Stop and Smell the Roses: 5 Indoor Air Scents With Surprising Benefits

Many factors come into play when you’re working to maintain top notch indoor air quality in your home. You want pure, filtered air that is properly dehumidified so you feel fresh and clean. You want air that is the right temperature so you feel comfortable. Those aren’t the only factors, however.

Whether you’ve realized it yet or not, you also want air that smells great, because the benefits of having certain scents in your living or work spaces are surprisingly positive.

Here are some examples if you don’t just want to take our word for it:

peppermint leaves on table

Peppermint

Peppermint is an invigorating scent. It energizes and motivates you. It’s a great scent to have on hand if you want your home to be a place for clear thinking and getting things done. Quick warning, though: scents have a powerful connection to memory. Even though peppermint smells great, it’s also frequently associated with the winter holidays, which might not be what you’re going for.

Rosemaryrosemary flowers close-up

When people say “stop and smell the roses,” they should say “stop and smell the rosemary” instead. Rosemary is not only an incredibly pleasant scent and a useful herb, it has stimulating properties that can help with fatigue, stress, and bodily aches. Interestingly enough, two physicians at Japan’s Meikai University published a study back in 2007 which showed decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in test subjects smelling the woodsy scent.

beads of dew on lemongrass close-upLemongrass

Lemongrass is a great scent if you want your home to be a space that is joyful and refreshing. It’s a scent that is frequently associated with wakefulness and energy – both things most people love feeling!

lavender field in sunshineLavender

Lavender is usually one of the first things that comes to mind when people are asked what their favorite scent is. The beautiful purple flower is known for its relaxing smell. It’s great to have wafting through your home if you want to give off a comforting, relaxed vibe. Lavender is also frequently used in nighttime oils and bath products because it’s known to help lead to a great night’s sleep!

bergamot red flower on white background Bergamot

Bergamot is a little less common than the other bouquets listed here, but familiarizing yourself with this citrus-y Asian scent is worth it. Why? Because it’s fruity, offbeat, and often associated with the treatment of stress and nausea. Who doesn’t like smelling something that is not only refreshing, but actually makes them feel better?

No matter what smell you choose to enhance your home’s mood, you need to make sure the air it’s wafting through is clean, clear, and fresh. Contact us at Blue Ox Heating & Air today to schedule a service and keep the air in your home feeling great.

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