My favorite part of yoga class is after the hard work is all done. After the warrior poses, after the arm balances, after the sweat has run in small rivulets down my back.
It is the moment that the yoga teacher places a drop of lavender essential oil in the middle of my forehead. As I lay in Savasana (Corpse Pose) with my eyes closed, my mind is blissfully quiet. The smell of the dry, sun-drenched fields of Provence lulls me into complete relaxation.
I have started keeping a small vial of lavender oil on my desk at work. On days like today, when the to-do list seems to stretch to infinity, I let the smell waft over my cube, close my eyes briefly, and gratefully allow myself to be transported to one of the most beautiful parts of the world: Southern France.
Other than smelling lovely, lavender has many medicinal uses including: soothing anxiety, alleviating headache pain, aiding sleep, and supporting relaxation. So the next time you are caught up in a hectic moment, take a few minutes to yourself - and go on a little trip to Provence.