Why that Smell brings up Memories.

I’ve always been a very emotional being; if you ask my best friend about this, she will tell you WE are the norm; we simply don’t have the ability to to stop our feelings from showing on our face.
Crying comes very easily to me; I often mask my fragile ability to control those emotions with humor. …that can be exhausting and it leads to a physical body filled up with stuck feelings.
I know that feeling is what we humans do.  I also know that emotions are simply our bodies energy in motion.  (E-motion).   Emotions ARE supposed to move in and out of our body.
So, how do we help our emotions travel while using them to better understand our bodies reaction and response to those sometimes overwhelming moments?
First, we need to realize that the strongest link to our emotional being is our sense of smell.
“Have you ever walked outside and caught a scent of something in the air that sparks memories or carries you back to your childhood? Perhaps you’ve had someone walk by or stand next to you in the elevator and wondered why you thought of your favorite aunt? How about walking in a room to smell fresh baked chocolate chip cookies in the oven and remember how you would help your mom bake cookies on special occasions?
Wonder why?

Your sense of smell is your most primal sense and it exerts surprising influence over your thoughts, emotions, moods, memories, and behaviors. Aromatherapy allows you to harness the olfactory power of plants, using their essential oils to enhance your physical and emotional health. Essential oils have been scientifically shown to be particularly helpful with <occasional> stress, mood, sleep, pain, nausea, memory, and energy.

You may be wondering how essential oils work. Because smells are carried directly to the brain, they serve as emotional triggers. The limbic system evaluates the sensory stimuli, registering pleasure, pain, danger or safety. This then creates and ultimately directs our emotional response, which can include feelings of fear, anger, depression and attraction. Our basic emotions and hormonal balance are in response to the most basic smells. This makes scents very powerful in our day-to-day lives because they’re a direct pathway to memory and emotion — which is why they <can offer support for our emotional well being>.

A certain fragrance can evoke memories and emotions before we are even consciously aware of it. When smells are concerned, we react first and think later. All other physical senses are routed through the thalamus, which acts as the switchboard for the brain, passing stimuli onto the cerebral cortex (the conscious thought center) and other parts of the brain. Essential oils <support our ability> to access stored or forgotten memories and suppressed emotions so that we can acknowledge and integrate or release them.

The word ‘emotion’ can translate as ‘energy-in-motion.’ Emotion is the experience of energy moving through our bodies. This emotional energy actually works at higher speed than thought. Thought and images can take seconds or minutes to evoke a memory while an aroma can evoke a memory in milliseconds.”    ~via Urban Balance (edited info)


What does all this mean?

We can’t always control our feelings, nor should we try to fight them; we should feel them and learn how to understand their message.

Feeling the message our body is sending reminds us that we are alive; we are meant to feel life.   Our sense of smell is the strongest bridge to those feelings.

Emotions aren’t tangible, they can be visible though… to the open mind, the physical body, and to the teary-eyed.


For more information on the the connection between our sense of smell and our emotional well-being, reach out to me here or message me.  macphersonshelley@yahoo.com






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