Scent Memory: What It Is and Why Is It Important

Scents have the ability to awaken memories in everyone. A single breath of a certain fragrance — pleasant or unpleasant — can transport you to a specific time in your life. The scent of your grandmothers kitchen may transport you Sunday dinners in the summer. While the scent of crayons may bring you to kindergarten classes. Whether it was a pleasant or negative encounter, there's no doubting that some of our most memorable memories are only a sniff away.


Scent memory's potency has been extensively documented, and studies have revealed strong correlations between odors, emotions, and recollections. Candles with fragrances that remind you of happy times in your life are a great way to decorate your home with wonderful aromas and memories. They're also great gifts for new homeowners. Continue reading to understand more about the importance of scent memory and its power.



Why Does Scent & Memories tie themselves together?


Because of the relationship between the hippocampus and the olfactory system in the human brain, particular odors may evoke memories, according to a study published in Process in Neurobiology. One of the brain's most rudimentary parts is the hippocampus. It's in charge of memory, motivation, pain, and pleasure, and it's also involved in memory formation. It also stores fresh memories in a temporary manner. The olfactory system is intimately linked to the hippocampus. It has a stronger relationship with the hippocampus than the body's sensory systems of sound, touch, taste, and sight. This link could explain why particular fragrances elicit such strong memories and emotions when inhaled. Scent has been shown to be a more powerful memory trigger than any other sense

Is this as important as specialists say it is?


The olfactory system in humans is under appreciated. It is our earliest sense system in terms of evolution. It's also the one that's the furthest down in our heads. In the animal realm, the sense of smell is essential for survival, and the same is true for people. While you may not spend your day actively looking for danger, if you smell smoke, melting plastic, or certain chemicals, your brain will notify you that something is wrong. In this way, your olfactory memory might assist you in staying safe.



Aromatherapy can also help with tension, anxiety, and sadness. On bad days, our Big Spoon candle, for example, may help calm your nerves with notes of lavender and sage. When we created our Bitch Goddess candle, the scent was inspired by my aunts flower shop. I used to always run to the back of the store and smell all of the flowers. And every time I smell that candle it takes me back to those days.



How losing your scenes of smell impacts your life

Consider the effect of smell loss to gain a better understanding of the significance of your sense of smell. A common side effect of COVID-19 is a loss of smell. Reduced smelling abilities are also common in old age, and smell loss can be caused by a variety of neurodegenerative diseases.

Surprisingly, this absence of smell has been linked with depression and has been shown to reduce one's quality of life. It impairs one's ability to taste food and makes it difficult to detect danger. The inability to enjoy the positive memories elicited by scents is also psychologically damaging. That’s why when we started Nose Best, we wanted to create a multi-sensory experience to enhance all of your senses. During a time when people were afraid to lose their senses. Because scent, memory, and emotion are all intertwined, it makes sense to surround yourself with fragrances that evoke your fondest memories and feelings.

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