the effect of fragrances on our well-being

Vanessa Freiheit | 31 MARCH 2021
Fragrances influence the way we think, feel and feel good. And this is truly no coincidence: because it has already been scientifically proven that certain scents trigger certain reactions. The olfactory perception (i.e. the perception of scent) is connected to the emotional center of our brain. Through your nose, scents reach the brain directly and can influence one's own well-being in a fraction of a second. Which scents help with listlessness and fatigue and even release happiness hormones, you will learn below.

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Can the right fragrance contribute to your happiness? Definitely! For many of us, a perfume is more than just a scent; it can put us in certain emotional states or even be associated with certain memories. If we perceive certain scents, our brain automatically recalls the memories and feelings it has stored along with the scent. Scents can

  • Improve our sleep quality,
  • Reduce stress,
  • Relieve headaches, and
  • Even boost your immune system

So they are real helpers for your mental well-being. In addition to the positive influence on your mood so still have the following effects:

  • Antibiotic and disinfectant
  • Skin caring
  • Promoting digestion
  • Mosquito repellent


By using scents purposefully, you can boost your sense of well-being. Scents in the form of perfume are a time-honored method of using scents for a specific purpose. Our very strong sense of smell reacts even to more subtle scents and affect our behavior and emotions. Be it to get clear thoughts, reduce stress, relieve anxiety or release happiness hormones: The following scents will help you strengthen your mental well-being in a natural way.

Calming & anxiety-relieving: lavender

The calming effects of lavender are well known. But this flower has it in itself: lavender scent is considered a natural anxiety reliever and can significantly reduce states of restlessness. According to studies, the scent can block the fear receptors in the brain, so to speak, and consequently has an anxiety-relieving effect. Thus, lavender balances your mood and can have a positive influence on your well-being if you are in a depressed state of mind. Meanwhile, lavender is even an approved medicine and is mainly used in the treatment of the following complaints:

  • Inner restlessness
  • Disturbed sleep
  • States of exhaustion
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Panic attacks

Vanilla: the happiness maker

It is considered the "queen of spices" and is the second most expensive spice in the world next to saffron. The sweet scent of vanilla is one of the most widespread fragrances and is a real superstar: almost 200 natural individual substances combine in this fragrance to form a harmonious composition and not only provide a pleasant sweet taste, but also stimulate the release of the happiness hormone serotonin in the brain. A true bringer of happiness. Whether in perfumes, scented candles or food - the delicate, sweet scent of vanilla entwines our senses and makes happy!

For an extra dose of happiness, you can add vanilla to the following dishes:

  • Fruit salads
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit spreads
  • Fruit slices

Focus: Cinnamon

Whether as a fragrance or spice in food: Cinnamon boosts your brainpower, this scent gives you a real concentration boost! Cinnamon contains many antioxidants, is particularly rich in potassium, has been shown to regulate blood sugar levels and has an anti-inflammatory effect - a true all-rounder! The oriental-spicy smell is one of the most pleasant scents of all and even has a positive effect on our mental performance. He increases especially the memory as well as the concentration.

Tip: If you like and take many cinnamon products to you, make sure that it is Ceylon cinnamon. This contains less coumarin and makes it safe for consumption. Coumarin is a natural flavor and fragrance substance that occurs in particularly high concentrations in cassia cinnamon. An overdose of coumarin can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, and liver damage.

Purifying: Frankincense

Incense is used in many ways, mainly because of its medicinal properties. It has an anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, analgesic and decongestant effect. Another advantage: as a room fragrance, frankincense cleanses the air of pollutants and provides relief from coughs, chronic bronchitis or sore throats. In oriental cultures, the scent of frankincense is also known for its spiritual effects and drives away bad energies, clears the body from the inside and unites mind and soul.


In aromatherapy, essential oils are used specifically to alleviate illness or increase well-being. By means of plant essences, aromatherapy takes advantage of the unconscious effect of odors. It is usually practiced by alternative practitioners or physicians. There are many ways to use essential oils:

  • Inhalation
  • For massage
  • Sauna infusion
  • Mouthwash
  • Skin balm
  • Fragrance lamps
  • Compresses

The following essential oils are ideal for aromatherapy:

  • Cedar: has an anti-inflammatory effect and loosens phlegm for colds
  • Bergamot: reduces stress and have an antibacterial effect
  • Pine: clear the airways and increase blood circulation
  • Camille: antibacterial, wound healing, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic
  • Rose: soothes nerves and relieves nervous tension
  • John's wort: relaxing and mood-lifting effect
  • Lemon: vitalizes in case of exhaustion and promotes concentration
  • Lavender: helps with coughs and bronchitis, against sleep disorders and for stomach and intestinal complaints


A delicate scent of vanilla in your living room, a full bath with added lavender, or a massage with citrus oil - soothing scents affect our emotions, moods, and bodies. The following tips will help you to easily transform your home into a unique oasis of well-being.

1. aroma diffuser
A trend with feel-good effect: aroma diffusers are in most cases visually very decorative and can be easily integrated into your interior. They provide a pleasant room climate and have a positive effect on the humidity. Use essential oils of your choice specifically for strengthening body and mind.

2. scented candles
They smell good and create a wonderful feel-good atmosphere in your home: scented candles release a pleasant aroma and candlelight creates an intimate and delicate environment. Both help you relax and find balance.

3. Cooking
In addition to the scent of essential oils, it is the smells of spices that positively influence your well-being. Here you can use specifically stimulating spices for cooking, which provide a soothing smell and an aromatic taste.

Dr. Miriam Rehbein


From spring to winter, no one can fool Vanessa Freiheit in the areas of fashion and beauty: Because the Munich marketing expert is at home in the beauty and fashion world. Whether Milan, Paris or New York - she follows the fashion trends of international catwalks all year round just as enthusiastically as the latest developments in the international cosmetics industry. She is very familiar with the innovative and effective products of Doctor Mi! medical skincare and is a loyal customer of the line out of conviction. She shares her knowledge and insights from the world of skincare that she has gathered over time here.

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