Nature’s calming pick-me-up scents

London - The smell of flowers can increase happiness, say researchers. In a University of Vienna study, people were put in three rooms — one of which had a floral scent — and gave written tests.

Those in the floral room used three times as many positive, happiness-related words and indicated that their mood was better.

However, the effect of warmer temperatures on flowers could help bolster struggling bee populations, as stronger scents would make plants easier to find and pollinate. Credit: AP

And it’s not just floral scents that help.

A 2009 study in the US journal Physiology & Behaviour found that people in a dentist’s waiting room were less anxious if it smelled of orange or lavender.

Peppermint is also calming, says Chicago’s Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. - Daily Mail