Are there times when you feel sleepy even when you have yet to start work? And you have tried many ways but it either is ineffective or it does not fit into your lifestyle.
Why not give fragrances a try? The sense of smell is one of our powerful five senses that aids us in our daily lives as the senses we pick up stimulates our brains to learn about the things around us.
These 5 scents display qualities that helps people to focus according to World Health Forum. Let’s dive in and see what are they and more details about them!
Benzoin is a resin extract, taken from different types of styrax trees by undergoing solvent extraction technique. Despite how the name appears, do not confuse it with the benzoin drug that you can find over-the-counter as their applications are very different.
Interestingly, in perfumery applications, benzoin carries a familiar scent whom many also recognize as - Vanilla. Its sweet and soothing scent may seem like it excels only in its soothing properties but is shown properties that display benefits which invigorate minds.
The perfumery ingredient, camphor, is obtained from the camphor trees.
By heating bits of camphor wood, the vapor it produced is condensed and obtained via steam distillation to produce the camphor product. In its natural state, you will find that the raw material, camphor, exists as beautiful white crystals.
The crystal’s beauty can be deceiving, as their harsh and sharp fragrance can assaults your nose with a single breath. You can find familiarity of this scent in Vicks VapoRub, or other itch-relieving topical creams, as these topical creams also contains camphor.
When used in perfumery, its cent can also send a cooling and sharp sensation to your nose, which in effect also stimulates your brain.
Cardamom is a spice from the ginger family and is identifiable through its appearance, taking the form of small, oval and greenish or black coloured pods.
This two (green and black) different shades of cardamom are classified as different variety but possess similar fragrance profiles.
The green cardamom (elettaria cardamomum) is labelled as the “true cardamom” have a harmonious fragrance mix of eucalyptus, mint, and pepper. While the other black coloured cardamom pod exudes a less intense version of the green cardamom with a dash of wood and smoke fragrance.
Their spicy kick, with refreshing fragrance notes, is sources that give your brain the stimulation to boost focus.
Mints – such as spearmints and peppermints are ingredients we frequently encounter and readily accessible in our daily lives. Their scents can be easily recognized in certain candies, bubble gums and even in our toothpastes.
In perfumery, these mint fragrances can be extracted from their leaves using steam distillation, solvent extraction or Soxhlet extraction.
With its widely known functions, many also know its beneficial properties in helping us to improve focus via is stimulating and refreshing scent. Therefore, you may encounter these mint ingredients in ointments or creams to relieve fatigue and boosts our focus via its refreshing scent and cooling sensation.
Eucalyptus is another well-known plant-based ingredient that provides refreshing and revitalizing fragrance.
You may have come across this ingredient or heard much of its name, where its eminent name is contributed greatly through its broad variety of applications. Other than in the perfume industry, you can find them in pharmaceutical drugs, as food flavourings, household cleaning products and even in insect repellents.
By undergoing steam distillation with the eucalyptus leaves, one can obtain its oil extract. The eucalyptus fragrance can be described to be airy, fresh, green, camphor-like and also contain nuances of lemony notes.
All in All,
We make use of our sense of smell daily, so why not take advantage of it and cater it to our needs? Try it using these fragrances, this may just be the solution you are looking for!
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