Lemon trees blooming in the summer; damp earth after rain; jasmine flowers at night. Scent transports us to every lovely place we have ever been. In a direct path to the memory, the smells that bring us face to face with our past persuade our brains that time stands still, and that somehow, everything is possible.
Smell is perhaps the most emotional of all our senses, and we exude the most subtle of scents when we are happy, sexy, comfortable, sad, and vulnerable. Animals instinctively understand this, and just like them, when we are in love let's say, we give off specific chemical signals that include almost imperceptible scents. When we borrow the fragrance of a flower, we are borrowing its "language" so to speak, enticing what we want closest to us. And, if we know what scents will help us exude everything from confidence to sensuality, happiness and success, our lives are greatly enhanced in the simplest and most direct way.
Amy Galper, founder of the New York Institute of Aromatherapy, herself an aromatherapist extraordinaire and my teacher of nearly a year, knows that aromatic oils can literally change our lives, not only in environments like our workplaces and private spaces like our bedrooms, but our inner selves, which is where the inspiration of daring starts.
The way of the aromatic path is blooming marvelous, uplifting, and best of all, you'll be making magical things happen to you. Breathe it all in, and remember to relax into the fragrant rainbow you're creating—it might just be the metaphor for the world we cannot see that persuades our psyche to behave in concert with our goals.
Here, Amy gives us five simple recipes to put our minds in the most positive frame, which is when we give off a powerful magical aura to attract exactly what we are seeking.
Aroma for Attraction
5 drops of ylang ylang + 10 drops of atlas cedarwood + 10 drops of sweet orange in a base of 1 ounce of sunflower oil
Ylang ylang is a beautifully aromatic flower with aphrodisiac properties that also balance the hormones, key when you want to attract! Sweet orange uplifts instantly and increases circulation, while atlas cedarwood is the grounding male, earthy energy that's the perfect complement to the feminine ylang ylang.
How to use: Rub on your heart center, lower belly, around your neck, and back of your knees.
Aroma for Confidence
10 drops of rosemary + 20 drops of lavender + 10 drops of peppermint in a 2-ounce spray bottle of distilled water
Rosemary imbues us with positivity, peppermint the clarity to get the engine moving so to speak, and lavender promotes feelings of security, peace, and balance.
How to use: Mist liberally and breathe in deeply for a boost of confidence anytime.
Aroma for Success
8 drops of lemon + 8 drops of frankincense + 6 drops of fennel in a 1-ounce blend of grapeseed oil
To attract any kind of success and intention, you need to be aligned with your highest vibration so all the forces of the universe conspire to be in alignment for you. Resinous frankincense brings in higher wisdom and self-belief, fennel promotes flow, which is key for success, and lemon is the bright and detoxifying clarifier—you don't want negativity around when you're in a space of manifestation.
How to use: Rub on pulse points and on your crown chakra.
Aroma for Health
3 drops of eucalyptus + 20 drops of grapefruit + 3 drops of ginger in a 2-ounce spray bottle of distilled water
In the summer we all need an extra boost of immunity as our social lives are literally in full bloom, and we run from one air-conditioned space to another. This fortifying blend of antiviral eucalyptus, warming ginger, and strength-promoting grapefruit can literally stop you from succumbing to illness.
How to use: Mist liberally and often on yourself and in all your personal spaces.
Aroma for Sleep
3 drops of vetiver + 20 drops of lavender + 3 drops of chamomile in a 1-ounce base of almond oil
Aromatic oils and herbs calm the spirit, a powerful combination to induce a peaceful sleep. Vetiver soothes the nerves and reduces anger; chamomile is soothing and relaxing while lavender counters emotional exhaustion and balances the psyche.
How to use: Rub on lower back, shoulders, neck, and jawline.