Scents to bring you back

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The sense of smell is incredible. Smell can either make you cringe or feel warm and fuzzy inside. It can take you back to memories that trigger vivid images and emotions.

Its summer here in San Francisco and the warm air is filled with the scent of wet cement, trees and ocean air. Since childhood this is what reminds me of summer. Climbing on the playground and going to the beach on class field trips is how I spent my days.

“A number of behavioral studies have demonstrated that smells trigger more vivid emotional memories and are better at inducing that feeling of “being brought back in time” than images”-Jordan Lewis, Psychology Today.

Scientists also found that scents evoke more brain activity in areas devoted to visual vividness.

This is why taking yourself back to wonderful memories is so important for your being. For instance, as of right now the girls in the co-op are filling the lavender eye pillows, which reminds me of the time I went to a farm in Half Moon Bay to cut lavender. I can vividly take myself back to sitting on the cold dirt ground and using a machete to cut the lavender from its bush. There were several bees buzzing past me as i cut the plant, but the cacophony of sound was so calming and the lavender scent was so relaxing i forgot i was working. It was pure pleasure working on the farm at 10 am.

What scent brings you back in time? comment below we’d love to hear your stories!

-Stay dreaming Sweet Dreamers

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