Power of Scents

“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.” ― Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

As fall turns into winter and it starts to snow, I cannot stop myself from smelling crisp and clean winter mornings. There is something so fresh and inviting in the air that makes you get a tea, go under a blanket and watch your favourite movies while looking out of the window watching snow flakes dancing. As I smell the air, I also think about the times my memories flooded back to me because of a scent.

Scents evoke very powerful memories, whether it’s the smell of a freshly baked cake from your mother’s recipe, scent of someone that you love, or smell of earth after a rainy day. It is a power that can teleport you in time and bring out sensations you haven’t thought of.  A baby smell can arise nurturing feelings in your stomach. Your beloved one’s smell can make you you want to cuddle up when he is sleeping even risking waking him up! Scent of freshly cleaned sheets can help you sleep better.

There is a whole business of scented candles that smell fantastic and different. It is there to evoke emotions. I believe there is also something sensational about lighting a candle like a ritual that helps you to relax and dream!

What do you think? Did you ever find yourself smelling and thinking of a memory?


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