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Autumn Scents have more power than we realize!
Many people tend to take their sense of smell for granted – but it may be one of the most important ones. After all, smell was the very first sense to evolve and can have the most direct impact on how we feel.
Experts tell us scents can help energize us and transform our way of thinking. This effect can be immediate or spontaneous, affecting how we interact with the world around us.
For instance – think about taking a whiff of autumn scents such as:
- A decadent dessert made of pumpkin and melted caramel with subtle notes of sparkling ginger and nutmeg
- Tempting scents of spicy cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon as you step foot into a hidden café
- Patchouli and blossoms intermingling with the smell of your cherry-red leather jacket on a crisp autumn night
Did these autumn scents bring out feelings of exhilaration and temptation or perhaps create a longing for the upcoming season? Leading world expert on the psychology of smell and professor from Brown University and Boston College, Rachel Herz, Ph.D., understands the powerful impact our sense of smell has on our emotional state. Herz says, “Of all our five senses, our sense of smell is most strongly and directly linked to the part of the brain that processes emotions and memories. None of our other senses have that power, which is why it’s so important – it affects our day-to-day behavior and the way we interact with others.”
Rachel joined me recently to discuss how scent can impact your emotions and inspire you to explore a more mysterious, intriguing side of yourself as we transition into the autumn season – a time many have associated with transformation and new beginnings. She also explained how autumn scents and other seasonal fragrances can help evoke feelings of temptation and creativity in your home, inspiring you to make little changes that can impact your everyday.
Take a look at our chat below.
Meet Our Guest:
Rachel Herz, Ph.D., is the author and co-author of both textbooks and popular science books, blogs and numerous research publications. Her book, “The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell,” was selected as a finalist for the 2009 AAAS Prize for Excellence in Science Books.