The sounds of birdsong and the crashing of waves often evoke a sense of tranquillity. The sight of a meadow or being in remote woodlands brings us a sense of peace. But how do you access these wonderful feelings if you don’t have the luxury of living close to nature?
Fortunately, our sense of smell is here to help. The right scent can evoke memories of particular places and people, bring out our inner-most desires, create calmness and open up your mind. These remarkable properties mean that scents are perfect companions for meditation, inspiring magic and the process of healing.
Here is a guide to scents popularly used for those seeking spiritual guidance or relief:
Those with ill health should consider having cinnamon in their home. The aroma from its mere presence can lift the wellbeing of those who are poorly, as it dispels the negative energy that has been created by the illness. It is said that this spice can improve circulation, help with headaches, improve digestion and ease aches and pains.
With the ability to reduce insomnia and hypertension, orange is a perfect scent for those who are kept awake at night by worries and anxiety. It is also an aphrodisiac and boosts immunity.
Another scent associated with lust and yearning, patchouli is seductive and potent. Those suffering from a loss of libido or sexual anxiety will find this scent particularly useful. Patchouli can also relax the body and the mind, reducing signs of insomnia and help gain a restful night’s sleep.
This scent is often associated with cleanliness and a sense of renewal. It is perfect for those who are looking to ‘de-clutter’ their mind and reduce stress levels, as pine is said to provide mental clarity and relieve anxiety. This perfume can also stimulate metabolism and increase appetite.
Incredibly feminine in its aroma, rose is wonderful for those who need a bit of help in the area of love. Not surprisingly, it is considered an aphrodisiac. It is said that a reading or divination will give more clarity on matters of the heart if rose oil or rose incense is used. Those suffering from stress or grief will also benefit from the aroma of rose oil.
Saffron is best known for its ability to enhance any type of psychic work such as divination, dreams and channelling. It can also improve symptoms associated with insomnia and depression by soothing the mind.
One of the most popular scents, sandalwood stimulates an area of the brain that relaxes the nervous system. This property makes sandalwood a great remedy for calming nervous souls. It is said that this aroma can also deflect negativity from your home, help with meditation and provide a better night’s sleep.
What’s your favourite scent?