Cooking Up A Happy Home… Scents Matter!

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“Scents can have positive effects on mood, stress reduction, sleep enhancement, self-confidence, and physical and cognitive performance,” says Theresa Molnar, executive director of the Sense of Smell Institute.

I love walking through a front door and smelling something yummy. For me I like sweet scents. The smell of cookies baking in the oven, or a scent port that has a vanilla & coconut mix. Not everyone likes the same scents however. I have one friend who despises the smell of vanilla. So what may smell heavenly to me may turn the stomach of someone else. The key is finding the right mix for your own home because by becoming more aware of the way specific odors affect you personally, you may be able to enhance your health and well-being.

In the photo above I show orange peels, apple and cinnamon. I love tossing these into a pot with some water and letting it simmer away. The smell in the home is delightful and completely natural.

I have been reading about scents and did you know that an odor has no personal significance until it becomes connected to something that has meaning? With your initial encounter, you begin forming nerve connections that intertwine the smell with emotions. So next time you smell something and love it, try to think if you have a connection to it. Maybe a childhood memory may be the reason you love the smell of rain on a hot afternoon? Happy scent hunting for your home. Make sure to find a scent that makes you smile because scents do matter!

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