Do You Aromatherapy?

Do you believe in the power of aromatherapy? Up until about a year and a half ago or so, I thought this idea was a bunch of fluff. I mean, how can a candle or some bath salts change your mood or alter your outlook?

Then I was introduced to Arbonne. I went to a friend’s Pamper Party and unexpectedly fell in love. We used this bath salt during our pedicures that smelled just deliciously romantic and relaxing. I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that scent has such a powerful affect on people. Think about how certain scents instantly remind you of a person or a place, and how jarring this can be when it happens unexpectedly. There are scents that take me back in time: the smell of lavender cleaning products while walking down the streets in Taxco, Guerrero; hugging aunt Barb and smelling her perfum (White Linen, right?); Mom’s “Home Sweet Home” candle that always seems to be burning at the house.

Scents can trigger our memory, set a mood, and change your outlook. Since so few things help me wind down and relax, I’ve really come to rely on aromatherapy-type things to clear my mind. A few things that I’m particularly partial to right now are the Coconut Lime Verbena candle and Lavendar Chamomile sugar scrub from Bath & Body Works and the Unwind scented products from Arbonne (especially the bath salts and sea salt scrub). Some products help rejuvenate and awaken your senses while others help to soothe and calm; right now I prefer the latter. Since we’re moving into fall, I’d like to start experimenting with home fragrance oils that smell of the season. There’s nothing like walking into a home that smells like oatmeal cookies or a freshly baked pumpkin pie.

Since I don’t have the time to make either right now, I’ll use the oils or candles to do something that Dad taught me when I was golfing: “Fake it till you make it.”

*Image originally used at ourbeautywithin.org/donate.html.

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