Something about spring puts everyone in a better mood no matter what else is happening in the world. A sense of rejuvenation and confidence just magically floats in on the breeze. Like the flowers, we find ourselves popping out of the darkness of winter, standing a little taller, and reaching for the sun; our winter shuffle turns into a livelier stride. The world feels full of hope once again.
Out of all the many wonders of spring, my favorite is the fragrances permeating from all of the wonderous things in bloom.
Did you know your ability to smell is crucial to your well-being? The National Institute of Health says, “Your sense of smell enriches your experience of the world around you. Different scents can change your mood, transport you back to a distant memory, and may even help you bond with loved ones.” Bypassing the Thalamus, scents travel directly to the olfactory bulb directly connected to the amygdala and hippocampus, which might explain why the smell of something can immediately trigger a detailed memory or even intense emotion. These two brain parts are responsible for inputting emotion and calling up memory.
Helen Keller has a great quote: “Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.”
I thought about this yesterday while walking in the fields filled with Honeysuckle’s perfume. I was momentarily transported back to my early childhood on my grandmothers’ farm. I could see my grandmother as plain as day, working in the garden she loved dearly. It’s a powerful memory for me as it confirms where my love for nature originates and roots me in my ancestry, filling me with love and warmth.
What is your favorite fragrance during springtime? Is there a memory tied to it? What type of emotions does it bring up?
Spring will soon close her doors for another year. Step outside and breathe it in! Let me know what you discover; I’d love to hear from you!
Gratefully, from my heart to yours,