How Comforting Scents Can Connect Us Emotionally
By Caryn Gehlmann, Clinical Aromatherapist
As we transition from one year to the next, we’re reflecting on the important things in life. For us here at e3, the answer is YOU. It’s the people in our lives, and the emotional connections we’ve made throughout the year. So we want to thank all e3 customers for your loyal support, your friendship, and for sharing with us how aromatherapy has helped bring you moments of calm and comfort. We delight in providing you with education on which essential oils to use and safe, appropriate application methods based on your individual needs. But even more so, we want to help you use comforting scents to support your emotional wellness.
This is why our focus for 2023 is Scents of Comfort. We’ll be including more information about how e3 essential oils and products may help soothe, calm, and comfort you during distressful times. Aromatherapy can be such a healthy, positive, and proactive way to find comfort.
That leads to the question for this month’s Q&A with Caryn from Jean — “How can aromatherapy help support my emotional wellness?”
Scents send signals to our limbic system, the part of our brain that controls memory and emotion. When we smell something our limbic system interprets the emotional significance of an aroma. This explains why an essential oil can trigger a behavioral response in our body and why certain aromas put us on guard, while others calm us down. The research on the power of scent to trigger deep emotional feelings is fascinating. Certain smells have been proven to lower stress levels and improve mood.
But which scents are comforting? Well, remember, each of us is special and unique so there is not a one-size-fits-all essential oil or blend. Listen to your body in the moment. You’re looking for an essential oil or blend that brings a nice deep “Ahhhhh” — this is the physical and emotional response you’re looking for. Take a look at e3’s sample policy if you want to experiment and find the most comforting scent for you. Sometimes it takes a little time and effort to find the perfect one, but it’s worth it!
If you are looking for a gift for yourself or one of your loved ones to help soothe, calm, and comfort here are some of our recommendations. Relax Massage Lotion, The Little Comfort Heart Pillow, Breathe Easy Shower Mist, and more. We are planning on releasing even more products with the “Scents of Comfort” theme in the coming months so keep on the lookout. Each month during 2023, you’ll find one of our special aromatherapy products on sale.
Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping to make our e3 community a place where we can find reliable answers and moments of comfort. Please continue sharing your feedback with us, we’re listening. And if you haven’t already done so, sign-up for our newsletter to continue getting aromatherapy tips you can use and a 20% off coupon on your next order.