Of all the senses, the sense of smell is often the sense considered least important. Yet a scent has the power
to set the mind reeling. Scent not only has the power to affect mood and invoke memories, a scent can shape
your entire sense of well-being. Scent can even affect the way others respond to you. Fragrances have been
casting their spells for thousands of years. As early as 7000 BC, man used fragrant ointments from oils and
plants. The Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Chinese all used essential oils not only for bathing and perfume,
but for healing as well. The olfactory nerves are connected directly with your brain, where scent impulses
create instant memories and reaction. A single scent has the power to trigger feelings of peace, energy and
even a good night’s sleep.
Many scents are associated with memories and summon certain emotional responses. We react to specific
aromas with a specific response. We are comforted by the savory scent of baking bread. We feel festive when
breathing in the scent of apple-cinnamon pie. The invigorating scent of lemon, lime or tangerine works to
lighten our mood and lift our spirit. While the scents of rose and vanilla evoke memories of romance.
The complicated world of scent is all around us casting its spell. One way to harness this power is through the
use of Essential oils. Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots,
flowers that have been extracted usually by distillation and on an average are 50 to 75 percent more powerful
than the herb or plant itself. You will find that essential oils are expensive, but a good oil will last for years.
As you begin to explore essential oils you will find that some cheaper offerings labeled “fragrance oil” or
“perfume”. Avoid these. These cheaper offerings are usually not essential oils but a weakened blend.
Start with just a few. Vanilla, Rose, Jasmine, Orange and Lavendar are each easy to use and each is uplifting.
Find a small spray bottle. Fill it with spring water and add a few drops for an invigorating spritzer that will
refresh your energy. But every oil has its own, unique healing property so do your homework. Once you know
the benefits of each essential oil, you can use them to their full advantage. The power of scent is not hard to
incorporate into your every day life. For example: Essential lavender oil has been traditionally used in France
as a topical application to heal minor burns and reduce scarring. It is also used to counteract insomnia,
anxiety, rheumatism, headaches, pains and as a regenerative and anti-aging treatment. When you are feeling
frazzled and need a mood lift, try adding several drops of essential lavender oil to a hot bath. Not only will
this relax your mind, studies show that lavender oil helps reduce joint and muscle pain.
Even if you’re too busy to think of scent as a daily necessity, there are effortless ways to integrate their
powers into your daily routine. The simplest one is to end your day with a fragrant soak. You can add a couple
of drops of essential oil to your bathwater or make up a batch of bath salts. Salt not only draws impurities out
from your body, it works to heal and deodorize it too. These make-ahead recipes can last up to six month. For
best results, use a wide-mouth quart-size jar and store in a cool place.
Basic Bath Salts
Add 1 cup Epsom salts to 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup sea salt.
Measure salts into a jar. Secure lid and shake until thoroughly blended.
Make up a batch of basic bath salts and add 20 drops Frankincense oil. Secure lid and shake until thoroughly
blended. Use 1/2 cup per bath. Keep in well sealed jar. Use to enhance meditation or to help you connect to
Soak in this relaxing bath before bed to aid in dream recall.
Add: 10 drops Jasmine oil, 5 drops Lavender oil, 5 drops Orange oil to basic salt recipe.
Blend well. Keep in a sealed jar. Use 1/2 cup per bath.
Buttermilk Bath Salts
Soak away your worries with this soothing and very moisturizing blend.
Measure into a wide-mouth jar, 1 cup buttermilk powder and 1 cup sea salt. Add 20 drops of Lavender oil.
Seal and shake to blend. Use 1/2 cup per bath.