The sense of smell plays an important role in the physiological effects of mood, stress, and working capacity. Certain fragrances have been proven to lower stress levels and improve overall mood.
Scent is so powerful that even a vague whiff of vanilla or jasmine can take us back to a fond memory or evoke a strong visual image in our minds. A whiff of Oud can transport us to a mosque and bring with it the calm and peaceful feeling you get when you enter a mosque. Likewise the scent of frankincense can remind you of Sundays at church. There are strong associations of Nag champa and sandalwood to temples as well.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) was known to love good smells. He sums up what he loved of material things in this present world, saying: “Of all that is available in this present life, I am made to love perfume and women, but the thing that gives me best gratification is prayer.” (Related by Ahmad and Al-Nassaie.)
Click to explore Dukhni scents that can elicit calm and spiritual vibes in and around you.