Did you know the smell of a new car comes in a can? Discover 6 ways in which different smells can affect your mood.
Written by Marialma Team
Familiar smells can trigger memories, affect moods or soothe stress and worries. A specific odor can affect people’s mood, their work performance and behaviour in a variety of ways. What smells can trigger in our brain is nothing but a chemical reaction, but it can drive us to make a purchase, to recall someone or something, etc.
For smells to trigger a response, you must learn to associate it with some event. The linked event can elicit a conditioned response to the original situation. For instances, in the supermarket, you suddenly feel the smell of something you like to eat, you have a un unconditioned emotional response, such as hunger like sensation, even though you have just eaten.
The odor then becomes a conditioned stimulus and acquires the ability to trigger the conditioned response of that hungry sensation in the future, in another context. This explains both how smells come to be liked or disliked and how they can trigger emotions and moods.
Here are 6 ways in which we can be affected by different smells:
1. Smells can soothe your emotions.
Experts believe certain smells can soothe people’s emotions. Researchers have created essential oils from flowers and plants that can trigger a response in the brain. For instances you can use them, to induce a strong feeling:
- Promote confidence – Frankincense, Patchouli, Jasmine and Sandalwood.
- Relieve depression – Sage, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rose Geranium and Sandalwood.
- Ease anger – Chamomile, Jasmine, Patchouli and Rose.
- Reduce anxiety – Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Lavender, Orange, Peach, Rose and Violet Leaf.
- Increase memory – Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon and Rosemary.
- Alleviate stress – Chamomile, Cinnamon, Cloves, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood and Violet.
2. Aromas can enhance flavors too.
When a food is salty, bitter, acidic, sweet or tasty, you know. Our nose knows because it’s thought the nose that we know if a food is good or bad. It smells food as we eat it and sends signals to the brain, that mixed in with the signals from the palate, enhance the experiment.
3. Specific smells can make you feel attractive
We already know which odors can make you feel more confident. For years, to feel more attractive, women and men alike keep on buying perfumes that other people can also enjoy and feel attracted to. But ultimately, is not so much the smells that are connected to your self-esteem but it’s the ritual of putting on a perfume that makes you feel irresistible.
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4. Smells can make you travel through time!
Although this is not the scientific explanation for what happens. Smell and memory are connected. While we lose 50% of our visual memories in months, most of our memories associated with smells last longer.
We usually take these things for granted, but our nose is very useful in sending our brain these stress signals that something is wrong. That ability can be impaired by medications, allergies, viruses or injuries. Also, smoking and the natural ageing process can cause permanent damages to our sense of smell.
5. Our noses can sense danger.
If you have your sense of smell 100% intact, then you should be able to react to bad smells or even detect a fire, a gas leak or even when food goes bad.
6. Smells can make you spend more
When perfumes and odors are used to trigger a purchase, it’s called “environmental fragrance”. Some stores put fragrances right at the entrance so we can follow the smell and buy something. Coffee shops and bakeries let the smells get into our nostrils on purpose because they know that the odor will convince our brain to buy something.
The trick and the actual effect of the new car smell is something that retailers have been using for years to sell new cars. It is added after the car is made, as a final touch. It’s not something that happens organically, as we often think so.
Our sense of smell or our fifth sense as it is often called can affect our lives in greater ways than we ever dare to imagine. While it may not be vital, it can be very useful and important to the efficiency of our daily lives. Our ability to smell thing can help us remember, feel something, and be pleased. However, it also provides a marketing opportunity with a whole field to develop olfactory tricks.
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