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by Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo (subscribe)
Studied Political Science at Duquesne University. Highest Honors Graduate in Fitness and Nutrition from Stratford Career Institute. Self-Taught Cook. Self-Taught Make-Up Artist. Loves Her Loved Ones. Frugal Gal.
Published November 8th 2020
The Feeling Of Smelling Good
In Scent Therapy: Health And Wellbeing Through Fragrance, author Raje Airey begins with talking about discovering the effects of different aromas and how to use them to enrich one's life. The book is an inspiring guide to the therapeutic powers of fragrance.

aromatherapy, scent therapy

As an example, using fragrance in our daily lives is one way of countering some of the negative effects of stress, depression, tension and anxiety. Scents can help people unwind. Set aside some quiet moments every day. If you are outside, smell a freshly mowed lawn. If you are inside, smell a candle, smell some oil or take a scented bath.

In Summary

Beginning on page 21, the potpourri of aromas are explained.

When we are feeling tired and sluggish, fresh and spicy aromas will give a boost. Use ginger, coriander or black pepper.

Mental fatigue calls for rosemary, peppermint or basil.

Citrus or the scent of pine when needing to be uplifted.

Similar to refreshing, clary sage and geranium.

Calming and strengthening
Lavender, chamomile neroli or sweet marjoram are suggested.

Tea tree, eucalyptus and juniper.

Lavender and neroli.

Warm and comforting
The smell of nutmeg for dreams. The use of cloves for winter illnesses. Cinnamon to fight aches and strengthen the immune system.

Sensual and seductive
To bring a little romance into your life, use rose, jasmine, neroli and ylang ylang as aphrodisiacs.

When fragrance is used for pleasure alone, the choice is usually based on an individual's preference for the aroma When used to maintain or improve health, however, the properties and effects of a scent are a crucial part of the choice.

In Opinion

Airey's book was a little difficult to follow, but still good reading material on the therapy of scents. You just might find the origins of your favorite perfume, cologne, soap or the like and figure out the effects.

As an example, I searched online for the origins of my favorite perfume called Far Away by Avon. Far Away is an Oriental Floral fragrance for women. Far Away was launched in 1994. Top notes are Coconut, Ylang-Ylang, Peach, Karo Karounde and Orange; middle notes are Jasmine, Gardenia, Freesia, Violet, Osmanthus and Rose; base notes are Vanilla, Sandalwood, Amber and Musk. Personally, Far Away makes me feel loved and special, warm and ladylike.

This book would be a good purchase for anyone wanting to learn more about the subject of scents for therapy. As an example, a good introduction for someone wanting to further their education in aromatherapy.

I give this book a 4-star rating.
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