Fun Fact Friday: Your Nose Can Remember 50,000 Scents
Did you know this? Your nose can remember 50,000 scents. Have you ever noticed that smell is the strongest of our senses? Have you ever had a time where you smelled something and you are instantly taken back to a memory? Can you identify a time where you smelled a certain type of food and it brought back feelings of a family event? The smell of the outdoors after it rains, or opening the pages of an old book?
Our noses have a complex anatomy. The inside of the nose contains olfactory sensory neurons which allow us to sense smells. Molecules of the scent are then transported to these neurons. Our brain can pick our 1 part per million of these scents in the air. Our brain then processes these smells and encode them as memories.
Have you ever wondered why companies that appeal to our sense of smell and taste only use really good smelling ingredients? This is because they want to profit off of us smelling scents that make us feel good. This is why candle, hygiene, perfume, and body products companies use the following scents:
- Fresh fruit
Sometimes, certain pungent or acrid smells can transport someone to a difficult time in their life, or to a terrible memory. Some people who suffer from PTSD may smell something that can trigger their anxiety. These smells can include smoke, which is also an irritant, oil, or certain poisonous chemicals.
Scent Therapy – Armoatherapy
There is a certain belief that smells can instantly affect your mood. In ancient Egypt, waxes and perfumes were always carried and worn. Tombs have uncovered these waxes and perfumes. People invest in diffusers and essential oils to carry smells throughout their spaces. Oils and salts can be added to baths as a form of relaxation. Some people swear that lavender helps them sleep well.
Do you have a scent that you find remarkably amazing? Is there a type of smell that instantly transports you back to a time when you were younger? Was there a perfume or cologne a family member would wear that makes you connect with them? Comment what your favorite scents are and if you have any go-tos for making you feel better? Personally, we suggest lavender, Moroccan Rose, vanilla, pineapple, and coastal beach as our favorite scents.