The Ability of Smell: a Virtue that You Can Train

Little was known about how we (humans) smell and taste until the early 1990’s when groundbreaking research revealed that humans have less than 1000 (maybe as many as 950) discrete odor receptor sites residing in the olfactory epithelium and of those many were non-functional, essentially vestigial, with only about 300 being “active” sites.  Why so many of the sites were non-functional has been explained many ways most of which Continue reading

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