A fond memory comes to mind as I’m writing this post. Back at university, my roommate Trish brought home a pretty peppermint – scented candle, which she lit to stimulate her thinking cap. The smell of peppermint, apparently, causes one to be more alert hence it’s great for those who wish to stay awake longer to study.
Drawing inspiration from that, I bought a curious device for my bedroom yesterday. It’s a ceramic jar-like thing with a vessel on top and a hollow center that cost me about PHP50. Being quite clueless, I asked the sales attendant how this was used. The answer was simple: Just pour some essential oil on the vessel, then put a lighted tealight candle in the hollow below. The heat from the candle will cause the oil to evaporate thus infusing its environment with scent.
With that bottle of scent almost finished, I think I’m going to buy more. My aunt is quite a fan of aromatherapy but I never really dabbled in it until now. I realized that it’s quite delightful to go home to a sweet-smelling room.
Still thinking about what scent to get next but here’s a list of the different scents out there and their attributes:
Lemon – energizing and disinfecting
Lavender – stress-relieving, promotes peace
Rose – soothing and calming
Nutmeg – helps those with sleep difficulties
Peppermint – energizer and helps combat tiredness
Ginger – another energizer scent but also helps fight nausea
Basil – improves concentration
Sandalwood – exudes inner peace and harmony
Chamomile – promotes sleep and meditation
Eucalyptus – potent decongestant so good for people with clogged noses
I wonder what vanilla does. It’s my favorite scent ever and I’m hoping I find a bottle of vanilla essential oil somewhere. 🙂
P.S. This is only effective in small rooms. A larger room might need an air purifier to better diffuse the scent. 🙂