These memories are not just your imagination. There is actual science behind this. I find it fascinating!
Here is a great article: http://www.fifthsense.org.uk/what_is_smell/psychology/
If you follow me at all you know we are on a mission to eliminate as many chemicals as we can from our homes. I will be writing another post about detoxing your home another time. There are so many chemicals in your home!
I know a lot of people that are currently selling their homes. I have seen many in the neighborhood that have been on the market for a very long time. You hear about people cooking fresh cookies during an open house. Of course many people have the plug in air fresheners, burn candles and spray air fresheners that they use before an open house. Read more about that here: http://wholehealth4all.blogspot.com/2014/10/diffusing-vs-air-fresheners.html
Here is a report on the potential dangers of some candles as well. http://www.abc15.com/news/national/can-burning-candles-make-you-sick-university-studies-scrutinize-possible-release-of-toxic-fumes
I don't mean to overwhelm you with facts, science and details.
So I started thinking.
I reached out to a couple of realtors that I know and they said, you shouldn't have any scents during an open house. I find that interesting based on what I hear about people with cookies and air
fresheners etc. For example lets say you diffuse an oil like Christmas Spirit that is orange, cinnamon and spruce. The scent is absolutely heavenly! It brings back memories of Christmas a warm home and a fire in the fire place. It is also great for lifting your mood and removing potential decision making blocks which is good for the seller and the buyer!
Another blend would be Citrus Fresh. This is a blend of uplifting, bright Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, and Spearmint oils. For me it brings thoughts of a summer day.
Purification would be another choice. a blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Myrtle essential oils. This would be my choice for anyone home that might have pets. It is fresh and eliminates any potential odors.
Of course this is all without any chemicals. You can control the strength of the scents by limiting the amount of oils you put in the diffuser!
Here is a great abstract on the concept of ambient fragrance. http://psp.sagepub.com/content/23/5/498.abstract
Don't believe me? Here is another great article. http://psp.sagepub.com/content/23/5/498.abstract
So here is what I am looking for. I am a show me kind of person. This has been our journey with essential oils since we got started. We started with what I like to call skeptical optimism. Read more about that here: http://wholehealth4all.blogspot.com/2014/08/skeptically-optimistic-why-i-chose.html
I am looking for a couple of local realtors (Minneapolis, MN area) that have a house on the market that would like to borrow a diffuser and some oils. It certainly can't hurt and I can guarantee that it starts some great conversations. All I ask for in return is if you have someone with questions on the oils or diffusers, you give them my business card. Fair is fair right?
I would love to see if it actually works!
Interested in trying? PM me or comment on this post.