When Scent enters the nose, it travels through the cranial nerves strait to the olfactory bulbs and these bulbs trigger a reaction.
Find out how it works and if it can change behaviours?
How does it work?
When scent enters the nose, it travels through the cranial nerves straight to the olfactory bulbs (shown here in green).
These bulbs transmit smell and information from the nose to the brain and access the amygdalae (shown here in pink) with its primary role to process memory, decision-making and create emotional reactions.
So to put it simply, when you smell something, your brain triggers a reaction of some kind.
A Great Example
Is the smell of some perfumes or colognes.
Next time you walk down the street and someone walks past and you catch a waft of a smell that you recognise just think of the memory that smell brings up for you.
For example: Lets say that smell is the cologne/perfume that your ex wore. Now depending on the experience you had with your ex, depends on what triggers and emotions are released. You may feel sad and start to miss them or it may trigger a negative emotion and you won’t like the smell at all!
Another example is the smell of citrus. It is one of the most popular scents and for most people it triggers a sense of freshness and for the girls that played netball, quite often the Scent of oranges takes them right back to half time on the netball court!
Can Scents change behaviours?
Smell (Scents) can change our behaviours entirely as fragrance expert Roja Dove discloses:
“Scent is our first response to encroaching stimuli, whether that’s sniffing sour milk before we drink it or smelling a fire before we see it, often making us have a reaction.”
It’s the same with soothing scents – they have a cocooning effect that relaxes us, makes us feel at home and create a sense of peace!
“Scent can absolutely act as a form of therapy, connecting to your moods and feelings via the limbic system.”
…explains perfumer Azzi Glasser.
“That’s why children often sniff their teddies and blankets; certain smells bring us comfort.” Being enveloped in scent is a cognitive and fragrant hug of the most cushioning kind.”
The healing power of Scents:
“Immediately after the accident I found myself wearing certain fragrances to bed to provide midnight reassurance and I found it really beneficial.”
To Put It Simply
The scent is processed with the olfactory bulbs, which then triggers emotions, memories and decision-making process.
When you combine this with the power of intent, the power of the process multiplies and becomes easy and simple!
By using the candles, melts, diffusers & drops, you engage 3 things:
- The Scent
- The Intent
- The Purpose