SCENTsational: The Power of Senses!

Most have been blessed with all five senses...Each one is EXTREMELY important in your everyday life, as you use at least one of them every moment of every day...they're even on duty when you're sleeping! Working together as one big team, they send messages to the brain so that you can identify what's going on, and keep you safe from any warnings of danger.  

1. EYES -> SIGHT

2. EARS -> HEAR

3. MOUTH ->TASTE

4. SKIN -> TOUCH

5. NOSE -> SMELL

Let's dive deep into your nose, to dissect the sense of SMELL! Your nose is a gem of it's own, and in my case it does a lot more than hold my glasses in place! Because its the beginning of the respiratory system, it allows us to breath. It allows us to smell & TASTE what we eat. The hairs in the nose, also work as a dust trap, trapping dust and microbes to help keep you healthy!

Olfaction is a chemo-reception that forms the sense of smell.Everyone knows that it's all about the smell with candles. The smell of a candle is used to change or create the atmosphere, mood, etc. Once you notice the smell, the olfactory neurons, in the upper part of the nose, send triggers the brain along the olfactory nerve. The first stop is to the olfactory bulb. This processes the signal and then passes information about the smell to other areas, known as the limbic system. This system is made up of a set of structures, that according to scientists, play a major role in controlling mood, memory, behavior and emotion!  

SMELL AND MEMORY

When it comes to candles, the sense of smell is on high alert, pulling memories linked to that particular scent from the archives and to the forefront! This is because, more than any other senses, the sense of smell is closely linked with your memory. It's said that this is primarily due to how close the olfactory processing system,which includes the amygdala & the hippocampus, is to the memory hub in the brain. According to Sandoiu (2018),

The amygdala is the almond-shaped brain structure that processes sensory information. The The hippocampus, the area responsible for storing episodic memories for later access, sit close together in the brain

SMELL AND EMOTIONS

Smell is also HIGHLY emotive!  All smell based industries, such as the perfume & candle industries, are all built around this connection. We develop fragrances that seek to project a wide display of emotions and feelings; from desire to power, energy to relaxation! This is because our emotional response to smell is controlled by association, something which is produced by the fact that different people will have completely different perceptions of the same smell. For example one person may find a particular scent lovely and aromatic with another may find the exact same scent as overpowering and nauseating!

SCENTsational EXPERIENCES

Simply knowing this key information, helps us understand why smell plays such an important role in memory, mood and emotion. At Her by Kashay, it plays a key role in how we pick & choose which scents to mix and match within our products. We want to ensure that we are, inclusive of all, in our goals of creating memorable scent experiences.


DISCLAIMER

It's not hard to understand why losing one’s sense of smell can result in the loss of an important nostalgic pathway to memories. According to Fifth Sense, Research has shown that loss of olfactory function can be an indicator of something far more serious. Smell loss occurs with both Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimers, and studies have indicated that a diminishing sense of smell can be an early sign of the onset of both conditions, occurring several years before motor skill problems develop. 

This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are experiencing loss of smell, please consult your doctor for further examination. 


References

 http://www.fifthsense.org.uk/psychology-and-smell/ 

 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322579.php#1 

 https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/amygdala.htm 

 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3548359/

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