Fragrances, Perfumes & Colognes
What Scents are Best for the Bedroom?
The bedroom is a personal space; its that private
sanctuary where we wind down at night for a good nights sleep
and motivate ourselves in the morning to get up and get started
on a new day. And, of course, bedrooms are not just for sleeping
-- at certain times, with certain company, the bedroom is a
place where romantic dreams can come true.
the bedroom with the right scents at the right times will
create the proper atmosphere for relaxation, sleep or
romance. The sense of smell is, after all, the most powerful
of your senses -- the one that can send the most vivid messages
to your brain and evoke the most vivid images.
Use scented candles, bunches of fresh flowers, essential oils,
potpourri, or incense in your bedroom to create the proper
mood for the desired activity. Add some green plants and you
are actually adding oxygen and a bit of humidity -- this will
help you breath better, sleep better and will allow the scented
air to work its magic.
to relax! Some scents work best to calm you down,
relax you and prepare you for sleep. Lavender, for example,
is well known as a scent that will relax you and it is said
that lavender will actually slow your body down by reducing
your heart rate and your blood pressure and by relaxing your
muscles. That may sound pretty far fetched but it's been proven
to be true.
relaxing aromas! There are some other scents that approximate
the effect of lavender on your body and mind:
Bergamot: Bergamot oil is the oil that is extracted from the
peel of the bergamot orange; a small citrus fruit that is mainly
found in the south of Italy. (This is NOT the perennial plant
in the mint family known as Bergamot, Bergamot mint, Oswego
Tea or Crimson Beebalm). The Bergamot orange is most well known
as a source for a flavoring used in Earl Grey brand teas. Bergamot
has a sweet, spicy scent that is refreshing and uplifting.
Sandalwood: Sandalwood is one of the oldest incense materials;
it has been in use for at least 4,000 years and is a very important
ingredient in both the traditional and modern formulas of Japanese
incense. Sandalwood has a woody, exotic scent that is warming
Majoram: Marjoram is a member of the oregano family. It has
a warm, spicy scent (similar to mild oregano) and is noted
for its soothing, warming effects.
Sage: The aromatic spice found in the kitchen is also available
as an essential oil. The scent is exotic and the effects may
be relaxing to some.
that scintillate! Time to turn your bedroom into something
other than a sleeping room? Some scents will relax you while
others have a refreshing, invigorating effect.
Citrus: Citrus is an energy and mood enhancer. The citrus
scent can turn your bedroom into a launch pad for your day.
and Flowers: Fill your bedroom with the scents of fruit
and flowers and romance will be in the air -- these scents
weaken a man's defenses and get his blood flowing. Jasmine,
Gardenia, Sandalwood, and Rose scents are also said to nurture
the romantic spirit.
and Pine: Mint and pine (used in moderation) are clean,
uplifting scents that will help you start the morning with
a refreshing optimism.
on scented candles! Scented candles that aren't used
or stored properly will quickly loose their scent; some quick
tips to keep those candles smelling good:
Keep candles out of the light when not in use. When exposed
to bright sunlight or bright room light their color and smell
After burning a candle wipe the excess carbon off the wick.
Don't burn a candle for too long; the rule is one hour for
every inch of diameter. Then put it out and let it cool before
Keeping candles in the refrigerator will make them burn more
slowly and evenly. Wrap them up good before putting them in
the refrigerator so the wick doesn't absorb moisture.
Keep candles separated from each other by at least three inches
while they are lit. This keeps each one burning slower and
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