Blog Update!
For those of you not following me on Facebook, as of the Summer of 2019 I've moved to Central WA, to a tiny mountain town of less than 1,000 people.

I will be covering my exploits here in the Cascades, as I try to further reduce my impact on the environment. With the same attitude, just at a higher altitude!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Aromatherapy run

Lovely lavenderThis morning's run at 5:30 a.m. was met with light showers after raining fairly solid for a while. It was a nice break from the steamy humidity of the last few days and the best part was all the scents that came alive as the plants got watered.

On my way back I ran by a huge rosemary bush and made sure to run my left hand through it to pick up some of the oils. The smell reminded me of Thanksgiving with rosemary and sage stuffed turkey. Quite a difference from our recent summertime meals.

Closer to home were several clusters of lavender. This time I ran my right hand through the purple blossoms, capturing the scent of Provence, my favorite soap and some of my favorite lavender-laced foods.

I can't say that this aroma-faire helped me run any faster, but it did at least transport me away for a moment, invoking some part of the pleasure center of my brain.


Anonymous said...


One of the joys of living in the Pacific NW is just that -- the beauty of just walking through my neighborhood or a local park. I wasn't raised here so to me, it never gets old when I walk out my driveway to go for my walk and there is the sun coming up over Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson and I can see the Cascade Mountain range and all the flowers and the valley -- it is so beautiful. I have roses in my yard (who doesn't here) and yesterday I was divebombed by a curious hummingbird as I set out.

It also serves as a reminder (to me) to pray for those less fortunate. I always think of women in Afghanistan/Iraq (and otehrs) who aren't worried about if they weigh 5 lbs too much and they can't even leave their houses because of the war and other puts things in perspective for me big time. I am a very lucky woman and I need to do more for others who aren't so lucky.

We are very blessed to have such beauty to exercise in -- and I am reminded of that every day as I begin my walk.


PS: Provence is my favorite lavendar varietal too!

Catherine said...

This brought back memories! When I first started joggin about 10 years ago I made a route based on where the lavendar plants were. I love that smell!

QT said...

I love those plants! They do not grow well here in my Zone 4, and I miss my western WA garden sometimes...

Unknown said...

Ah, so jealous. If I were to run my hand out while running here in NYC, it would be met with the lovely scent of homeless person + garbage truck.