Aromatherapy (n.): the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being.
This post is specifically called Aromatherapy because when we hear that word, we normally only associate it with essential oils such as sage, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, etc. But the scents that we are drawn to and enjoy help us in the same way. So here are some of my favorite scents, in no particular order:
- Salty Air: Ah, the air that resides at every Long Islander’s favorite place: the beach. Whether you prefer it from the Sound on the north shore, or from the wide, open ocean on the south shore, just about everybody loves the smell of salt water in the air, especially in the summertime. Despite my love/hate relationship with the beach, I can agree that I do like this smell more than most others. I spent almost every weekend growing up at Robert Moses, so the scent of salt in the air brings me back to fun, simpler times.
- Petrichor: Have you ever just walked outside after a huge thunderstorm, and get a whiff of the saturated air? That is literally one of the best scents nature has thrown my way. The smell of the rain having just fed our plants, trees, and grass is described as being one of the most enjoyed natural scents. Personally, I have always enjoyed rain in general, so going outside during or after the storm is so invigorating for me. The smell is so fresh and lively.
- Campfire: Camping was one of my favorite things to do growing up, but thankfully I don’t have to go to a campsite to get a fire going outside. The smell of a campfire has always been surrounded around good times and good people, so you can imagine why I would love it so much. Whether it’s to keep warm, roast marshmallows, or just enjoy company, campfires are always enjoyable, and so is the smell. What isn’t fun, though, is carrying the smell with you in your clothes.
- Lemon Lavender: There is no way I wasn’t going to put this one on my list. I definitely have mentioned this before, but Lemon Lavender is my all-time favorite Yankee Candle scent; you will never not find this candle in my bedroom. It really gives a calming feel to the area, and it makes the room smell clean. (And who doesn’t love cleanliness?) The scents of lavender and lemon alone help with memory, insomnia, depression, stress, concentration, the list goes on and on. Together, the smell is phenomenal, and does wonders for my well-being.
- Freshly washed clothes/sheets: Speaking of cleanliness, here’s one I’m sure everybody loves: the way their clothes and sheets smell (and feel) when you’ve just washed them. They’re warm, they’re soft, and they smell so good. I’m the kind of person that changes their sheets the minute they’ve washed some, because I just want to lay on my clean sheets ASAP; personally, there’s nothing better than going to bed after a long day, and being engulfed in clean sheets. Having clean sheets on your bed makes you so much more comfortable, and gives you peace of mind. It’s also always a great thing to have clean clothes.
- Chlorine: You may wonder why chlorine is one of my favorite smells, and I have one word for you: pools. I have always liked swimming in pools more than swimming in the ocean, and that preference will probably always stick with me. The ocean might be better for my acne, but I loathe sand. The smell of chlorine just makes me think of how much I love to swim and hang around with my family and friends in each other’s pools—especially since that’s where we’d spend the majority of our summers together.
- Gasoline: This is another weird one, and honestly: I have no idea why I like the smell of gasoline so much. It’s not a typical scent people say that they like; it’s not soft or fruity…and inhaling that stuff is horrible for your body. But whenever I’m at a gas station or around people that smell like it, something about the smell of gasoline—one that I just can’t seem to put my finger on—is appealing to me.
Prompt: Write about at least five scents that you love.