Anyways, my anatomy and physiology is a little rusty to say the least. Coincidently, this is also the area I am working on in my aromatherapy certification course presently so that’s convenient timing. While the technical jargon is not particularly my cup of tea, I do feel that it is pretty important for an aromatherapist to be able to know how these processes work in order to make and utilize effective remedies.
- Fun Fact: Smelling an orange can relieve stress by up to 70%!
- Once an aroma is inhaled, it can reach the brain in just a matter of seconds and the entire body within minutes.
- There are over 6-10 million olfactory receptor cells within the nasal cavity, which can detect at least 1 trillion different aromas.
- The olfactory bulb (which sends aromatic impulses to the brain) is only one synapse away from the amygdala (the brain’s emotional control center) - suggesting the great potential aromatherapy has on influencing our emotions.
- Scent is closely tied to our memories: when a new scent is smelled for the first time our brain makes an imprint of the surroundings; then when we smell the same scent in the future a memory or feeling tied to it is automatically evoked.
- Our sense of smell shuts down while we are sleeping.
- Women have a better sense of smell than men! (Sorry guys!)
- The scent of coffee beans can act as a “palate cleanser” when the nose becomes overstimulated.