What is the science of smell?

A beautiful nose is the pride of our face. But seldom do we think about it other than just as a part of our facial structure and a medium to breathe. You don’t need to guess that I am talking about the “power of smell” or the “science of smell”. In the day-to-day life a person has to perform many activities- work, touch, talk, eat, think and walk etc. And in this busy hectic schedule where’s the time to concentrate on the sense of smell? Obviously it’s not so important to discuss about. Right? But researches find that our sense of smell is equally active and alert all the time, though unconsciously – even in sleep at times – like rest of the senses. The ability to smell forms a part of our emotional existence and consequently contribute to the social life. So what exactly is the “science of smell”? Let’s have a gauge!

In her book “The Scent of Desire”, Rachel Herz, the Brown University professor specializing in the psychology of smell writes that some people prefer to die at the loss of this sense. So we can realize how significant it is for the emotional and physical wellbeing of a person. In a pole conducted to grade the five senses, people ranked smell as the most trivial one. Ok, we can understand. This is so, because life seems impossible without eyes, taste or hearing capacity. But imagine, you are taking rest in the garden and no aroma comes to the nose from the thousands of different flowers or half-wet soil. Isn’t it just like watching a beautiful picture hanging on the wall? Imagine your morning tea without any flavor. Oops! How dull!

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