The Scent of Memory

Four seasons of scents that help me remember and reenter my past

Aabye-Gayle F.
2 min readJan 18, 2024

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A white pot on the stove with steam coming out of it.
Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash

Winters smelled of lemongrass and Vicks VapoRub. Mom boiled lemongrass to make tea. It was her favorite cold and flu remedy. When we kids were sick, Vick VapoRub was spread across our chests and behind our ears — a bit under the nose if we were feeling brave. There was also a Vicks steam vaporizer employed at night to help…

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