Nothing, oh but nothing at all, alters the atmosphere faster than scent. Last night I returned home to find that Alice had been rooting in the bin and the entire house absolutely reeked of Quorn mince and vacuum cleaner dust. Oh joy. There’s one aromatic blend I won’t be recommending in a hurry.
After banishing said naughty kitten to her room, I set about restoring fragrant order: opening windows and doors, lighting
?I first discovered the joy of the aromatherapy diffuser when I owned a darling little two story home store called Rooms, when I was twenty three. Filled to the rafters with painted furniture, scented candles, table linen, art and much other loveliness, I was inspired by Anita Roddick to let the scent of my shop waft out into the little covered arcade in which it was situated, to entice the twitchy noses of the local floral-loving ladies inside…
Since then I have always used aromatherapy burners in the house and thoroughly enjoy the ritual of carrying my fragrance basket around with me, pouring the water in, mixing up a suitable blend for the required benefit or atmosphere required and lighting the
At school, Finley’s classroom is fragranced by one of three Ayurvedic oils in an electric burner throughout the day and I can’t even begin to tell you how heavenly it is to pop in and see his teacher first thing in the morning, ?and to notice the change in scent and mood at the end of the day. While I can’t really speak for the benefits it has on the mood or behavior of the children, I do know that diffusing these very time-specific scents offers a sense of place to the school that could equally be applied within our own four walls to create the same kind of fragrant memory.
?While I recognize that an electric burner is the safest option in school and I have myself dabbled with various electric diffusers, I personally, still prefer a deep dish water burner. Though I have long used Body Shop oil burners, ?I recently discovered one in a tiny boutique locally that has a lovely cream ceramic deep dish that lifts out from above the
The most important thing to remember when using a burner is to keep the water topped up regularly while the
Fragrant, homely bliss.?