have an obvious survival value for our species. The smell of good food is appealing, while the smell of rotten food is not.

We recognize either the “yuck” or the “Mmmm “attraction of smells, without even knowing what the actual source of the aroma is. Aromachologists use these emotional ties, as well as scientific studies to substantiate these effects of scents, when formulating aromas to foster moods.

Aromatherapists have long used essential oils for physical healing, emotional and mood balancing. Aromachologists focus on the ambient odors provided by essential oils, and combine these, as well as with other scents, to produce complex perfumes.

Aromas such as vanilla, bergamot and lavender have been found to produce a calming effect, while those in the citrus family and geranium are considered purifying. Vanilla, jasmine, rose and ylang-ylang are warming notes, while clary sage , cinnamon, and mint are known to stimulate alertness. Rose, jasmine, and ylang-ylang are thought to have libido properties, and spearmint, peppermint  and Rosemary are known to provide mental stimulation.

The combination of various scents to produce a particular fragrance is both an art and a science. The perfume industry is using research tools such as post-exposure questionnaires or motion-logger watches to substantiate claims that certain scents affect mood or enhance the quality of sleep.

Physiological changes in the brain associated with the sense of smell are being identified. Researchers are working on scents to alleviate anxiety, scents to aid in sustaining attention, improve interpersonal relationships, and those that may make repetitive or dull tasks more pleasant.

The connection between scent and mood is not only scientifically proven, but is becoming more understood by many mainstream consumers now, including myself. My experience with Altearah Bio essential oils has been nothing shy of “Aaaamaaazing!  Since the Joi concept is based on a multi-sensory approach to wellness, this beautiful and effective product provides the perfect “scentual’ compliment to our multi-dimensional approach to wellness and inner fitness.

We are grateful and excited to introduce Altearah Bio to mainstream as our signature line for Joi Center, and will be sharing more as we build the Joi network. Let us know what you think?

To learn more about this brand, visit Altearahbio.com or contact Caroline Sarda Founder, Starling Natural 572-8882 (775) Connect: Facebook | Instagram Twitter  WebStarlingNatural.com

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