Love, Health

Every big or small event in my life can be linked to a particular scent I had on me, at that point in time

But as I grew up, I realized it became a lot more than just an obsession with perfumes or scented candles. It became a way of life.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been able to associate my sense of smell strongly with memories, ideas, thoughts, and life events. I don’t know if it’s just me or this is something everyone can relate to, but aromatherapy has always been a form of self-care for me – whether I realized it or not.

I was always a fan of fragrances, perfumes, scented candles, essential oils and the like and they’ve always been a huge part of my life.

As a kid, I used to hunt my mother’s closet and spray all her perfumes on myself at once – and then be mesmerized and relish the various smells I’d doused myself with. It was honestly nauseating, but also, a lot of fun. Back then it was just an infatuation with interesting smells and fascinating fragrances. It wasn’t anything that I ever thought would help me. 

But as I grew up, I realized it became a lot more than just an obsession with perfumes or scented candles. It became a way of life.

It became a lot more than just an obsession with perfumes or scented candles. It became a way of life. Click To Tweet

After a hard day at school, I’d often come home and burn my favorite scented candle to calm my senses. If I had a fight with a friend, I’d take deep breaths of my jasmine perfume oil and I’d instantly feel better (this is something I still do).

Aromatherapy helped me combat my anxiety and depression. It even helped me deal with the loss of a loved one. I lost my grandfather to cancer in 2010, but I still find repose in the perfumes he gifted me. I get vivid flashbacks of my time with him every time I smell them – and it makes me feel like he’s right here with me.

Aromatherapy even helped me deal with the loss of a loved one Click To Tweet

Every big or small event in my life can be linked to a particular perfume/scented candle/essential oil I had on me, at that point in time.

When I entered college, I was an anxious mess for the first few months. I was confused, scattered, and lonely. But I found peace in this Body Shop perfume I was using, and it still manages to soothe me on my worst days.

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This may not seem important in the wider scheme of things but when I have to deal with something particularly disturbing, I find comfort in the memories of the past, which I can easily access thanks to aromatherapy.

I find comfort in the memories of the past I can easily access thanks to aromatherapy. Click To Tweet

Aromatherapy also serves as a form of self-care when I’m traveling, especially when I’m returning home. I love traveling so, every time I’ve traveled to another country or even another city within my country, I’ve made it a point to buy a perfume or a scented candle as a reminder of the journey and the experience.

Upon returning from my most recent trip, which was to Dubai, I found comfort in a scented candle I purchased from Bath & Body Works there. Every time I burn the candle, the sweet and warm fragrance that fills my room reminds me of the amazing vacation I had with my family there and for a few minutes, I completely forget about whatever may have been bothering me.

I feel my senses awaken when I turn to aromatherapy for help. It stimulates my body in such a way that I have no choice, but to get distracted and divert my attention completely to the beautiful smell that envelopes me, in that moment.

I feel my senses awaken when I turn to aromatherapy for help. Click To Tweet

Aromatherapy has worked in a million miraculous ways to provide me with happiness and relaxation, which is an essential form of self-care. Self-care is now a vital part of my life now because I’ve learned its importance. Aromatherapy and other forms of self-care keep me going even on my worst days and reminds me that everything isn’t as bad as it seems.

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That’s the power of self-care if you let it help you. It’s really important to find what works for you and then allow it to work in your favor – the process might be slow but it’s worth it. 

Arushi Tandon

Arushi Tandon

Graduate in Sociology honours from the University of Delhi. Cries over Harry Potter and BTS on the daily and brainstorms about destroying systematic forms of oppression simultaneously.

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