Scent is one of the most powerful of our five senses. Smelling a fragrance can trigger a treasured memory and provoke enjoyable thoughts.
For me the smell of rain on a warm summer day or fresh cut grass brings back memories from my childhood, or our Coco-vanilla candle that brings back memories of a sunny day on the beach, Just think of when you get a whiff of chocolate chip cookies or fresh baked bread you may think of your mom's baking. Or when a warm breeze blows the smell of fresh flowers, you may think of summer. Or what does Christmas smell like? Could it be spices or maybe pine trees.
Scents are very personal, when I research what new scents to add to my candles I always have my family and friends smell the samples, and I tell you, no one has the same opinions/feelings about the fragrances.
On that note I set out to do some research. Here is what I found :
Our olfactory response is directly linked to the emotional center of our brain, causing a flood of warm and fuzzy feelings with a simple sniff. Unlike touch or taste, scents are directly correlated with past experiences.
While all the senses are connected with memories, smell in particular sparks a flurry of emotional memories. Why?After a smell enters the nose, it travels through the cranial nerve through the olfactory bulb, which helps the brain process smells. The olfactory bulb is part of the limbic system, the emotional center of the brain. As a member of the limbic system, the olfactory bulb can easily access the amygdala, which plays a role in emotional memories (it’s also where the "fight or flight" reflex comes from).
“Olfactory has a strong input into the amygdala, which process emotions. The kind of memories that it evokes are good and they are more powerful,” explains Eichenbaum.
“Smells do bring back memories,” says Dr. Ken Heilman, James E. Rooks Jr. Distinguished Professor Neurology and Health Psychology at the University of Florida and a member of AAN. “Smell goes into the emotional parts of the brain and the memory parts, whereas words go into thinking parts of the brain.”
This could explain why memories sparked by smell feel nostalgic and emotional, rather than concrete and detailed. Also, Eichenbaum notes that primates evolved to rely mostly on vision, not smell, so these memories are less reliable. (If you were a rat in his lab, your smell memories would be more detailed).
“When you smell things you remember your emotions … it’s very, very true,” says Heilman.
But moreover many scents also have some amazing" powers" that can do amazing things for our body and mind .
From stress relief to headache relief, certain aromas have a way of making an impact (and positively so).Just to name a few
Lavender is an ancient herb well know for its many different ways of relieve pain and insomnia.
Pine can alleviate stress., and could be decreasing our anxiety.
Fresh-cut grass can make you more joyful.Scent researchers found that a chemical released by a newly-mowed lawn can make people feel joyful and relaxed
Vanilla can elevate your mood.In a study published in the Proceedings of ISOT/JASTS 2004, researchers found that taking a whiff of vanilla bean elevated participants’ feelings of joy and relaxation.
Basil. Can relieve stress and depression and has a refreshing effect when smelled to.
Create new memories with Elate & Co scented candles.