The fall aromas are some of the most sought-after scents for candles, drinks, and countless other items during the months of September, October, and November, and with good reason. Not only are these smells pleasing to your nose, they often have health and emotional benefits as well. So, in honor of the wonderful scents of fall, here are some of the best scents to have in your home this season.
As the symbol of fall itself, this iconic scent is instantly recognizable. It brings up images in your head of delicious pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice. The smell of pumpkin can also take you down memory lane, conjuring up images of picking out the perfect pumpkin in a pumpkin patch or craving the cutest (or scariest) jack-o-lantern for Halloween night.
This characteristically spicy fragrance is a classic fall aroma. As soon as you catch a whiff of this scent, you feel warm and cozy (and maybe a little bit hungry too!) Interestingly enough, the smell of cinnamon can also sharpen your mind; research shows that the cinnamon smell can help boost brain function and improve cognitive activities such as attention span, visual-motor response, and working memory.
Another great spice, nutmeg is often used to enhance the taste of mouth-watering foods and drinks such as French toast and coffee. This rich, earthy aroma is a relaxing smell, sometimes used to help induce muscle relaxation, reduce stress, and help you fall asleep. It has also been found to help your memory (yet another reason to put a pinch of this spice in your food as often as you can!)
Probably the most iconic symbol of fall, other than pumpkin of course, is leaves. The browns, reds, orange, and yellows of tree colors lining the streets is the essence of fall. The foliage mixed in with the cool, crisp air reenergizes and calms people, leading it to be one of the most popular autumn scents.