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Lifetherapy: Using Scents To Change Your Mood

By Susan Schade
 
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Lifetherapy changes your mood by the use of scent
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Scent can trigger memories in a powerful way. It can bring you back to times in the past. It can extend feelings of peace and happiness.

Sometimes scents can you remind you of bad memories but I like to concentrate on the good ones.

Whenever I go on a vacation, I bring a new shower gel and lotion. I love that once I am home, I can shower from time to time with that same scent and feel transported back to the time of my relaxing vacation.

After I had my son and I went back to work, there were times during the day that I felt overwhelmed with loneliness for him. A friend gave me the suggestion to bring a small bottle of his baby lotion to work with me.

I actually felt better when I put on the lotion during the day. I would breathe in that fresh, clean scent and it seemed to sooth the ache in my heart.

I love to burn candles at home. I use different scents of candles, lotions and shower gels for relaxing and inspiration.

A few days ago as I flipped through my July 2012 issue of “O” Magazine, I came across an article that I found interesting.

Lynette Lovelace was a woman that owned a successful restaurant outside of Chicago. Then in 2001, her 2-year-old son, Logan was diagnosed with a life threatening liver abscess and required major surgery.

Once the surgery behind them, she juggled her career and her son’s recovery, even expanding her business to a larger space and adding employees. Then she received more bad news.

In 2008, her 12-year-old daughter, Kenna, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Her focus shifted back to her family’s health and she struggled to keep a positive outlook. She found that writing in a journal and wearing soothing scents helped in keeping her attitude upbeat.

“When my son was sick, our pediatrician told my husband and I that we could choose whether to give up or stay strong. I have always remembered that.” (O Magazine, July 2012)

After the success of her daughter’s surgery, her gratitude inspired her to make a career change.

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