Thursday

Aromatherapy Spice Up Your Romance

Now it is time for us all to consider adding some aromatherapy in with our romance reading because the combination of these two activities will change the way you think of relaxation forever! Like most of you, I thought I had a good idea of what aromatherapy was, but it turns out that my idea was a tad off. According to the New Age Spiritual Dictionary, aroma therapy is: "The art of healing and wellness using essential oils and oil blends."

Hmmm... now I was just thinking that it was setting a little mood with a nice scented candle or something.

Yes, if you get technical about it, aromatherapy is indeed more of an alternative form of medicine than just burning some incense or candles. But hey, therapy can involve the body or the mind.

Personally, the soothing scent given off by a nice candle or stick of incense is just what the doctor ordered when trying to shake off a hard day at work or when I am attempting to forget all about that visit to the mother-in-law’s house over the holidays!

Therefore, consider aromatherapy to be nothing more than setting a nice relaxing atmosphere by filling the air with something that smells nice to you. No more, no less. It may not be up to snuff according to the New Age Spiritual Dictionary, but I won’t tell if you won’t!

Now, what on earth does any of this have to do with reading a romance novel?

In a word: EVERYTHING.

A romance novel offers the reader a chance to escape into a safe but exciting world of the author’s creation. Generally, the writer spends a good deal of energy trying to create the right tone and mood for the novel.

No matter how gifted that person may or may not be with the written word, however, nothing can get those romantic juices flowing quite like some exotic scent.

If you really want to get serious about setting the right atmosphere for your romance novel, try to match the scent with some particular idea from the romance novel. If, for instance, you are reading a romance novel that is set in some tropical locale, try lighting a candle or stick of incense with a coconut scent.

Just try lighting the candle or incense about fifteen minutes before reading and see if it does not help make the transition from reality to fantasy easier than you could have ever imagined!

Truthfully, it really doesn’t matter if you try to match the scent with some idea from the book or not. The point is not really to overly complicate things but just to add a little depth to the romance reading experience.

It is like dimming the lights when watching a movie on your DVD player or VCR. We all know that we are not in a movie theatre but we still like dimming those lights, don’t we?

Well, lighting a candle or a stick of incense is exactly the same idea as dimming the lights only, well, more practical!

Setting the right mood is essential if you are to really enjoy your romance reading experience. We all know how impossible it is to read something and really get into the book if we have our minds on other things or if we are angry or something.

Lighting a few candles is both romantic and soothing which is why it will help you get into those pages and allow the book to draw you into its embrace and show you a world that is everything you could have ever dreamed.

So the next time you are ready to cozy up on the couch with a great romance novel just be sure to light a candle or stick of incense first and allow the aroma to whisk you away into that world created by your favorite author!

Hey, at the very least, the place will smell great when you are done reading—so what harm could it do?

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