My toddler has designed her own aromatherapy


When I cook or go to the grocery store I like to make the munchkin smell the various ingredients, especially herbs and spices. So there we were at the grocery store yesterday doing some weekend grocery shopping. She is comfortably seated in the shopping cart. I pick out a nice bunch of mint and stuck it in her face. “Smell!”, I said. She knows what to do now and took in a nice big lungful of the fresh, icy herb. Her eyes light up at the experience and she picks off half a leaf from the bunch. “Not exactly clean, but what’s the harm”, I ask myself.

Fast forward to the pasta aisle: I’m deep in thought on which of fusilli or farfalle would be best suited to my next batch of pasta. I hear a toddler-pitched sneeze. “Bless You”, I say. Then another. “Bless You.” Then another. “Aww, you’re having your first sneeze attack,” I coo. My wife saunters over from another aisle to the sound of another sneeze. Nothing seems wrong with the kid. “She’s sneezing. It’s cute,” I point out. My wife looks unconvinced.

I turn my attention back to the question when I hear another sneeze followed by “Papa, what’s this?” from my wife. I look back over to my two-year old sitting in the shopping cart. She looks a surprised and bewildered; my wife looks incredulous.

There’s a long trail of snot down my child’s nose and upper lip, with  half leaf of mint hanging on the end.

5 Responses to My toddler has designed her own aromatherapy
  1. Lona Carr Breitkopf
    July 11, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    Two of my five daughters discovered aroma therapy, too. For one it was the smell of a corner of her “stinky blanket” that soothed many parts of her tiny body. For the other it was the bottom tag on her “Bear-Bear” she’d sucked on from 7 months on. Not the most fragrant to adult noses but the scent of the gods to them.

    • papa
      Twitter: papalogic
      July 11, 2011 | 4:09 pm

      Lona, that’s hilarious. It’s fascinating how scent can have create huge triggers in the brain. Just like the oft-mentioned real estate agent trick to bake cookies to give a house for sale a homie feel, some seemingly random things can give tremendous comfort. Beware of washing!

      Thanks for stopping by,


  2. Katherines Corner
    Twitter: goaskkatie
    August 2, 2011 | 7:41 am of our grandsons has a thing about smells. I always bring him nice things to smell ( he is four now and will let me know if he wants to smell something. He loves the smell of the fresh herbs in our kitchen windowsill.

    Ummm… is it okay to say minty fresh…boogies? LOL Thank you for visiting Katherines Corner. I subscribed to your blog via email ( I wish I had that option on my blog)
    Have a happy Tuesday, Hugs Katherine

    • papa
      Twitter: papalogic
      August 4, 2011 | 12:27 am

      Hi Katherine – thanks for the comment and for dropping by.


  3. Sheila
    October 2, 2011 | 6:08 am

    I love to hear kids sneezing. Not the sneeze-because-of-sickness kind of sneeze though. It’s cute how your kid’s been introduced to smelling herbs.
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