Scent Memory: Lemongrass & Peppermint Healing.
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.