Scent can trigger memories in a powerful way. It can bring you back to times in the past. It can extend feelings of peace and happiness.
Sometimes scents can you remind you of bad memories but I like to concentrate on the good ones.
Whenever I go on a vacation, I bring a new shower gel and lotion. I love that once I am home, I can shower from time to time with that same scent and feel transported back to the time of my relaxing vacation.
After I had my son and I went back to work, there were times during the day that I felt overwhelmed with loneliness for him. A friend gave me the suggestion to bring a small bottle of his baby lotion to work with me.
I actually felt better when I put on the lotion during the day. I would breathe in that fresh, clean scent and it seemed to sooth the ache in my heart.
I love to burn candles at home. I use different scents of candles, lotions and shower gels for relaxing and inspiration.
A few days ago as I flipped through my July 2012 issue of “O” Magazine, I came across an article that I found interesting.
Lynette Lovelace was a woman that owned a successful restaurant outside of Chicago. Then in 2001, her 2-year-old son, Logan was diagnosed with a life threatening liver abscess and required major surgery.
Once the surgery behind them, she juggled her career and her son’s recovery, even expanding her business to a larger space and adding employees. Then she received more bad news.
In 2008, her 12-year-old daughter, Kenna, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Her focus shifted back to her family’s health and she struggled to keep a positive outlook. She found that writing in a journal and wearing soothing scents helped in keeping her attitude upbeat.
“When my son was sick, our pediatrician told my husband and I that we could choose whether to give up or stay strong. I have always remembered that.” (O Magazine, July 2012)
After the success of her daughter’s surgery, her gratitude inspired her to make a career change.