A terrifying event awakened Yael Alkalay to the power creating a scent-scape in your home has to inspire positivity.
For Yael Alkalay, scent has been a lifesaver—literally. “It was a smell that rescued me from devastation,” she says, referring to a calamitous accident she had in her 20s while skiing in the French Alps. The trauma from the fall was so bad, it caused Yael to experience a stroke. This, in turn, led her to lose the ability to speak and the ability to use her hands. “What ultimately woke me up in the hospital was a friend washing my hair with a very pepperminty shampoo,” she says. “The scent of mint brought me back to life.”
“I want everyone to experience the health benefits of scent daily”
Use naturally abundant scents to create transitions between spaces, set a mood and create a positive atmosphere.
Scent is so personal that part of coming home, being at home or hosting guests into your home should always feel welcoming. The way things smell is also seasonal and unique experience depending on the natural environment you are surrounded by. Aromatics by the sea are spiked by the salty air, in humid climates they are stronger because they linger in the air and the opposite for dry desert environments.
The most important factor to consider in scenting a space is to remember that scent goes straight into the limbic system and can influence mood and energy, trigger “feel good” hormones, impact productivity, memory, pleasure, drive and outlook. Selecting scent for your home and any space that you spend time in should be approached thoughtfully.
Scents are vibrational, meaning that smell has a vibrational frequency based on its molecular structure - rose for example is very dynamic with over 130 molecules that together create one of the most wonderful sensory experiences. Scent has also traditionally been used to bring in new direction, cleanse a space of energy, add a blessing, refocus attention, draw in positivity - its powers are endless. We recommend keeping a cabinet of curiosities dedicated to aromatic candles and mists to draw from and pair together and to keep the long-lasting and generously scented diffusers as a welcoming core. Aromatherapy has well-documented health benefits and brings immense pleasure.