But why? Well, it turns out that smelling something pleasant can actually lower your blood pressure and reduce stress levels. In fact, studies have shown that people who practice aromatherapy are less likely to get sick than those who don't! And it's not just about having a nice scent around—it's also important to be thoughtful about what scents you're choosing (and how much) so that you aren't overwhelming yourself (or others).
How it works.
We are all familiar with the power of smell. It is our most memorable sense, and the one that we often use to remember people, places, and things. But how does our sense of smell work?
Our sense of smell works by sending signals from our nose to the brain. When you breathe in through your nose, molecules from the air stimulate nerve cells in your nose. This causes electrical impulses to be sent along a pathway called the olfactory nerve to an area deep inside your brain called the olfactory bulb. There are also other parts of your brain involved in processing smells, including areas involved in memory and emotion.
Humans have about 350 different types of receptors that are sensitive to different types of smells—some of these receptors can detect between 1 trillion and 10 trillion scents at any given time!
The olfactory bulb then sends signals out to other parts of your brain so you can process the information and decide whether or not it smells good or bad, familiar or unfamiliar. These signals also help us decide what type of response we should have—whether it is something we should approach or avoid!
Jen Burnley, owner of Scent & Sip. Proud mom, wife and daughter. Fragrance lover!