Our sense of smell tends to decrease gradually as we age, so it’s important to keep our noses working properly. After all, the nose contains a whopping 10 million cells that are wired directly to the brain, sending it constant signals. Your nose helps humidify and cleanse the air you’re breathing, and it allows you to smell unlimited odors — good and bad.
In fact, numerous studies have shown that our “smell memory” is very long and very resilient. One researcher even called the nose “a magical time machine” because of its ability to instantly transport us back in time to when we first experienced a certain odor. (Surely you can recall the amazing scent of the ocean on your first vacation there, or the horrible, less-than-memorable smell of that rotting tuna fish sandwich you left in your lunchbox far too long when you were in third grade?)
To keep your nose in tip-top shape, engage in “sniff therapy” daily. Find three of your favorite pleasant scents — like one floral, one fruity, and one a little more pungent, like coffee or buttered popcorn. Sniffing each of these several times a day will help keep your scent receptors sharp.
The Red Flower Candle in the Spring Yuzen Box is a great way to get started. In aromatherapy, the scent of orange is used to lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety. The crisp, invigorating scent of Italian blood oranges in this little candle will enliven your spirit as you’re meditating, reading, bathing, or simply relaxing with your family.
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