Why the Smells of Flowers Affect Us More Than We Think

By Pat Miller, florist on BloomNation and Owner of A Bed of Roses Florist in San Francisco, CA It turns out there's a reason why you love decorating your home and office with fresh flowers -- biophilia. According to prominent German psychologist Eric Fromm, biophilia is "the passionate love of life and of all that is alive." This natural tendency makes the exposure to plants and flowers on a regular basis more necessary than most would think. Unfortunately, our cemented-over way of daily living disconnects us from the natural world, both physically and emotionally. Recent studies at Harvard and Rutgers show that exposure to flowers first thing in the morning can be powerful enough to help counteract stress, depression, fear and anger. In a nutshell: A floral pick-me-up could transform your morning "blahs" into a positive mood and can set the tone for a better day. Studies also show there is wisdom in aromatherapy. Below are just a few examples, according to the Mood Mappers at International Flavors &Fragrances: • Lavender and pine can help promote relaxation and sleep • Jasmine can help ease depression • Cinnamon can help sharpen the mind • Citrus can help give alertness and an energy boost • Peppermint can help motivate • Chamomile works for performance jitters • Bergamot and rosemary can help decrease psychological stress • Smelling coffee may be enough of a jolt without taking a sip I would adore bouquet...
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Aromatherapy is the use of highly concentrated aromatic plant oils administered in various ways for a wide range of therapeutic indications. The purpose of this review is to present an overview of the evidence on aromatherapy during the perinatal period. There is research on the prenatal use of aromatherapy to treat nausea and vomiting, reduce stress, and support immune function; the intrapartum use of aromatherapy for labor pain/anxiety and labor progress; and the postpartum use of aromatherapy for postcesarean symptoms, perineal trauma, sleep, and symptoms of depression and anxiety. Overall, the evidence suggests that ar...
Source: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: Complementary/Alternative Medicine (Cam) In Obstetrics Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Aromatherapy improves sleep quality and reduces stress, pain, anxiety, depression, and fatigue in adults and elderly people.PMID:34166869 | DOI:10.1016/j.ctim.2021.102739
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
A healthy lifestyle revolves around the daily habits and dietary aid you include in your life. It is one of the significant factors behind long-term wellness and disease-free life. If you wish to enhance your lifestyle, you must be willing to make the essential changes. From the excessive intake of sugar-laden snacks to your meals’ timing, everything affects your health in the long run. Also, it contributes to lack of sleep and constant sleep disturbances now and then. But, you can get rid of the signs of insomnia with minimal lifestyle changes and natural aids. Here are the top ways in which you can achieve a ref...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: depression featured health and fitness self-improvement health benefits of sleep insomnia pickthebrain Source Type: blogs
Conclusion: Inhalation aromatherapy is effective in improving sleep problems such as insomnia. Therefore, it is essential to develop specific guidelines for the efficient inhalation of aromatherapy. Ethics and dissemination: Ethical approval is not required because individual patient data are not included. The findings of this systematic review were disseminated through peer-reviewed publications or conference presentations. PROSPERO registration number: CRD42020142120.
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Source Type: research
J Reconstr Microsurg DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1724465 Background Psychosocial distress, depression, or anxiety can occur in up to 50% of women after a breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy. The purpose of this study was to assess the potential benefit of lavender oil as a perioperative adjunct to improve anxiety, depression, pain, and sleep in women undergoing microvascular breast reconstruction. Methods This was a prospective, single-blinded, randomized, controlled trial of 49 patients undergoing microvascular breast reconstruction. Patients were randomized to receive lavender oil or placebo (coconut oil) thro...
Source: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Does religion help or harm people with severe mental illness? In today’s Not Crazy podcast, Gabe and Lisa welcome Rachel Star Wither, host of the Inside Schizophrenia podcast, to discuss religion’s role (or lack thereof) in treating those struggling with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Rachel relates her personal experiences of mixing religion with her illness and shares how she currently manages to believe in God while keeping her faith “separate” from her symptoms. Tune in for a deep discussion on religion and severe mental illness, including Rachel’s 3-day exorcism experience at age 17....
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Disorders General Interview Not Crazy Podcast Schizophrenia Spirituality Source Type: blogs
Conclusions This systematic review may serve as a reference for healthcare workers in caring for postpartum women. Aromatherapy may be applied as a noninvasive complementary intervention to promote physio-psychological comfort in postpartum women.
Source: Journal of Nursing Research - Category: Nursing Tags: SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS Source Type: research
You're reading How To Keep Your Job While Dealing With Depression, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. By Suzanne Jessee, Founder and CEO, Anew Era TMS We all need to keep our jobs, right? We have financial obligations, mouths to feed, and working for a living is how we make ends meet. When depression hits, our ability to function on the job can be impacted, even putting our livelihood at risk. So, how should someone battling depression manage the mood disorder while continuing at work? It may s...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: featured health and fitness psychology self improvement Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSIONS: The evidence base for improving sleep quality and related outcomes for adults and children with CKD is sparse. Relaxation techniques and exercise had uncertain effects on sleep outcomes. Acupressure may improve sleep latency and duration, although these findings are based on few studies. The effects of acupressure were not confirmed in studies in which sham acupressure was used as the control. Given the very low certainly evidence, future research will very likely change the evidence base. Based on the importance of symptom management to patients, caregivers and clinicians, future studies of sleep intervention...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
Depression is different for different people. Writer and author Therese Borchard once told me it feels like “being encased in a glass table in the middle of your living room, able to see what is going on, but claustrophobic and suffocating, wanting so desperately to get out, but being locked inside.” Author Graeme Cowan described depression as “terminal numbness.” For some people, depression is draining and exhausting. They feel their sadness on a cellular level. For others, like Cowan, they feel nothing, not a neutral nothing, but a lack of feeling that terrifies them. For still others, it’s ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Depression Disorders General Self-Help Major Depressive Disorder Suicide Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Source Type: blogs
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