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Integrating Fragrances into Your Home

According to Freud, the quickest way to trigger an emotional response is with scent; using fragrance and scents in Feng Shui is one simple way you can help awaken and direct these emotions.

From a Feng Shui perspective, positive scents not only raise the chi, but also can relate directly to specific emotions. For example, the scent of lavender can relax you, the scent of jasmine can put you in a romantic mood, the scent of juniper will cleanse you, the scent of clary sage will make you feel secure, and the scent of grapefruit stimulates your memory. Cinnamon is great for promoting lively, intellectual conversation. Go ahead, infuse the air with cinnamon before your next dinner party!

According to Angie Cho's 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces, the scent of oranges and orange peel represents vibrant, life-affirming yang energy. They create positive, fresh yang energy in our interior spaces, which is why they are often used in sacred space clearing rituals. In addition, it is always recommended to begin with a thorough clearing out of stale, old air and energy by opening windows, during winter or summer, and then adding scent.

Infusing your spaces with scent is the "invisible architecture" that is the final touch of your interior design and can stimulate positive changes in your mood and your life. Burning frankincense reduces feelings of depression and anxiety, lavender relaxes away the stresses of the day and promotes healthy sleep, Before your work out, slather yourself with peppermint body lotion instead. Your workout will seem easier than it does when you omit the lotion, as well as less frustrating.

Scent is a powerful tool in our arsenal. I have always found the study of scent to be fascinating. It enhances mood and builds confidence. Try incorporating these scents in your home, and let me know how it works for you!

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