Summer’s in the Air
Our sense of smell is one of the most powerful of our senses. It is closely linked to our memory and our emotions. It can be both inviting as well as over-powering and impact the way we perceive the world around us. (see FifthSense) With summer comes all kinds of activities that we don’t usually enjoy year-round, that are associated with the outdoors, vacations, food, family, and fun. And with all of those comes memories that are often associated with certain smells.
One of my favorite summer smells is that of rain on a hot day as it hits the grass, trees, and asphalt. It always makes me pause and take a deep breath – and that is always a good thing, to pause and breathe. Another summer favorite smell is a good barbeque as it brings up memories of times with my grandparents, outdoors with grilled meat, fresh corn on the cob, and fresh tomatoes and green beans from my grandfather’s garden. Then there are the summer fruit and floral scents that seem so much more pungent. They are uplifting and rejuvenating. Scents like orange, lime, and grapefruit. Those are the ones that I most often have in my diffuser.
However, sometimes access to those scents and smells aren’t in our everyday environment so how do we create those memories and emotions in our confined spaces? Using aromatherapy is a wonderful way to bring that to life. Diffusing your favorite essential oils to invoke memories, reduce stress, and uplift our spirits can be very beneficial.
Would you like to know more about how to bring those memories, scents and sensations into your everyday life? Contact me for more information.
Until next time…
One of my favorite summer fragrances is Tiare or Tahitian Gardenia. This is the first year of a plethora of blossoms on my little tiare out front. Plenty buds every morning. Takes me right back to cruising Kahala with my Dad and sibs picking flowers from the giant hedges of tiare for the dancers at Queens Surf. And memories of Moorea where the scent of tiare wrapped us in perfect bliss as we walked off the plane. Mahalo Lani for the summer memories…