THE SCENT OF A WOMAN

For those who missed my Fresh Fiction blog in May, I’m repeating it here.

In my newest book, His Second Chance at Forever, (Book #1 in the Santa Barbara Sunsets trilogy) I write about a nurse practitioner who has different ideas from her brooding doc boss. In fact, it’s a main source of conflict between them right off. One of the fun things I included in a small secondary thread was how Claire Albright believes in alternative approaches to medical care for all-around wellbeing. She also believes in the calming effect of certain essential oils. Jason is clueless, and at first, more than a little skeptical.

For those who aren’t familiar with essential oils, they are concentrated forms of plants and flowers that are often used in massage therapy and aroma therapy. From my perspective, they are heavenly. More and more people are discovering them, too. What about you?

FYI: Breathing in essential oils goes to the part of the brain that is linked to emotions. Good ones. The soothing scents tend to cause a positive reaction in mood, blood pressure, and heart rate to name a few.

If you suffer from white coat syndrome (fear of seeing your doctor) you might appreciate how Claire set up soothing aroma therapy in the office waiting room without consent. Risking her new job, she uses Lavender, Frankincense, and wild orange at one point, and Lavender, Ylang-Ylang, and rosemary another time for the sake of nerves about seeing a doctor. Jason Rogers didn’t understand what was going on, but the patients liked the change, and the benefit was calmer people with which to deal. Win-win, right?

At another point in the book, I mention how Jason, a man who is permanently grumpy because of a heartbreaking reason, discovers that Claire often smells like cinnamon, and, like it or not, the scent is appealing to him. So much so, he can’t get her out of his head. Not a bad side effect, right? Soon, Jason lets his guard down and asks Claire to coffee. So, unbeknownst to Claire, her choice of alternative treatments for herself opened the door to romance.

Not to go too technical, but did you know that the antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory properties? This is another tidbit I enjoyed researching while writing this book, so load that stuff on your oatmeal, cereal, or smoothies all you want!

IT ALL STARTED WITH A SCENT

When Jason notices and likes Claire’s scent, he doesn’t realize she smells that way because she uses it as part of her Lupus treatment. All he knows is he likes having her around and catching the special fragrance, and her scent drives him a little crazy. Which is the part of the story that begins to bring him back to life again, and eventually, as they each work through their personal issues—because that’s what we do in romance—into the open arms of his new love. Yes! Another happy ending. sigh

Have you heard of essential oils? If you have, do you use them? If not, I hope I’ve piqued your interest.

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