Memories and emotions often appear in response to scents and smells. The formation of olfactory memories, those linked to specific aromas, is most active before the teen years. The association between the fragrances of childhood and strong feelings or memories often lasts a lifetime. A child’s world, especially inside the home, should be filled with laughter, learning, and love. Homemade memories, and the sweet emotions that accompany them, can be linked to beautiful scents using a whole house scent diffuser.
Understanding the Science of Scent
The exceptional ability of scents to stir up memories and emotions has prompted neurosurgeons to examine the phenomenon of olfactory memory. The brain stores aromas and feelings as a single memory. So intimately are these areas linked together that the same smell may evoke happiness or stress. When the wafting aroma of baking bread carries memories of a grandmother’s kitchen, the response is usually feelings of good cheer or warm contentment. When a different person catches a whiff of the same bread, however, and remembers walking past a bakery in freezing predawn hours while delivering newspapers, the response can be irritation or discontent.
The brain areas that deal with smell, emotions, and memory are close to each other, partially explaining why they are intimately connected. Although the sense of smell, out of all the senses, is most closely linked to memory, a scent from childhood can provoke an emotion even if the specific memory cannot be recalled.
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Recalling the Joys of Childhood
If you ask a dozen people what scent most often triggers memories of home, you may get a dozen different answers. It could be the fragrance of a specific laundry detergent, cleaning agent, mothballs, or cooked cabbage. For many people, however, some of the best childhood memories are associated with these scents:
- Flowers: jasmine, gardenia, roses, lavender, lilac
- Winter: pine, burning wood, snow, old books
- Summer: rain, mown grass, sawdust, salty air
- Baking: bread, cinnamon, cookies, vanilla, chocolate, honey
- Foods: grilled steaks, boiling rice, gumbo, roasted turkey, coffee
- Herbs/Spices: mint, sage, oregano, lemongrass, curry, thyme
Capturing the Power of Fragrance
Your children will always associate scents with their homes. Armed with that knowledge, you can make sure the scents of your home are fresh, comforting, and relaxing. You may open windows, add indoor plants, burn candles, or simmer citrus on the stove, but there is a much easier way. Make your home welcoming and give your family great scents to go with the great memories you create using a whole house scent diffuser. Treat your children to smells that will always evoke feelings of happiness, security, and love.
After an easy DIY installation, your HVAC system will gently freshen your entire home with the handpicked fragrance you have chosen. You may want to change fragrances seasonally, or you may want to choose a signature scent for your home, one that blends different aromas to create the one that is just right for your family. Whatever you choose, you will be connecting your family to memories that will last a lifetime.