Over the last few months, I have really gotten into aromatherapy. I have no idea whether it really “works” for me or not, but I am a fragrance junkie, and I enjoy the scents. Certain scents like lavender or lavender blends are definitely relaxing and soothing for me. I enjoy orange or citrus scent because they smell so good and cheerful. I don’t know if other herbal scents really sharpen my intellect or my memory, but I enjoy them just as attractive or interesting scents.
A zillion years ago when I first saw the movie, Rosemary’s Baby (did you see it? if you haven’t, you really should!), I remember that Rosemary (aka Mia Farrow) was given a necklace to wear during her pregnancy that contained the fictitious tannis root, a made-up herb that had a pungent smell and devilish properties.
The necklace has always appealed to me, so when I found out that there were aromatherapy versions, I had to have one (though mine is not a replica).
I went to Etsy and Amazon to look, and I discovered that Amazon had the best variety. As you may know, I love hearts, so I decided on the Heart Lava Stone Aromatherapy Pendant Necklace priced at about $10.
It has a sturdy clasp opening.
It came with a removable black lava ball inside that absorbs essential oil.
I don’t know if it’s possible to really wash the scent out of the lava ball (some websites say to soak it in dish liquid), but on Amazon, the lava balls are sold very inexpensively.
I love the Heart Lava Stone Aromatherapy Pendant silvertone necklace. I have Amazon Prime so I got free shipping and it arrived in two days. It’s definitely more than worth the price. It’s both sturdy and attractive.
Since I have only the one lava ball right now, I wanted to choose wisely my first essential oil to try it out. I went through the aromatherapy essential oils that I own, and I wasn’t sure which one or ones I would want to wear. Yesterday while Jeff was away for the weekend visiting his older daughter in Atlanta, I decided to go to Newburyport, a seaside town with cute touristy shops about 30 miles away and get an early start on holiday shopping. I actually bought 3 holiday gifts and one birthday gift so I thought I did pretty well. While I was in one store that sold women’s clothing, accessories and home decor, I noticed a display of essential oils. I tried a few, and I ended up splurging on one from BC Essentials, essential oils handmade by an artisan in the next town.
The essential oil blend I chose is called Intrigue, and I think it’s aptly named. To me, it smells like a combination of some kind of cherry cocktail mixed with cigar smoke. I know, that doesn’t sound very appealing, lol! But somehow it works. I looked up the ingredients when I got home, and I was surprised to find out that it is a combination of vetiver and vanilla – I never would have guessed it! Vetiver is a somewhat masculine scent, related to lemongrass, described as earthy, balsamy-woody (the cigar smoke?), and vanilla is vanilla. Don’t know how I got cherry cocktail and cigar smoke, but there you go.
I haven’t diffused Intrigue yet, but I decided it was just the thing for my aromatherapy necklace. I dropped a couple of drops from the orifice reducer (the plastic top that’s an alternative to a traditional dropper) onto the lava ball with a napkin underneath since a bit of the oil spilled over. The ball seemed a little oily afterwards so I’m waiting a day before I wear it as I don’t want to stain my clothes.
There were two other scents from BC Essentials that I was interested in trying another time: Cinnfully-Vanilla (a blend of cinnamon and vanilla) and Dreamsicle (blend of vanilla and orange essential oils). Although I’m big on vanilla, there are lots of other non-vanilla choices. Each handmade scent is $16 for 0.5 fl.oz./15 ml, so I consider them sort of a splurge (though I know that some essential oils are $30+!). Check out Bev’s BC Essentials website. In addition to natural essential oils, she makes room diffusers (the kind with sticks) and diffuser oil as well as natural body and face oils and lotions.
Have you tried aromatherapy jewelry? Have you seen Rosemary’s Baby?