Aromatherapy is an alternative healing process that uses natural oils mixed with other substances that are inhaled or applied to the skin. These oils, which are extracted from natural sources such as flowers, leaves, roots, are said to enhance emotional and physical well being. Experts believe when inhaled, the smell receptors in your nose stimulate parts of the brain that store emotions and memories, and influence physical, emotional and mental health.
The fragrances released from these oils have different effects depending on their mix of ingredients. For an author, scents that calm the mind, increase concentration, and enhance creativity are useful to improve overall performance of writing. Let us look at some of the scents and their qualities.
Lavender is the perfect scent when you want to calm the body and mind. It almost has an instant effect. It has properties that help reduce anxiety by soothing the nerves, and easing tension. It is used to help relieve headaches.
Vanilla scent has the most relaxing effect, to the extent that it is used to relax patients undergoing medical tests. The calming effect of vanilla reduces anxiety, and also induces restful sleep.
It stimulates the brain to improve concentration and your working memory. The sweet scent helps fight mental fatigue, and boosts your brain power. Inhaling cinnamon improves the memory functions, and increases your attention span.
An energy booster, this scent rejuvenates the mind, causing it to perform better by promoting concentration. It stimulates clear thinking and improves memory making it useful when building ideas for writing.
The sharp crisp scent of Eucalyptus stimulates the brain leading to mental clarity, enthusiasm, and alleviates mental fatigue. The scent leads you into deeper reflection, which is a good aid for writers seeking a new level of creativity.
This scent helps keep you alert and focused, while maintaining a steady flow of creativity. It is uplifting, relaxing, and helps the mind to discover new ideas, and ways of thinking by stimulating your senses or thought.
Aromatherapy is a simple natural process with great benefits to authors because of their stimulating effects, as well as their relaxing properties on the mind and body. Writers experience fatigue and mental block in the course of their work. During these times, they need extra help to achieve results. Aromatherapy, with its unique properties, provides this help by increasing performance, and promoting creativity which is vital for an Author’s success.