sweet aromas rise
awakening the senses
the sent of heaven
Aromas have the power to transform our emotional and energetic state. In a fun word association, miracles and gifts are called heaven sent while certain aromas are considered heavenly scents. Smell is our most primitive sense and affects our limbic system and areas of the brain associated with desire, memory, and emotions. If you’re like me, I bet certain food like baked cookies trigger strong associations with family, childhood, and happiness.
Science tells us that aromas can cross the blood-brain barrier meaning that they can quickly enter our circulatory system to impact our body. Aromatherapy is the science of using essential oils to stimulate certain parts of your brain to influence mental and physical health. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their aromas and natural healing powers. In my 30s I discovered the benefits of essential oils to calm, center, heal, and enjoy. Different oils have different properties. Lavender is known for its calming impact while jasmine is a stimulant. Here is a good introductory article on the power of aromatherapy.
Roses have been calling to me lately. Maybe it’s time to stop and smell the roses! As I previously wrote in Ode to a Rose, roses feed my mind, body, and soul. Interestingly, according to Michèle at Michèle’s Organics, rose oil vibrates at a higher frequency associated with love, heart, and spirit. Sometimes I’m transported to another time and place where I become one with their heavenly scent, transcending the moment. I’m very sensitive to aromas (pleasant and not). They affect me deeply and can trigger strong feelings, memories, and sensations. Thankfully, roses always stir up good vibes with their smells. 🙂 I love the smell of many other flowers, including peonies, irises, and mimosa and magnolia blossoms. What smells do you love?
May your week be full of heavenly scents!