Fragrances can transport us back to our favourite holiday spots: the salty sea air of the coast, pine trees of an old growth forest, the fragrant frangipani of a Hawaiian lei. These aromas can also provide the therapeutic remedies we may need when we’re far from home. Escents Aromatherapy, a longtime retailer in Vancouver, has recently opened two stores in Calgary at The Core and Market Mall. It offers dozens of essential oils, sourced from around the world, many used alone or in products for skin care, or designed for a variety of maladies. For travellers prone to digestive troubles (too many tacos or margaritas in Mexico), there’s a peppermint or fennel concoction. Sunburned after too many hours at the beach? Try a concoction of patchouli, lavender, camomile and peppermint. Step up to the blending bar and get a custom product made in your favourite scent and for whatever ails you at home or on the road. The nifty Wellness Trio Blends, that treat everything from headaches to the sniffles is also a handy essential in our carry-on bag or purse.
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