Have you ever had some form of nostalgia pouring over your emotions out of the blue when you came across a familiar scent? The sense of smell is more closely linked with memory, more so than any of our other senses. Just as the sense of hearing a particular song recalls your first moment when the notes were first heard, the sense of smell is generally more acute in sparking a nostalgia.
In addition to being the sense most closely linked to memory, smell is also highly emotive. The perfume industry is built around this connection, with perfumers developing fragrances that seek to convey a vast array of emotions and feelings; from desire to power, vitality to relaxation.
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On a more intimate level, smell is essential when it comes to attraction between two people. Research shows that our body odour, produced by the genes which make up our immune system, can help us subconsciously choose our partners. Kissing is thought by some scientists to have developed from sniffing; that first kiss being essentially a primal behaviour during which we smell and taste our partner to decide if they are a match.
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Given that our sense of smell clearly plays an important part in our psychological make-up, in addition to it being one of the five ways in which we connect with the world around us, its absence can have a profound impact. Smell loss can affect one’s ability to form and maintain close personal relationships and can lead to depression. An important issue here is the fact that smell loss is invisible to all but the patient; how would you know that you had met an anosmia sufferer unless they themselves told you? This is one of the reasons, alongside the general lack of understanding of the impact that smell has on our lives, why anosmia has never received much attention – you really do not know what you have got until it is gone.
Going back to the points made about the strong connection between smell and memory, it can be seen that losing one’s sense of smell can result in the loss of an important sentimental pathway to memories. Smell loss occurs with both Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimers, and studies have indicated that a diminishing sense of smell can be an early sign of the onset of both conditions, occurring several years before motor skill problems develop.
Here at Truly Nuts, we wish for all our friends to live a long, healthy and joyous life, full of adventures and memories. Check out our brand new Collection – Musi Aroma, and GuOkai. Do let us know what you think in the comments below. All comments will be deeply valued whether complimentary, or constructive critique.