January 24, 2016

Using Your Sense of Smell during Respiratory Distress - Ginger and Other Aromatics

I've been down for the count this past week, there's something bad and tenacious going around. Unfortunately I could not go near true perfume at all, with heavy respiratory symptoms instantly triggered.

That said, I found aromas that were beneficial and soothing. Eucalyptus, Lavender, Honey, Lemon and Ginger, Peppermint and Raspberry, as teas or steams or inhalants, or fragranced warm compresses for the face.  Clove and Lemon essential oils are nice to drop into hot water and drink, as their scent comes up from behind the nose and sweetens the moment, especially if the soothing scent and feel of honey has been dissolved within.

Scented shower gels and soaps have also been a comforting olfactory support, as the hot water joins with a mild version of a therapeutic scent like Eucalyptus.

Below follows a re-posted piece on Ginger from 2006, slightly modified, as readers may not have seen it before, and it might be useful for those unfortunates who have or are about to be hit by the current respiratory plague. It's been spreading like wildfire.

It's an old fashioned kind of illness, putting you in a position to understand more fully the stories and lives of the past.  As a virus there is no treatment, only symptom management, so very 19th Century. If you can deal with it, it's a good time to read or re-read the Victorian era classics, like the BrontĂ« sisters, or or Dickens, or maybe the old Russian novels.


Ginger has a great tonic and uplifting effect. Have about four pieces of dried candied ginger, with most of the sugar brushed off. It's like drinking strong coffee without the caffeine. It has a similar stimulant effect as coffee on the body and brain; you become more alert.
Ginger played by Tina Louise on Gilligan's Island

It's effective and fragrant for headaches, indigestion and motion sickness, both on land and sea.

Ginger tea is good for morning sickness or anyone experiencing unpleasant symptoms due to the flu, and also excellent for coughs and colds. It actually works when many other over the counter symptom controlling drugs do not.

For a heavy cough, fresh ginger root is cut, peeled and boiled in plain water for about three minutes, with the strained liquid sweetened with a little raw honey. A tea cup's worth will provide a few cough-free hours until you can drink another cup.

It also clears the sinuses and some claim it can control the symptoms of asthma. It is strong, and tastes something like cognac or whiskey.

It makes a refreshing fragrance and if citrus notes were added such as bergamot or lemon,  truly stimulating and energizing, with aroma therapeutic properties that promote focus and alertness.

Consider Ginger Grant, (above) as played by Tina Louise on Gilligan's Island. Her name and red hair bespoke a fiery nature that helped keep those castaways engaged and motivated on that small desert island.

She's a good representative of the virtues of Ginger essence.


I'll be back soon with something completely new. I have an abundance of and a growing backlog of wonderful perfumes to write about.

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Suzy Dickson said...

I hope you feel better! I love your blog and am sharing it in a new FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndiePerfumeLovers/

Lucy Raubertas said...

Thanks Suzy, yes I am getting better apace. Will check out the group on FB. Thanks for your interest.