Aromatherapy: Not Just a Nice Scent

August 26, 2012 — 3 Comments

LavenderThe five senses are all amazing, each in its own way, but let’s talk about our sense of smell because it’s more important than we realize.

One of the aspects of fall that I love are the smells of evergreens, smoky fires, and leaves that linger in the air.  I have heard it said that smell is one of our biggest memory triggers, and a certain smell can definitely hurtle you back in time to a certain memory.

Aromatherapy takes our sense of smell a step further. Certain scents and essential oils can not only affect our moods and our memories, but they can improve our physical well-being.  One of my favorite essential oils is lavender.  I used to dislike the smell, as some of my clients do, but it’s really grown on me over the years.

The benefits of lavender are many, which is part of what changed my mind about it:

  • overall first aid oil
  • immune booster
  • antidepressant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiviral
  • antibacterial

Wow, all this from that little purple flower; it’s nice to know that certain lovely scents can also literally improve our health.

In future posts, I’ll talk about some of my other favorites: peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, and bergamot.  For now though, here’s to that little purple flower that packs quite a punch!

For more: UMMC on lavender

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Christine Thye

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3 responses to Aromatherapy: Not Just a Nice Scent

  1. Isn’t it weird–I used to feel the same way about lavender. Hated geraniums, too, everything about them.

    Then somebody gave me a geranium. It was old, with salmon colored blossoms and thick twisty stems. I found that in trying to find something to like about it (so I could be genuinely grateful for it, unlike the way I had to be grateful once for a phony driftwood clock, don’t ask) I started to love it. The dusty, carroty smell of the leaves and the earnest perfection of the blooms somehow impressed me. It’s not a flashy plant, but it does its job and it does it well. I feel the same way about lavender now, and often wear it if I’m especially nervous or stressed at work.

    • I had to look up salmon-colored geraniums on Google images to remind myself what this flower you now love looks like :) I see what you mean… My favorite flowers will probably always be roses (wild or otherwise), daisies (Gerber or otherwise), and almost all wildflowers, but it’s always nice to find new faves… Wearing lavender at work sounds like a brilliant plan to me. :)

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