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Stop to smell the roses…

or the lavender and chamomile the scents of which are known to stimulate production of serotonin the relaxing brain chemical associated with relieving depression.

Essential oils used in aromatherapy such as  Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Neroli, Geranium or Bergamot are also used to induce calm and reduce tension.

Combined with massage, aromatherapy has to be one of the most relaxing and soothing ways to spend an hour of pure indulgent “me” time.

Have a massage (Patrick Lindsay)

Never underestimate the power of touch.
It reassures and soothes,
relaxes and revitalises.
In expert hands, it nourishes and restores body and spirit.
It brings great satisfaction to giver and receiver.

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

One of my favourite poets-Gerard Manley Hopkins-enjoy to Enya’s China Roses

Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things –

For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.
Binsley Poplars, felled 1879

My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,
Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,
All felled, felled, are all felled;
Of a fresh and following folded rank
Not spared, not one
That dandled a sandalled
Shadow that swam or sank
On meadow and river and wind-wandering weed-winding bank.

O if we but knew what we do
When we delve or hew—
Hack and rack the growing green!
Since country is so tender
To touch, her being so slender,
That, like this sleek and seeing ball
But a prick will make no eye at all,
Where we, even where we mean
To mend her we end her,
When we hew or delve:
After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.
Ten or twelve, only ten or twelve
Strokes of havoc unselve
The sweet especial scene,
Rural scene, a rural scene,
Sweet especial rural scene.