Jul - Aug 2011

Take the Time to Smell the Roses

By Pamela Shenk, CHt


There are so many things in life that we just seem to take for granted.

Are you aware that taste and smell are linked together?  Taste buds made of sensory cells on your tongue detect only four primary tastes…sweet, salty, bitter and sour (possibly a fifth – meaty taste).  To detect other flavors, you need your sense of smell.


The next time you go out to a fine restaurant for dinner, notice the other guests.  Often you will see someone smell their food before they take a bite.  Believe me, if it doesn’t smell right, they most likely will send it back and order something different.  Some of the cooking shows on TV will show the chef waving their hands over a pot or pan to the nose to get the full aroma of the meal they are preparing.Sometimes elderly people that have lost their sense of smell don’t want to eat.


The sense of smell can be used as a warning signal…if we smell smoke we go into a fight or flight mode.  There is also the pleasant side of scents.  Often a particular scent will remind you of something that makes you happy. Perhaps you get into an elevator and someone is wearing a perfume that your mother would wear. (Hopefully, that would bring back pleasant thoughts of Mom). You could also get into that same elevator and you smell someone’s lunch they are bringing back to the office and the aroma reminds you of one of your favorite meals and now you’re hungry.


Christiane Northrup, M.D. has a revised version of her book Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and she talks about aroma therapy and how rose is a good scent to use to dissipate anger and lavender being a very calming scent. For those of you that enjoy having massages; many massage therapists use aromas in their massage oil to help you feel peaceful and calm. 


The good thing for those of you that are post op, most of you need to take your time to eat.  This is great – you can enjoy the taste of your meal as well as the aroma. 


Remember, the next time you are feeling stressed, you may want to purchase some fresh lavender or purchase the essential oil and enjoy the calming scent is has on you and those around you.  The next time you feel a little angry; take a moment to smell the roses…literally.


Life is short… live, laugh and love.