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The Power of Scent

You've never been asked to wake up and touch , see or hear the roses, have you? But I guarantee you've heard or been told to wake up and "smell" the roses. What does that tell you about the power of scent? Could it be that it is the most powerful way to connect to your emotions and stimulate memory recall? Scents have been known to do that, you know.

Could you ever think that the ability to smell has often been seen as insignificant? Some of you have probably experienced not being able to smell when you have a cold. Imagine your world without the ability to smell anything ever again. For me that would be traumatizing.

Is there Science behind the ability to smell?

Laboratory test have consistently proven that the sense of smell is subjective. You and I could agree on the fact that an odor smells good or foul. Here is where it could get tricky, what smells good to me could very well smell foul to you. and vis versa.

The same thing applies to placing certain odors into a category. For instance, to stand among the tall Pines, they smell light, refreshing and airy to me, while others place them in a category that's woodsy.

This makes the science of smell so fascinating. Pheromones (the signals released by insects and mammals to communicate with others in a given species) have researchers wondering whether or not humans actuarially release pheromones also. We know for a fact that humans release scent signals that would be classified as body odors but is this the body releasing pheromones or are we picking up foul smells and this person would need a shower?

Historically speaking ...

Fragrance has always revealed a divine presence in the air. Only nature can present you with the beautiful aromas of flower, herbs, trees and barks in their pure essence.

The Egyptians referred to the use of scents as "divine perspiration". The Greeks gave each of their gods its own scent. They described the god scents as have their own presence by their individual aroma.

In today's world of scent and perfume, technology is making it possible for people to have an extension of themselves. Television, commercials, and computers are advertising machines for celebrity marketing campaigns. These mediums make it possible for the extension of celebrity named scent blends to be made available around the world.

Do you wake up and smell the roses, a combination of yourself or is it someone else's fragrance blend?

That's it for this week ...

Life Never Smelled So Sweet!

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