From the time you smell something until your body naturally reacts is almost instantaneous, showing you just how powerful the sense of smell is. Let’s take a look at the science behind this amazing reaction in your body.
Take a deep breath
When we inhale, olfactory receptor cells in the nasal cavity send electrical impulses to the olfactory bulb, which then passes information on to the limbic system in the brain.
Often referred to emotional part of brain. Made up of several parts, including hippocampus and amgydala. Controls memory and mood. Can evoke emotion and physical response almost instantly.
Our body’s reaction
Smells cause a physiological response in the body. Thanks to the link between smell and memory, a scent could evoke feelings of comfort, other scents could make you feel more alert.
This triggers the brain to release natural chemicals into the body that can make us feel calm, relaxed, invigorated, energized or refreshed. The smell and your brain’s association with it will determine how you body responds.
Anytime you encounter a new scent, you associate it with your surrounding: people, places or events. Then when you smell that again, it automatically evokes that first event, triggering a memory, mood or feeling.
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