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Assiniboine Community College students got a breath of fresh air on Wednesday as an oxygen bar set up shop at the Victoria Avenue East campus.
Students lined up with nose hoses looped over their ears to try all the different scents — like vanilla, lavender, spearmint and eucalyptus — which promise various effects from stress relief to appetite suppression.
"It works through an oxygen concentrator, so oxygen concentrator takes O2 out of the ambient air, it goes through a filter and pumps through to the water (containers) mixed with the essential oils and then out to your nose," said Adam Skillman, an oxygen bartender through Airheads Oxygen Bars and Aromatherapy Equipment. "It energizes you. It relieves stress. It’s just really good for you."
All visitors need to do is connect up to their aroma of choice and breath in more than 90 per cent of pure oxygen.
"I’m getting lightheaded but I think that’s because I’m breathing in so much to try and smell everything," said business administration student Dave Pierreroy as he unplugged from the almond scent and into wintergreen.
"It’s interesting … the almond is a nice, pleasant scent — it reminds me of hand soap."
While many participants like Pierreroy worked their way down the oxygen bar trying all the scents and Snapchatting the experience, others chose to just mellow out and breath deep.
"It’s really refreshing, honestly," interactive media arts student Jess Paterson said. "The spearmint was really cold, it’s like if you chewed a new piece of gum and walked outside right away. It makes your nose feel clear."
The oxygen bar was put on by the ACC Students’ Association as part of the group’s Wellness Wednesday initiative, where a public health nurse is available for students and activities as well as complimentary fruit is available in student spaces on campus once a month.
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