Unless you are in a flower shop, in a restaurant or in a market it is easy to forget about your sense of smell. Of our five main senses, we definitely tend to overlook and under utilize our sense of smell. However, the truth is that our olfactory sense is so powerful and dynamic that it can easily shift our mood and feelings dramatically, often in ways we have never even imagined or realized.
Smells have an oft misunderstood power over us that can move us to great lengths. We can be forced to action in many ways by just a whiff of something. The smell of a food, of an odor like smoke or a specific chemical can bring us to a place in time in our lives, alter our state of mind and can be both rewarding and devastating.
The scent of freshly baked bread can drive us to buy or eat, while the scent of roses and lilies can coax us to love, show forgiveness or kindness. All of which can move us emotionally and physically in profound ways.
This is the power of aromatherapy. Many plants, trees and flowers are imbued with the natural ability to fight disease, heal wounds, and bolster certain physical mechanisms.