Learning How to Smell Better in Our Odiferous World – Part 1

550px-Improve-Your-Sense-of-Smell-Step-1Many people have asked how they can learn to “smell” more proficiently.  While each of us is born with the techniques of smelling (smelling through the nose and smelling through the back of the throat – the latter being lumped together with the sense of  taste – actually only the sensations of salty, sweet, bitter, sour, umami (savory)) – we seem to think that improving our ability to smell requires something magical and probably well beyond our “normal” capabilities.  That is not so.  Smelling better – improving our ability to be more discriminating and more capable of identifying odor types as well as specific odors – is mostly a function of experience.  Practice and more practice is the key to learning how to become better and better at it.
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The Spectrum of Scent

Nature is the consummate creator of olfactory beauty. Consider the classic florals – rose, gardenia, jasmine, tuberose, lilac to name a few. For so many of us their visual beauty elicits unbelievably persistent and clear memories of their spring/summer odor. If we move on to the stone fruits – peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, mangoes, apples, and cherries as well as their berry counterparts – raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries, strawberries, blackberries, dewberries, elderberries, gooseberries, and others, we are reminded of their incredibly sweet and inviting tastes. Continue reading