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Scent Memory: Lemongrass & Peppermint Healing.

April 7, 2011

Three years ago, a dear friend took me to her favorite spa. I was hurting emotionally and in need of some spiritual renewal.

We both believe in energy and angels. We look beyond the visible. We know that touch is a powerful tool for healing. For shifting. For opening.

Before the treatment, the masseuse asked me about my well-being. I admitted that I was depressed and looking for hope. She was kind and generous. Her presence was comforting.

My friend and I changed into plush robes and drank tea in a Moroccan inspired lounge while waiting for our appointments. We curled up in the softest blankets on an oversized couch and watched flames dance in the fireplace.

I was escorted to my room where I undressed and laid down on the table. I exhaled deeply and prepared myself to be repaired. Touched. Comforted.

My therapist had created a special blend that was at once familiar and invigorating. The lemongrass soothed while the peppermint awoke my inner yearnings. I felt restored. I could see glimmers of possibility.

Before leaving, she took me aside. She told me to hold onto the memory of the scent mixture. She told me that when I felt myself being pulled under, I should try to remember the smell.

The combination of peppermint & lemongrass is now inextricably linked to hope blossoming.

I remember that massage often; lemongrass could be the national scent of Cambodia. I burn lemongrass incense and peppermint oil in my home. My favorite spa in Siem Reap even offers a lemongrass and peppermint aromatherapy massage.

I’m surrounded by a scent reminder that things get better.


This post was inspired by a prompt from The Red Dress Club: For many of us a scent or a sound can bring back a rush of remembrances. Describe a sound or smell that reminds you of your past.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2011 4:04 am

    Ill have to try that. I have a thing for lavender and eucalyptus myself.
    Scents are so amazing in their power.

    • April 7, 2011 7:33 am

      lavender + eucalyptus sounds divine! i want to try that.

  2. April 8, 2011 9:47 am

    Agreed – lemongrass could certainly be the scent of Cambodia. Lemongrass and ginger! Love it.
    ❤ Jewel

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