ABOUT FRAGRANCE AND SPIRIT
“Perfume is the most intense form of memory.” – Jean-Paul Guerlain
There is nothing like fragrances,
So powerful and spirit lifting
The aroma of the first coffee in the morning,
The fresh scent of the rain,
The smell of the salty beach,
The blossom of flowers…
The fragrance has great influence on our lives,
greater than we obtained in our daily lives,
It gives the sense of taste a meaning,
only after the taste combined with the smell and this is how the flavour produced.
If the sense of smell is impaired, by a stuffy nose, for instance, the perception of taste is usually dulled as well. (1)
Moreover, it effects on our emotions and reminds us memories from long back.
Here is how that’s works:
Microscopic molecules released by substances around us,
whether it’s coffee brewing or pine trees in a forest,
stimulate odour receptors.
Once the neurons detect the molecules, they send messages to your brain, which identifies the smell.
There are more smells in the environment than there are receptors,
and any given molecule may stimulate a combination of receptors,
creating a unique representation of the brain.
These representations are registered by the brain as a particular smell. (2)
Incoming smells are first processed by the olfactory bulb,
which transmits smell information from the nose to the brain.
The olfactory bulb is in the limbic system,
close to the amygdala and hippocampus that are strongly associated with emotion and memory.
when you first encounter a smell,
it becomes links to the emotions you associate with the events of that time.
Encountering with the smell again may trigger this link. (3)
So how can we use this information?
From the traditional medicine and with some researchers that support this information about the essential oils
we can see that by inhaling the aromas of essential oils, it can stimulate areas of your limbic system,
this also takes part in unconscious physiological functions, such as breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.
There are some claims that essential oils can exert a physical effect on your body in this way.
How to use this info in your daily life?
My name is Pazit, I’m a registered Naturopath N.D. , MNNA (a member of the Naturopathic Nutrition Association), Herbalist, Aromatherapist and Bach Flower remedies therapist based in London.
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