Oh, how I wish you could scratch ‘n sniff.
The aroma of jasmine is unmistakable. I used to live in a garden cottage, with my bedroom overlooking a fairyland of wildflowers. My landlady was a master gardener and one of the many trees she planted – strategically, I might add – was night blooming jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum). It sat right beyond my open window, so the smell would often lull me to sleep.
As a certified aromatherapist (yep, I studied the art and science of smells back in that pocket of years between an undergrad degree and “OMG, what am I going to do with my life?”), I know that the smell center of the brain, or limbic system, is also where memories are stored. Which is why familiar scents transport us back instantly to a time and a place we most notably experienced them.
It’s why you’re in grandma’s kitchen when you get a whiff of baked apples and cinnamon. Or why you’re reminded of that dorky high school boyfriend when you pass the Polo cologne at a men’s cosmetic counter. Or why all things grape-scented, from those dreaded fluoride treatments as a kid, have you back in the dentist’s chair, listening to Muzak and staring at motivational ceiling posters.
On a more euphoric note, jasmine is an aroma I hold near and dear to my heart. Happy times. Restorative times. A beautifying elixir for the bath and the soul.
So the next time you pass a patch of jasmine, stop and smell. And if none is growing abundantly near you, here’s a feel-good body blend you can easily hand-craft yourself, using only true certified organic essential oils:
[list]a drop or two of jasmine in the palm of your hand
a drop of juniperberry
a drop or two of bergamot
2 T jojoba carrier oil (or as much as your palm can contain)[/list]
Massage into your dry bits, and luxuriate.