Thursday, May 10, 2012

Smell that Good Chi!

Utilizing Aromas

to Bring Happiness


Feng Shui

This guest blog post is reprinted with the permission of feng shui consultant & author Marina Lighthouse.

When looking at Feng Shui, we look at the tangible and the intangible elements. While skeptics often have difficulty believing in the unseen, we all know that these factors affect our senses constantly. Sound is unseen, as is the subject of our newsletter: Scent.

Scent continuously tells us, through attraction and repulsion, how to navigate safely through our environment. We are repulsed by foul odors and drawn to sweet aromas. When we are placed in man-made environments where natural aromas are absent, we become disconnected from nature, unbalanced and out of sync. With pleasant fragrances, even using a scant amount can make a huge difference for the better. This holds true whether it is food, flowers or an association of a particular scent with an event or person. We all know the smell of our loved ones.

Essential oils such as orange, lemon or tea tree have been used for thousands of years. A potpourri of rose, lavender or sandalwood can often add a touch of nature to an otherwise synthetic environment.

Aromatic foods with spices or herbs wafting in from the kitchen can stir anyone and can be particularly useful with the elderly or the infirm to awaken their appetites. In real estate, nothing makes a house feel more like a home than preparing fresh baked cookies before potential buyers arrive, subliminally bringing the message of warmth and welcome.

You may find yourself in a situation where a temporary feng shui adjustment is needed. If staying in a hotel room, an easy and quick remedy would be to bring in some fresh fruit or flowers. Not only will it personalize and beautify the room, but it will also bring a subtle aroma to the space. Sometimes, by repeating a small, quiet action like adjusting the scent, you can create as much effect on the Feng Shui as a huge adjustment.