What’s your favorite scent? Is it the smell of freshly baked bread? Or maybe the delicate perfume of fresh lilac? Or is it something that reminds you of a specific person or place?

Aromachology is the study of how fragrances can impact our emotions. We know that certain fragrances, such as lavender and chamomile can help us relax. But what about aromas that trigger memories—good or bad? The smell of chocolate chip cookies always reminds me of our beloved babysitter, Lola. But dank, musty odors evoke scary memories of my grandparents’ basement!

I know there are smells we want to avoid, as well as aromas we want to embrace. Meditation and mindfulness helps us better control how they affect our mood, our concentration and our perspective.

In my next email, I’ll share with you a powerful aroma that is wonderful for evoking a sense of serenity and balance.

Until then, though, don’t forget to take time to stop and truly smell the roses!

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