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2020 could use some pumpkin spice: Relieving stress with aromatherapy

Written By | Sep 29, 2020

Thanks to Marius Ciocirlan @madebymarius for making this photo available freely on Unsplash ๐ŸŽ

SAN DIEGO: Autumn has arrived and with it the crunchy sound of brightly colored leaves and the absolutely alluring scent of pumpkin spice. Aromatherapy has been known to reduce stress levels and there is something so comforting and calming about the smell of pumpkin spice. Something which we could all use a bit of right now.

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Youโ€™re my little pumpkin pie

Few can deny the relief of the long-awaited cooling trend following summertime heat, lending itself nicely to wearing a cozy sweater, relaxing by a blazing fireplace, and sipping hot apple cider spiced with a hearty cinnamon stick โ€“ ideally shared with a loved one.

In fact, pumpkin scent is purported to be an aphrodisiac, with the promise of raising testosterone levels in many men.
Alan Hirsch, director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation of Chicago suggests, โ€œThrow away the perfume and get some pumpkin pie.โ€

The scent of a woman or the scent of pumpkin spice?

Though research studies were not able to determine the reason that the scent of pumpkin is pleasing to so many men, it is thought that โ€œThe odors could induce a Pavlovian continued response reminding partners of sexual partners of their favorite foods,โ€ according to foundation researchers, published in Natural News.

If you donโ€™t want to have all the calories of a pumpkin pie, Oprah Magazine lists their top 14 picks for 2020.

Pumpkin-Scented Beeswax Blend Candle
Root Candles
Pumpkin Dulce Candle
Capri Blue
Lindsay Lucas Candles
Spiced Pumpkin Yankee Candle
Yankee Candle
Pumpkin Bakery Soy Candle
Lorenzen Candle Co
Pumpkin Chai Candle
Blk Orchid Apothecary
Pumpkin Butter Jar Candle
Homesick Pumpkin Patch Scented Candle
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin 3-Wick Candle
Bath & Body Works
Pumpkin Spice 11 oz. Soy Jar Candle
Sweet Water Decor
Pumpkin Chai Candle
NEST Fragrances
Halloween Pumpkin candle
A to Z Candles
100% Natural Soy Wax Candle
One Fur All
Pumpkin Clove Jar Candle
Capri Blue

A candle tip is trim the wick of the candle.ย  This will help keep the flame from burning too hot, causing that annoying pool of melted wax.

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Fond memories of the aroma of pumpkin spice

Perhaps the smell of a pumpkin scented candle evokes pleasurable memories from seasons past. Like tasting freshly baked pumpkin pie, devouring pumpkin cookies or muffins, or sipping hot pumpkin soup.

Regardless of the origin of such fond memories, the joy which the sight, taste, and smell that the fall pumpkin evokes are simply undeniable.

Enjoy the pleasurable emotions felt when inhaling the spicy, warm scent of a pumpkin scented candle, and share this experience with loved ones all season long, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

(Main image:ย Thanks to Marius Ciocirlan @madebymarius for making this photo available freely on Unsplash ๐ŸŽย )

Laurie Edwards-Tate

Since 1984, Laurie Edwards-Tate has served as President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare, a non-medical Home Care Aide Organization, serving seniors, disabled, infirm and children. Laurie is Board of Director 2018 (elected), Palomar Health; Executive Board Member; Chair Board Human Resources Committee; Member of Audits & Compliance Committee; Community Relations Committee.