Going back to my first blog, we explored ‘peak experiences’ in the natural world; the times when any boundaries between you, the observer, and the environment, or what you are observing, become blurred or disappear altogether, and a sense of wellbeing is experienced. Since then, we have looked at some of the scents of the natural world – the forests and woods, and the seashore. This time we will consider the beautiful fragrances of the hayfields, pastures and hedgerows. These scents are often described as ‘agrestic’, meaning that they are reminiscent of the countryside.
One of the most popular and pleasing fragrances is Continue reading
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Lemon (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)
The new year provides a chance for us to evaluate ourselves, to consider what we do well and what we need to work on. I love this tradition. I like the opportunity to make small changes (or big changes) every year. Sometimes the resolutions stick and sometimes they only last for a few weeks but every January we have the chance to look squarely at ourselves and try to be better people.
This year I wondered, could scent help people stick to their new year resolution? If so, how? Here are some common new years resolutions and how scent can help.
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On Sunday night, it hit. That scratchy lump feeling in the back of my throat. Tiredness, achy muscles. Was it a case of the Mondays coming a day early? No, I knew that feeling. I spend most of my weekdays with 24 nine year olds. So, it was not my first cold of the season, nor would it be my last. But, now I have the drill down. I’m a firm believer in using scents to combat colds and flus.
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I was doing some research on the scent of jasmine and I came upon some very interesting information which may amuse you. A laboratory test on mice has found Continue reading
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Hey everyone! I would like to say that this will be my final post because my time here as an intern for Scent Sciences has come to an end. It has been an awesome experience and I have learned a lot along the way. I never knew how much information there was about the olfactory system and the various uses of scents and smells. It’s definitely interesting information to want to learn more about!
Enough about that, let’s talk about something cool! How would Continue reading
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It is a common fact that our ability to taste is disproportionately based on our ability to smell. Seventy-five percent of what we eat is enjoyable in flavor due in part by our personal preferences molded by the strength of our olfactory. Using this knowledge, we can employ the senses all around us to either stimulate or prevent the desire to eat. If you struggle with adapting a new diet, cannot shed however many pounds, or need to put on a healthier weight, the problem can be remedied in more ways than ordinarily considered. Scents are powerful tools to assist Continue reading
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Patients waiting at the clinic. PARAGUAY. (Photo credit: Community Eye Health)
Many health care professionals have successfully combined scent with patients treatments. Scent can be used to uplift patients emotions, calm patients pre and post surgery, and even diagnose certain disease. However, some health care building smell strongly of disinfectant and other overpowering smells. We ask them to consider how these studies could have an impact in their profession.
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Have you ever wondered of how would it feel if you couldn’t see well, taste well, hear well….? From my perspective, that would be an extreme challenge to deal with, especially because I’ve been lucky enough to experience all my senses so far. But have any of you ever wondered how you’d feel if you couldn’t smell properly? Or at least, not being able to easily identify basic smells? This condition is called Anosmia, which is identified as the inability to Continue reading
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Over the last few months, we have been exploring the types of odours that are found in the natural world; and the environments where we like to meditate, seek peace and wellbeing, or simply feel good. Many of us like to be close to the sea. The sea shore can deliver some unique sensations, depending on the landscape, weather, tides and waters. An intimate, crescent shaped, sandy beach on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean might evoke Continue reading
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