Aromatherapy for those on a budget, Part 1

Everyone I know has different ways of alleviating stress. Some like to indulge in a day at a spa. Others make every payday a time to go out for dinner or a martini after work. Others like to rent a movie and get lost in the story.

I’ve found aromatherapy to have some very positive effects when I am stressed. I’ve remembered how a trip to the Chanel counter at any department store can bring back memories of my paternal Grandmother and her sister whenever I catch a whiff of Chanel no. 5. Along with those memories the feeling of being loved and cared for always returned to me.

Recently, I’ve gone on long walks early in the morning to be an even better altnernative to sniffing fragrances in a department store. A long walk not only alleviates stress but causes me to feel lighter and more fluid the more I am out and about. The benefit is that in early morning and late evening there are a wide variety of fragrances and aromas that can act as a natural form of aromatherapy. Whenever I smell roses heavy with dewdrops or rain drops, I recall my maternal Grandmother’s garden full of roses, marigolds and basil. The scent of fresh tomatoes travelling through an open kitchen window reminds me of Sundays when my maternal Grandmother made sauce for the family dinner.

Memories and scents can therefore act as a way for us to relax naturally. My goal in the next few postings is to show ways in which those on a limited budget can also benefit from aromatherapy whether it is provided by Mother Nature or obtained at a very reasonable cost.

Vanilla candle by Old Williamsburgh Candle and Life Style sandalwood incense purchased at D&D Variety.

Even though I work from home, I still get stressed some days by a variety of things going on around me. I’ve started burning a vanilla candle and some sandalwood incense after I end my work session for the day. As I clean-up my ktchen before dinner, the fragrance permeates the entire apartment and I feel as if a calm and peaceful time is underway. I find the layering of these two scents very soothing.

Packaging for the Old Williamsburgh Candle.

The candle cost only $1.49 and the bonus is that these candles are made right here in Brooklyn! I’m all for shopping local and even more so for supporting local businesses.

Life Style incense and burner.

The Life Style incense comes with its own burner. The label says, “Life Style…Return from work. Let’s stay in the atmosphere of sandalwood to eliminate the tiredness.” Although there is no country of origin on the labeling, the quality of the incense reminds me of the more expensive brands I used to buy from China and Japan. The sandalwood fragrance is very rich.

The candle was $1.49 and the incense cost $2.00 Considering how relaxed I feel when these fragrances work their magic on my senses, I think I got a very, very good buy.

Plus, I’m relaxed and alert. A Dirty Martini in a Manhattan or Downtown Brooklyn hipster bar could cost me upwards of $8-9 each.

I bought the candle and incense at D&D Variety Store, 11th Avenue near 64th Street in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.

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Please note: I am not affiliated with any manufacturer or store.

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