Science Links Lavender to Trusting

A 2015 study from the Leiden University suggested that wearing the soothing scent of lavender (versus the invigorating smell of peppermint) could increase others' trust of you. 

Study participants were divided into three groups - a lavender-scented room, a peppermint-scented room, and a fragrance-free room - and asked to play a money-themed trust game. None of the participants were made aware of their room fragrance or the study's purpose. The study found that the participants in the lavender-scented room were significantly more likely to display trust behaviours (as measured by money transferred to another in their trust game) than the people in the peppermint or fragrance-free rooms. 

New research on the soothing effects of smelling lavender is continuing to emerge, and illuminating our complex and powerful relationship to our sense of smell. In the meantime, it can't hurt to wear a few drops of lavender or MOOD HONEY's Hush when you're cultivating a trust-based relationship with others. At the very least, you smell divine. 

 

Header Image By Laslovarga - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0