Dreamers and seekers to our core, we embrace every opportunity to jet off to far-flung destinations and immerse ourselves in local culture (treatments, healers, and apothecaries always included). Travel not only awakens us to new experiences and fills our memory banks—it creates opportunities for self-discovery and personal development that extends far beyond the actual trip. But it’s possible to initiate this deep learner within yourself every day, without setting foot on a plane. The exploration begins with scent.
The skin is a sense organ—the gateway to healing. Essential oils reflect a plant's bioenergetic and psycho-spiritual fingerprints; they act as a mirror to attune and expand and provide a vehicle for self-exploration. Consider our balms; intentional and multifaceted in physical function as well as olfactory design. Each ingredient is chosen for its ability to nourish the skin, but also to engage the senses, enabling an experience that takes the form of a meditation of sorts, activating your mind, body, and spirit on a deeper level.
Is it esoteric? Yes. But stay with us for a moment. Take our Kashmir body balm, a nuanced, ethereal fragrance that pulsates with quiet feminine power. It features the signature notes of sandalwood and patchouli, two ingredients with fascinatingly complex identities.
Sandalwood has been valued for its medicinal properties for centuries; studies tout its sedative and sleep aid benefits, and research has even shown it to have chemo-preventative effects. With a theme of hidden wisdom, it’s associated with the sacral, solar plexus, and crown chakras and lends itself to feelings of decisiveness, expansiveness, and lucidity. Sandalwood has a clarifying effect on the mind during periods of stress or insecurity and is said to be grounding for those who have suffered depression or emotional neglect, and those who feel detached from their physical bodies.
From a skincare standpoint, patchouli possesses anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, and recent studies suggest it may even aid the prevention and treatment of skin photoaging. Traditionally used to treat ailments including nausea, abdominal pain, and fatigue, it is woman’s remedy at its core. In fact, patchouli’s essence is “changeability with softness,” and it has been incorporated into spiritual rituals and magical rites since ancient times. It possesses is a childlike quality—shifting, changeable, sometimes vulnerable—yet its fragrance matures with age. Thus, it does not counteract this child-ness but helps to contextualize it as a valuable characteristic. Patchouli calls to those who are stressed, hyperactive, and tense to the point of losing touch with their physical bodies and sensual pleasure. It grounds, balances mood swings, heals wounds, and encourages of sense of well-being and contentment.
So, as you cocoon your body in a veil of Kashmir on the dawn of another day or before a restorative night of sleep—take the moment. Breathe deeply. Ask yourself the questions: where am I, and where do I want to go? Then open your mind, embrace the experience, and take the ride.
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