Essential Oils - Can Age and Sex Affect Our Sense of Smell?
By Linda Lee Smith
Absolutely! As we become older our sense of smell is not what it used to be. Research has shown that our sense of smell peeks between ages
20 and 40 with a marked decline after 60. Anosmia (the loss of smell) selectively occurs among the elderly first with bad odors whereas sensitivity
to pleasant odors remains relatively normal even into advanced years. For many of the elderly who have lost their sense of smell, food is un-appealing and may
contribute to depression.
What can cause anosmia in a relatively younger healthy person? Trauma of course, but anosmia can also occur from a life of abuse
and exposure to toxins. It can also be a result of chronic sinus infections. There can be selective anosmia or smell blindness to some particular odors or total anosmia
which is the complete loss of smell. Anosmia is always associated with psychological depression paralleling the dullness of taste and smell. Research also shows that
exposure to certain medicinal and environmental agents can adversely affect the sense of smell-in fact they can impair the sense of smell all
What About Sex-Does That Make a Difference in Smelling?
Women are thought to have a greater sense of smell than
men which is quite interesting since most 'noses' or professional perfumers are not women-they are men! Research has shown that female infants are more attentive
to scented artifacts than male babies. It seems that even from birth, women have a greater olfactory sensitivity. One interesting piece of research I found was on the
time of day. Women's smell acuity is usually sharpest in the morning hours, declining as the day progresses. In contrast, males smell ability is constant throughout the
day and by afternoon equals that of women with both male and female peeking again around midnight.
Could these differences be attributed to the
differences in brain structure between men and women? That is possible. We know that the male brain is larger, heavier and organized differently than that of
women. Women are observed to be more emotionally sensitive and right-brain oriented than men. Consequently women respond, behave, think and feel differently
from men and their olfaction preferences are different. The fragrance industry has learned that men prefer complex floral and spicy fragrances whereas women like
simple, single-note fragrances. Males will pick a fragrance and stick with it whereas women change their preferences frequently and like clean fresh scents. Can you
guess who it is that the perfume industry caters to?
Want to know more about essential oils and how they can help us stay healthy? Consider becoming a
certified clinical aromatherapist. The Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy teaches classes throughout the United States on aromatherapy and energy
Going to my web site: ISHAhealing ISHAhealing and signing up for our free monthly
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From Linda L. Smith, director of the
Institute of Spiritual Ministry and Aromatherapy, Inc.
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