Have you tried to buy yeast or flour lately?
They’re almost IMPOSSIBLE to get, and the headlines show why. People are baking as a way of getting through the anxiety of quarantines.
Supposedly the simple comforts of home cooking are helping people to de-stress.
But I don’t think it’s the ACT of baking.
And it’s not the eating.
It’s the SMELL. And new research reveals how delicious scents wafting through your home can melt away stress and anxiety.
It’s almost like inhaling a nose full of natural Xanax.
Stress levels plunged 40% with simple scent
We all have them. Those scents that just seem to change our mood instantly.
Stores know it, too. Some of them will even pipe in certain aromas – the ones they know will make you want to relax… eat… drink… and SPEND. Devious, huh?
But let’s talk about some of those other smells as the new study finds a few that are just perfect for soothing our anxiety in angst-riddled times like these.
Researchers gave special citrus-scented badges to some of the most stressed-out folks of all: Nurses working in a cancer center.
Over shifts ranging from four to eight hours, the nurses saw their stress levels plunge by up to 40 percent when they were wearing those badges. And if this works on nurses, imagine what it could do for you!
Except don’t just spritz a spray bottle of some artificial scents around your home. Those phony chemical copycat odors likely won’t have quite the same effect.
And even if they did, inhaling the chemicals is certainly not going to be good for your airways and lungs.
Ditto for most scented candles, many of which contain volatile organic compounds such as benzene and toluene, which are potential carcinogens, as well as formaldehyde and lead.
Yeah, try to relax knowing THAT.
And paraffin candles are made from petroleum by-products. You may as well bring the car into your living room and turn the engine on.
Don’t fall for candles that say “beeswax,” either, as many can be a blend of beeswax and paraffin.
Ax anxiety with this natural solution
You’ve got some much better options, anyway. These scents can deliver the REAL smell and benefits, without the chemicals or the risks.
- Natural essential oils: Real essential oils in a diffuser can spread the natural scent around your home without the chemicals. Just read the labels carefully and make sure it’s the actual natural essential oil of whatever scent you’re looking for and not a chemical sniff-a-like.
- Go straight to the source: Want citrus? Cut up an orange – enjoy the fruit, and leave the peels out for a little while. Or pop them into a pot of simmering water for an hour. Peppermint and lavender, are easy to buy or even grow on your own. You can even make your own natural potpourri (look for instructions online).
And don’t forget one of the best forms of “aromatherapy” of all. That baking I mentioned earlier.
Nothing can fill your home with a soothing scent faster. Just don’t overdo the carbs.