About 15 years ago (yes, I've been an adult for a while now) I was shopping for a last minute Christmas gift and knew, just knew, that the steam machine-thingy with the lovely odor - thing would be just the thing. It was a little wacky, but hey, so was I, and everyone knew it, and it was genuinely a step up from the little cut-out cardboard mobiles I used to make for people. Really.
So this steam contraption was in the "health" section of a health food store and promoted, yes, aromatherapy which to me sounded fantastic. It was quite expensive for back in the day, at least $25 and seemed to me a perfect gift.
Needless to say, there was a containment of eye-rolling that probably gave the recipient of the gift such a migraine that he would have needed the steam - scent thingy just to get over it. But he didn't find out because he thought it was such junk that he never even opened it.
In fact, a couple of years later, I saw it at another friend's house just puffing away, happily spewing lavender all over the airway of the apartment. "Huh." I thought to myself. "It was so bad it was re-gifted." My inquiries into the veracity of this situation proved my thoughts correct.
Slowly, however, the aromatherapy things began to creep into the mainstream marketplace with a fervor only akin to designer jeans and Pop-Tarts. I felt like Nostradamus - I had foreseen the future and it smelled like rose petals and lilies!
Aromatherapy, I always knew it was something special. So here are some of the purported benefits of flavoring your air with scent:
Lemon - is an energizer
Lavender - is a great stress reliever, promoting peace and well-being.
Hyssop - has been around for centuries. It has healing properties that have been used by many throughout the years. It helps with cold and flu. It can also be used as a skin-improving agent, helping fight against blemishes.
Jasmine - has relaxing and soothing properties. Sometimes used as an aphrodisiac.
Basil - helps with concentration. Also used in a wide variety of health conditions such as, upset stomach, headaches and flatulence.