Tuesday, May 11, 2010
aromatherapy field trip
Steve and I recently took a trip into Houston. We were headed for the Museum of Natural Science but would up making a little detour before visiting the museum. Across the street from the Museum, located at One Hermann Street, is a garden that is open to the public. One part of the garden is an Aromatic Garden. Filled with raised beds of mints, culinary herbs, rosemary and other aromatics it is truly a delight for the senses.
We wandered through the beds delighting in the plantings and stroking the different plants to release their scents, admiring how many different kinds of mints and basils and thymes, and more there are. The smell, the texture, the setting all combined to make a very relaxing and delightful stroll. I confess that my hands smelled quite delicious by the time we were done.
Next door to the Aromatic Garden is the Rose Garden. Abounding with blooms of all sizes and colors we wandered from bed to bed exclaiming over the different colors and scents. Some of the showiest roses had no scent at all while some were so overpoweringly perfume-y that one small sniff was more than enough.
I could feel my blood pressure dropping and a sense of calm envelop me as we enjoyed both of these gardens. It was a moment of mindful meditation. Even now, thinking about them as I write I find a peaceful feeling rising forth. Such is the power of scent and beauty that it can help us to slow down and enjoy the moment. Not for nothing do we have the phrase "take time to smell the roses."
While I have aromatic herbs in my garden I'm now considering adding some roses to I can recreate a small dose of the experience we had this morning for those days when I can't get all the way into the city. If you have a small corner of your garden available you might want to consider doing the same.
photo courtesy of Stan Shebs | Wikimedia Commons