The sense of smell is truly an amazing thing. I have a very sensitive sense of smell, indeed I can’t walk through a perfume section of a department store without getting a headache. So what did I end up training in? Aromatherapy! I find the whole subject fascinating, how essential oils can work with each other to create wonderful healing synergies. Many of us have strong memories related to smells and that made me think about some of the aromas that evoke my memories of special places and people.
One such place is Cornwall and I can remember two very distinct aromas. Firstly, and predominantly, salt. That gorgeous salty air aroma of harbours mixed with the smell of the day’s catch makes me think of the wonderful strolls I have had there as well as the people-watching whilst sitting on a harbour wall with a refreshing ice cream. The other aroma, and it is one of my all-time favourite smells, is warm scones. I cannot resist that smell and my obsession with cream teas is a constant source of amusement to my husband!
So what about the Lake District? Although I now live here, I wasn’t born and bred here. Before relocating I had been visiting the lakes for about 12 years and every time I made the journey north on the M6 I would look forward to the sight of the fells and, more importantly, the smell of the Lake District. I can only describe it as ‘wholesome’. There is a fresh, clean, natural smell to the Lakes that always makes me feel content, which is why my family now calls it home.
So close your eyes and think back to a special place or time and see what smells you can remember. It might be the coconut of the suntan lotion as you lie bathing in the warm relaxing sunshine on holiday. It might be the zingy zest of lime that you breathe in as you take a sip of a mojito on a great night out with friends. Or it could be the smell of your fresh bed linen that’s been dried on the line outside as you snuggle into bed. Whatever it is, take a moment to savour that feeling.
The sense of smell is powerful. Aromas can uplift, relax, energise and calm. Choose products that are made with natural essential oils and experiment with different blends – you are unique and what suits one person may not suit you. Happy sniffing!
By Jo Evans, www.bespokearoma.co.uk