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Using Scents to Soothe the Senses

Did you know that flavor is actually a result of aroma? Our mouths are equipped with taste buds on our tongues and palates that determine whether foods are sweet, bitter, sour, salty, savory, and fatty. With our sense of touch, we can also detect other qualities—temperature, spiciness, and textures like creaminess and crunchiness.

But, how else can scent benefit us? Spas use aromatherapy and essential oils to help several conditions. Certain aromas are said to relieve pain, improve mood, and promote a sense of relaxation. In Ayurveda, we believe our senses are constantly digesting information and scent is a powerful tool we don't normally think to incorporate into our lives. Take pumpkin, for example. It's an excellent source of vitamin A, a retinoid considered to be the best age fighter. It helps reduce wrinkles, soften rough patches, and fade sun and age spots, which is why you can find it in so many skin-care products.

Put pumpkin to the test by trying these do-it-yourself facials and milk bath. Make the most of this fall season with these pumpkin-related recipes that are sure to stimulate your senses!

Pumpkin Face Mask

  • 1 Tbsp cooked pumpkin (canned organic is perfect)

  • 1 tsp raw honey

  • 1 tsp vitamin E (optional), from soft gel capsules

Mash together all the ingredients and apply. Leave on skin about 15 minutes, and rinse with cool water and facial cleanser.

Pumpkin Pie Milk Bath.

If you just can't get enough of the season's scents, try this delicious scented and relaxing bath.

  • 5 Cup dry milk powder

  • ½ Cup ground oatmeal (reduces vata and reduces dryness & irritation)

  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice (grounds the senses)

Mix ingredients and add to your bath for a delicious skin-softening, dry-skin-relieving, circulation-improving spa treatment.

Ask me about other ways to promote a sense of relaxation. I'm happy to share how I unwind and celebrate the glorious fall season's popular scents and aromas.

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