When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness.I would almost say that they save me, and daily.I am so distant from the hope of myself, in which I have goodness, and discernment, and never hurry … Continue reading Forest Bathing
Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?-Neltje Blanchan What does spring smell like to you? So many fragrances come to mind for me, like rain, earth, moldy leaves, Mayday blossoms....just to name a few. In Calgary, where I live, spring reveals itself slowly - taking time to fully open itself after … Continue reading The scent of spring
The gorgeous sweet floral scent of Mayday trees is everywhere in my neighbourhood this week. Besides lilacs, it is one of my favourite scents of spring. Even though they are so aromatic, both Mayday and lilac blossoms - as well as many other beautiful florals (like peonies) - do not produce an essential oil. However, … Continue reading Are fragrance oils natural?
When we want to focus exclusively on a beautiful piece of music or taste an exquisite handmade piece of chocolate, we often close our eyes. Why? Closing our eyes shuts out visual distraction and we are able to bring our focus inward to heighten the sensory experience. We can approach smell in much the same way. As … Continue reading Experiencing scent
Have you ever had the experience of smelling something and being transported back to another time in your life? For me the smell of sweet peas is linked to a memory of returning home from summer camp when I was 14 years old. I was desperately home sick for the entire two weeks. My mom … Continue reading Our sense of smell