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I recently had a customer at market remark that a certain scent triggered an, "olfactory memory" of her grandmother's house. She fondly recalled a childhood time frame in her life, and her beaming smile said it all. She said, "I'll have to look up just WHAT scent the soap was she used...but this scent is the same."
Scents are fun things. The can be pleasant, pungent, and at times, unappealing.
It's interesting to watch people sniff through the display when at markets. Some deeply inhale, noses pressed tightly to the tester. Others delicately sniff, carefully weighing what they think of the differing scents. All have a faraway look, all are in their own world, remembering people, places, and previous life events. I'd love to know where they're transported to.
Dr. Mercola shares why in an online article: "Smells get routed through your olfactory bulb, which the smell-analyzing region in your brain. It’s closely connected to your amygdala and hippocampus, brain regions that handle memory and emotion." The article, linked HERE, is a fascinating read, and outlines why scents are so powerful.
Next time you stop by the soap table at a market, or swing into the shop, enjoy your olfactory experience. It's cheap entertainment, and I'm honored to be a part of your moment of recollection.