Articles for category: therapies and treatments, weird

Ancient Egyptian painting of women dancing and playing instruments.

Perfume therapy

(Updated April 2023.) After reading Alyssa Harad’s Coming to My Senses, about her discovery of perfume, I was inspired to set forth my own approach toward arming oneself against the world with scent. I rank perfume up there with recorded music and books when it comes to tools for mental health.

An annoyed woman under dark stormclouds.

Chronic illness and “nice” people

(Updated April 2024.) In 2013 I began thinking again about a phenomenon I first experienced at the nadir of my health woes in my early thirties, and several times since. I wondered briefly about it each time it happened, but was too beleaguered and distracted to dwell on it. On several occasions I developed noticeable, ...

A brass incense burner in a church.

OTC psychoactives

In July 2011 Marla at Perfume-Smellin’ Things blogged about perfumes featuring frankincense, a component of incense which, according to a 2008 research study that somehow completely missed me, is a psychoactive agent that can affect depression and anxiety. Apparently history is full of censer-swinging dope fiends: the use of frankincense, aka oliban or olibanum, goes ...