The science of smell: what the nose knows.
Lavender is a very familiar scent, able to bring back memories, association with places, seasons, people and, as all scents, it is very powerful at setting a mood. The beautiful fragrance of cookies in the oven, the fresh aroma of the rain on the earth, the perfume your mother was wearing? They remain stored in our memory ready to trigger emotions, reactions, feelings.
There is a science beyond that: scents are transmitted directly from our nose to our limbic system (the centre for emotional responsiveness, memory formation and much more) and that is why they speak directly to our emotions before they get to our rational mind. Lavender has also components able to reach our neurotransmitters and induce the brain to quiet its activities and release feel-good hormones. This is why, in aromatherapy, lavender remains “the go to” fragrance to help reduce anxiety, stress, insomnia and restlessness. This sweet fragrance can do a lot to soothe the mind and it works for all ages: children, adults and elderly alike. You can use the fragrance to help you through a demanding day at work, or a long day of studying, or to unwind before to go to bed.
Here is a great article on the science of smell “What the nose knows” and the vast impact of smells in our everyday life and behaviours!