Festive fragrances bring favorite holiday memories to life
(BPT) - Have you ever found yourself starting to dread the holidays? Ever felt more like saying “bah, humbug” than “merry Christmas” when you run into family and friends? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. While the holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, trying to meet unrealistic expectations from decorating the mantle and trimming the tree, to hosting and entertaining family and friends, can bring out the Scrooge in anyone. Suddenly the desire to create the perfect dream Christmas crashes into the realities of tight budgets, too little time and too many obligations, huge crowds while shopping, and other issues.
A simple way to ease the stress is with a holiday-scented candle. “Many people tell us that they find the very act of lighting a candle to be relaxing,” says Bob Nelson, president of the National Candle Association. “However, the fragrances play a far bigger role. Festive fragrances can trigger fond Christmas memories all the way back to childhood.”
There is a substantial body of research supporting Nelson’s assertions. According to The Daily Mail Online, a research study at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel used actual brain scans to demonstrate that new “odor memories” - such as the association of a perfume with a person - become a permanent memory in the brain. And often these memories present a clearer recollection of a person, event or time than anything caused by sounds, pictures or words.
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