Close your eyes and conjure up the following smells: a burst of citrus while peeling a juicy orange; the green piney scent of a fresh-cut Christmas tree; baked apple pie, roasted hazelnuts, mulled wine, chai spiced latte, cinnamon cookies or a warm waft of perfume from a blooming lilac bush.
For millennia, ancient cultures like China, India and Egypt recognized that certain natural aromas are deeply soothing. Aromatherapy is actually one of the oldest forms of therapy.
Our sense of smell triggered when fragrance molecules attach to receptors in the nasal cavity. Those receptors then send electrical signals directly to the olfactory cortex of the brain, which in turn talks to the memory and emotion centres of the brain.
Studies have shown that some smells can act like nature’s own anti-anxiety medication, tweaking our brain chemistry and helping us relax or feel happy.
Lavender is a scent that is generally associated with relaxation but this isn’t the only aroma that’s been linked to the same neuron receptors as potent anti-anxiety drugs. A few years ago, German researchers tested hundreds of fragrances on GABA receptors in rodents and humans and the big winner was jasmine, which delivered a GABA effect as powerful as sleeping pills and sedatives.
Lavender and jasmine are the first ancient relaxation remedies to be tested like this, but several others may share a similar nose-to-brain mechanism. According to studies, other compounds that have shown promising anti-anxiety effects in mice and men include limonene, the aroma of citrus peels, and pinene, the smell of pine trees.
Now when speaking of personal experience for me the smell of vanilla and the smell of cinnamon relax me. Aromatherapist Stacey Abela states that from her personal experience any scent that you like will automatically relax you. She has had clients who found the scent of baby powder soothing because of the ylang-ylang in it.
Now that winter is fast approaching and Christmas is behind our doorstep people tend to suffer from more seasonal moods. The change in weather can affect as well as the holiday season can bring up memories or make us feel lonely. Give yourself the gift of scent this winter. Fragrance your home with my melts. I myself have 3 burners at home one in the kitchen, one in the living area and one in the bedroom.
We have all come across and bought scented candles in our life. My Melts is a safer, more eco-friendly, more healthy and also more economically feasble way of fragrancing your home. They are made from Eco soy wax instead of paraffin wax which is usually found in the majority scented candles. Paraffin is the leftover by-product from the petroleum refining process. Studies have shown that this petroleum by-product can release the same harmful carcinogens into the atmosphere as your car produces when gasoline is burned. When a paraffin candle is burned, it produces toxic Petro-carbon soot, which can blacken walls, furniture and ceilings and contaminate the ductwork in your home. This soot goes into the air you breathe and can be hazardous to your health especially for asthmatics, people who suffer from allergies, people who are an immunocompromised or young children.
The wax in my melts comes from soybeans which don’t contain carcinogenic compounds. They contain no petroleum and the wax was not tested on animals It does not contain any herbicides or pesticides, or genetically modified material and is 100% biodegradable and produces no Petro-carbon soot.
Also due to the fact that there is no wick-burning into the fragrance oil, there is no chemical reaction and you are diffusing the aroma rather than burning it as you would that of a candle. And this also ensures that these scents will not trigger asthma attacks.
My Melts come in an large array of aromas, but the Limited Edition Christmas ones are to die for.
Being very true to scent and lasting an average of 16 hours per half placed into the top of your burner the build-up to Christmas is somewhat relaxing.
My melts is also currently offering a value pack that is available via My Melts website which will provide you with an average of 160 hours of melting time.
This box contains 5 different Christmas fragrances to help stay in the spirit of the festive season.
There are the Candy Cane, Fresh spearmint aroma, perfect for the kitchen.
Home for Christmas, Much like a fresh Christmas tree with a hint of cinnamon in the background.
Blue Christmas, The unmistakable fragrance of freshly cut pine Christmas tree.
Christmas cookie, The warm scent of freshly baked sugar cookies baking in the oven.
Christmas Splendor. Which is cinnamon and spice? I’m saving this one for Christmas day, really smells like mulled wine brewing.
Whichever one you use first this box is a must-have 5 different aromas, 160 hours of melting time, you can’t go wrong, Ideal to gift or even better to keep for yourself. I actually bought 5 boxes 1 for me and 4 I have given to my sisters in law, mother and mother in law.
They also have smaller packs available on their site which are perfect for Secret Santa and Teachers, well to be fair I think I am going to order for My Hairdresser and Nail artist too.
Go to https://mymelts.com.mt/ to purchase your melts today.