Chic Scents with a Purpose

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Every day we are bombarded by smells.  At home. At work.  Even at the mall.  And while some are harmless, it’s a good idea to know what scents may not be serving you well and which ones actually are good for you.  Here is a quick guide to some common scents you might encounter accidentally or on purpose and their true affect on your health and mood.

  • Lemon – Generally, this light-hearted fragrance is refreshing and harmless.  It not only encourages clarity but can even help fight depression and anxiety.  When placed strategically in the home, lemon is a perfect pick-me-up scent for the dead of winter or a drab day.   The only precaution is that it can be irritating to sensitive skin, so be careful when using it in an oil burner
  • Lavender – This refreshing scent is one that simultaneously uplifts and relaxes at the same time.  It is a good choice for the bedroom, as it does promote sleep and comfort.  Experiment with different types of lavender…dried, oils, sprays.  It can be overpowering in some forms.
  • Citronella – Use  caution when burning citronella candles.  Some people may be sensitive to the fumes and scent.  Though it may have some anti-bug benefits, it could be more harmful than good to those with respiratory ailments.
  • Jasmine – This is your all-purpose feel good scent.  It decreases anxiety, depression, and even nervous exhaustion and indifference, according to aromatherapy expert, Roberta Wilson.  So, if you and your honey are fighting, this is a good one to flood your home with.
  • Appetite adjusters – If you’re trying to lose weight, stay away from these scents: Clary Sage, Coriander, Black pepper, Ginger, and Peppermint.  For appetite suppression, try these: Fennel, Patchouli, Bergamot.
  • Sexual Boost – For a little help in the love department, try an oil blend of these: Clary Sage, coriander, Ginger, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Patchouli, Sandalwood,  Ylang ylang.

All or most of these essential oils can be found at your local health food store or online.  For complete aromatherapy information, purchase Aromatherapy PA (Avery Health Guides).

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About Jo-Lynne

Written by Jo-Lynne Shane, a professional lifestyle blogger, brand advocate and community manager. Named one of Nielsen’s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She has been featured on, Southern Living Magazine, and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne facilitates the vibrant networking group Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for 200 area bloggers. Jo-Lynne lives and works from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 17 years, three lively children and one extremely spoiled shih tzu named Savannah.


  1. This is such a fascinating post. I had no idea that ginger could stimulate your appetite as well as peppermint. And now I know why I love lavender so much.