There is a multitude of ways that most of us try to make our homes smell welcoming and cozy (and cover up that toast we burned in the kitchen). Unfortunately, most of the air fresheners and products that use diffuses, even those touted as containing “natural” ingredients in the retail stores, never smell as good as their name implies. In many cases, you also end up filling your lungs full of chemicals. That’s not the case with products made with true essential oils and without chemicals. That said, some have asked the question “Where did the fresh scent of essential oils go? Well, your nostrils more than likely block the scent – a condition referred to as “Olfactory Fatigue”. This isn’t just the case with essential oils either.
More About Olfactory Fatigue
This is a common condition and it’s actually a very good one to have. Olfactory fatigue sets in as you become accustomed to a scent. It turns out that the nose, which plays an important part in the internal defense mechanism, is able to register scents, and then promptly tunes them out so that new scents can be easily detected.
Think of it this way. The body uses olfactory fatigue to help protect us from danger. Like fires, or back in the caveman days, saving you from approaching critters that might just want to have us for dinner. Fortunately, today we have other devices to protect us like alarm systems.
Good Examples of Olfactory Fatigue
A good example would be that if you’ve been wearing the same fragrance for a while, the scent may eventually seem to fade, even though it’s as potent as it always was before. The same goes during those family get-togethers that involve lots of tasty, wonderful smelling dishes that come from your kitchen. If you remain in the kitchen long enough, you’ll eventually find that you no longer experience the delightful smells, or at least not as strongly. These scenarios are due to olfactory fatigue.
Home and Office Scenting Tips
To help minimize the impact of olfactory fatigue, try switching the scents you use from time to time. In addition, try using a different blend of essential oils in varying parts of your home and diffuse the scents periodically throughout the day.
The most important thing to remember is that even though you might not smell the essential oils you’re using, it doesn’t mean you’re not receiving any benefits. Those wonderful, delightful smelling oils remain in the air, making you feel centered both physically and emotionally. So, enjoy your essential oils and be fortified by the experience!
The sense of smell is one of the most overlooked of the senses. The purpose of this article is to act as a catalyst to help our readers be more conscious of the importance of our sense of smell and the benefits of the essential oils we introduce into our lives.
New to essential oils? Look for essential oils or all natural air fresheners that contain them, like Geranium (balances the emotions), Sweet Orange (helps eliminates toxins), Bergamot (relieves anxiety and stress), Chamomile (calming, supports a healthy digestive system) and there are many more. Have fun with them and remember that, even if the scent dissipates, you’re still reaping the healthy rewards of the oils.