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Smell and Health

I like smell and taste. So I've written stuff on smell and taste, including the basics but also the latest news, e.g. Smell - what & how, Role of smellFunction of pleasant smell,Theories of smellSmell & MoodSmell & DepressionTherapeutic use of smell, AnosmiaSmell trainingTasteHealthy smell (below), and these topics will be updated regularly. I don't deal with "alternative facts" so I try to give a reference to everything I report. There is also a smell NEWS section which reports on the latest stories in smell.

Healthy smell What is a "healthy" smell? Can smells influence health?
We will see that disease smells, dogs and humans can smell this, smell can be therapeutic, smell can cause anxiety, and curative herbs smell pleasant.
Lemon aroma in a doctor's waiting room resulted in fewer reported health symptoms. Lemon is associated with cleanliness and freshness and this aroma altered people's psychological state so they felt …

Role of Smell

What is smell and what does the sense of smell do for us?


FUNCTIONS OF SMELL
Hazard warning | Memory prompt | Chemical signalling | Antidepressant | Flavour detector |
Appetite control | Mate selector (HLA detector)
also: Smell and the pill





Hazard warning
Smell is one of the chemical senses, the other being taste (see "Taste" page). They are so called because they sense chemicals, and smells are, of course, chemicals. With these senses we sample our environment for information. We are continuously testing the quality of the air we breathe (this will alert us to potential dangers, e.g. smoke) as well as using this sense to inform us of other relevant information, such as the presence of food or another individual. The chemicals detected by our sensory systems need to have certain properties. For instance, odour molecules must be small enough to be volatile (less than 300-400 relative molecular mass) so that they can vapourise, reach the nose and then dissolve in the mucus. This…