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Is Your Sense of Smell Gone?

by DrLeAnne Deardeuff on June 9, 2014

Smell is intimately linked to emotion, memory, and our individual experience of the world. We can smell over a trillion different scents. If we can't  remember names of smell then we will tend to name them after feelings. For example we may say that the smell is intoxicating, revolting, delightful or disgusting. But what if you can't smell? What if your sense of smell is gone? Will essential oils still work?

Monell Chemical Senses Center in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania says that odor is the only sensory data that goes directly into the limbic system of the brain, that part of the brain responsible for emotion and memory. All other sensory data goes through nerve several synapses before it reaches some other part of the brain. We are interacting with the world in its rawest state when we smell. 

We may not be aware of how much we rely on our sense of smell. One woman who lost her sense of smell, realized that she was burning her family's food. Because her sense of smell was gone, her food didn't taste as good as it used to either. She also failed to smell the smoke of an electrical wire on her sewing machine pedal until the pedal had burst into flames.

What do we do if we can not smell? When I was a child everyone raved about the smell of lilacs. I couldn't smell them. I really felt that I was missing out on the world from what people were exclaiming. In a biology class at college, we were asked to taste the litmus paper in a basket in front of us. Most everyone in the room was throwing the papers down on the tables in disgust. I didn't taste anything. I thought it must be a joke or that I had not gotten a paper that had a taste on it so I tried paper after paper in the basket. Finally the teacher explained that there were probably 25% of the people who had what is called congenital anosmia. A condition where someone is born without a sense of smell. I may be missing out on the smell of lilacs but I also don't know what a skunk smells like, or my own child's dirty diaper.

But as I already mentioned, having a sense of smell is important. I can smell a lot better now as an adult. I still have to shove my nose in a lilac bush to smell it but at least I can get a small whiff. What I have done to increase my sense of smell is two-fold I think. I continually clean the toxins out of my body using Young Living products such as the Cleansing Trio™ and Juvatone®. Instructions on how to do that can be found in Inner Transformations Using Essential Oils. 2nd edition. (This book is being printed right now and will be availlable at Life Science Publishers around the middle of June 2014.)  Toxins in the body can clog up cells not allowing them to function properly. If the ethmoid plate is full of yeast or other toxins you won't be able to smell. 

The other thing I have done is to not only smell every essential oil I come in contact with, but especially I smell  Purification®  oil. I want to purify my ethmoid plate (olfactory membrane, bulb and nerve) as well as my limbic system. And as I said my sense of smell is becoming better. Last week I mentioned how I could smell the beach and the fresh smell of the ocean air mingled with rhododendrons in the air. It was gratifying.

My daughter also has this issue of not being able to smell. When she doesn't feel well,  I might suggest that she smell a certain oil. She will remind me that she can't smell. I need to use different words. "Just put the bottle under your nose and take a big whiff."  That will suck the oils molecules into your nose and through the ethmoid plate into the limbic system where they will still do their work. You don't need to smell them for them to work. Just get the molecules  into the brain where they will start their chemical reaction. 

It is the molecules that do the work anyway. 

Make sure you are smelling pure, organic, therapeutic essential oils that have gone through the Seed to Seal Process. 

Just start sniffing and see what Young Living Essential oils can do for you! To find out more about Essential Oils, click here.



Information shared here is not intended as medical advice, and cannot substitute for professional medical advice and information. Information provided is general in nature and may be helpful to some people but not others, depending on their personal medical needs. Always consult with your personal physician before following advice designed for general audiences only. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay getting care because of something you have read here.

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