30 Days of Health and Contentment: Day 25, Aromatherapy Is Old and News

drawing of lemons

Vicks VapoRub.  That’s the first aromatherapy that I remember. I was a pre-schooler with a cold, and my mom swiped some Vicks under my nostrils to help clear the congestion.

Arrgh! After hours of wiping my runny nose, that stuff burned like the Bejeebus.  She tried again by persuading me to put the gel into my nostrils. Okay, this was worse.

And so, my first encounter with aromatherapy was not a happy one.

As a adole”scent,” things didn’t improve much. My best friend gave me a plastic container and couldn’t stop laughing. I asked her what the deal was. Between hysterics, she explained that she had expelled some “natural gas” into the container, in an effort to see if it would be “Locked in.” She reported her experiment was a success.

This aromatherapy session failed to impress me, as well.

Fast forward to 2017. Essential oils are all the rage. I took the phenomenon with a grain of salt.  The whole business just seemed too close to a pyramid scheme for my liking.

A funny thing happened on my way to the drug store.

I found that I really enjoyed bath time soaking in products enhanced with essential oils.

It started with a visit to my daughter’s apartment in Chicago. She has an amazing 3-in-1 body, hair, and bubble bath soap that is scented with lemon and coconut. It’s called Everyone Soap. (Personally, I would have thought the name “Soap for EveryBody” would be clever, if not grammatically correct.)  It really smells like lemons! So bright, tangy and fresh.

Next, I saw a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Pure Castile Liquid Soap at the market. It had a pretty, lilac colored label that compelled me to buy it.

I squirt it into my bath water, and also put some on my sponge.  I don’t know if it is just the power of suggestion, but I feel so relaxed and cleansed while I soak in the scent as the steam rises in the tub. Ahhh…

Even washing my hands at the kitchen sink has become a small pleasure, thanks to Mrs. Meyer’s basil-scented hand soap.  I like the idea of an green herb soap in the kitchen.  It seems to fit better than a flowery smell.

Maybe there is something to this aromatherapy stuff.

After all, if something so simple can bring a little sunshine and relaxation into our lives, why pass up the opportunity?

Now, on to the Himalayan salt lamp…

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