Sense of Smell, Aromatherapy and What Women Do Better…

“Our sense of smell is so fundamental to our lives. It triggers childhood memories, reminds us of relationships, our desires, our nearly forgotten dreams, and can help us create and capture those perfect moments in time. ”

-Sarah Horowitz

Still think aromatherapy is hogwash?

Do you know how powerful your sense of smell is? In a recent study done by Rockefeller University it was discovered that the human nose can detect up to 1 trillion distinct scents!

Here are some other incredible facts about our noses:

Women have a better sense of smell then men. (That must be why we mamas cringe when we walk into our 12 year old son’s room but our sons are just fine with it!) Women have a more developed orbital prefrontal region of the brain. It may have evolved from an ability to discern the best possible mates, or to help women better bond with and understand newborns.

People (not just dogs and horses) can smell fear and disgust (from sweat glands) and our bodies (women especially) will react physically to the fear or disgust as if they are frightened or disgusted too.

Our favorite scents as humans are vanilla, cinnamon, cookies and CRAYONS –
believe it or not!

Your scent cells are renewed every 30 to 60 days
(Scent cells are the only cranial nerve cells that can regenerate!)

Our sense of smell is the most ancient of our senses.

With all this incredible information about your sense of smell is it any wonder aromatherapy can literally shift your state of being? Aromatherapy has been used since the days of Cleopatra as a type of alternative medicine that uses essential oils and other aromatic plant compounds which are aimed at improving a person’s health or mood. Many consider this type of treatment as unscientific and wishful thinking – however, scientific evidence of its effectiveness is growing.

It is believed that the inhalation of essential oils stimulates the part of the brain connected to smell – the olfactory system; a signal is sent to the limbic system of the brain that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories. This causes chemicals to be released which make the person feel relaxed, calm, or even stimulated. If the aromatherapy includes massage the effect is to further relax the person.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

Some of the health benefits of aromatherapy include its ability to
reduce anxiety, ease depression, boost energy levels, speed up the healing process, eliminate headaches, boost cognitive performance, induce sleep, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, improve digestion, and increase circulation.

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