Aromatic molecules mean serious business. Not only do they impact our physical goals (for example, if your goal is to lose weight – grapefruit helps detoxify and curb food cravings), but they influence our mood and motivation levels and thus, our mindset. Essential oils and their pleasant aroma ignite the unconscious brain, aiding it in creating positive changes. The best part is we can recreate this state of mind every time we take a whiff because scent memory is so powerful.
What is Scent Memory?
There’s a reason inhaling Rosemary while studying and test taking improves test scores in students. Yes, the chemicals in Rosemary improve cognition. However, there’s more to it. The sense of smell is one of the strongest links to our memory. When we intentionally smell Rosemary while studying and then when test taking – the mind recalls what it learned/experienced the last time it smelled Rosemary. Hence, the better tests scores in our example. This is Scent Memory. Similarly you might smell a perfume that reminds you of a time you spent your grandmother when you were little. Scent memory is very powerful!