People use to say smelling the aroma of apple can reduce headache, is that true? In fact, smelling the aroma of apple can reduce patients’ anxiety and other bad mood which come from the headache, because it can attract patients’ concentration to focus on the pain, then muscles and tendons of the neck and the head can be loosen, that’s why people feel “the pain is reduced somehow” when smelling to apples. In practice, people have found the relationship between olfaction and splitting headache, both of them are interactive. For example, some special irritate of olfaction will lead to splitting headache, and some people have certain olfactory hallucination before splitting headache happens.
In addition, bad moods like anxiety, feeling fidgety and worried can trigger splitting headache, and what’s more, patients often feel more worried and be more anxiety with splitting headache. This is because splitting headache is related to some limbic systems of the brain. These limbic systems mainly manage people’s memory and mood, but they also be influenced by the olfaction. Smelling to aromas can make the mood be excited and feel happy, but smelling to fumes will make people feel fidgety or other kinds of unwell. So to say, the aroma of apple may reduce the splitting headache by affecting those limbic systems, because these limbic systems can adjust the mood after getting information of aromas from the nasal nerve, then patients’ concentration can be moved from the headache and make them feel batter.
In fact, aroma of other fruits or grass and tea also can be sued to reduce splitting headache, it depends on personal favorite, best efficiency comes from the fruit he or she likes the most. So people can use this way to reduce splitting headache when they have a little splitting headache which is not necessary for them to take medicine.