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The Olfactory Drive: Scent and Sex

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The Olfactory Drive: Scent and Sex

The history of scent and the power of aromatherapy in transforming lives has been recorded since the earliest human civilizations.† As far back as 4500BC the Egyptians were using plant essences to make perfumes. The ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, said “the way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day.”† The ancient Hindu system of Ayurveda relied on the use of essential oils in its healing potions. According to the Bible’s Book of Exodus, God transmitted a special anointing formula of essential oils to Moses† which was used to consecrate the first high priest of the Israelites

Today the practice of Aromatherapy is a vital and frequently used alternative healing modality for a wide range of conditions as scent messages to our brain triggers neurochemicals which produce a wide range of mental effects from relaxation to euphoria.†† Essential oils are absorbed by the body in two ways-through the nose and through the skin. When the oils are inhaled, the olfactory nerves in the nose transmit the scent message in .05 seconds, faster than the brain registers pain. The olfactory bulb is located in the limbic part of the brain.††† In addition to scent recognition, this brain center† controls memory, emotion and sexuality.

Our sense of smell and what attracts or repels us is blueprinted in our immunological gene structure called the MHC. Each individualís own genetic scent makeup is as unique as their fingerprint. Whatís more, when it comes to reproduction, the healthiest progeny comes from two individuals whose MHC is most distinct and different from each other. This assures that any offspring has the widest range of immune function and therefore is the most disease resistant.

This actually makes perfect sense in terms of our biological imperative to go forth and multiply, but it also profoundly affects the whole courting process as well as the likelihood of making your love sustainable. MHC compatibility is a predictor of not only bearing healthy offspring, but relationship longevity and frequency of cheating on your partner.

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Wendy Strgar

Wendy Strgar, founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, is a loveologist who writes and lectures on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love, intimacy and family.† In her new book, Love that Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy,† she tackles the challenging issues of sustaining relationships and healthy intimacy with an authentic and disarming style and simple yet innovative advice.†It has been called "the essential guide for relationships." †The book is available on ebook.† Wendy has been married for 27 years to her husband, a psychiatrist, and lives with their four children ages 13- 22 in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


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7:38AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

I always think scent is under-rated in how we form relationships with one another. It explains why we can be friends with someone with whom we outwardly have little in common, and take against someone who, on paper, should be a soulmate. It's nothing to do with cleanliness or the reverse, just whether a person somehow feels right.

3:57PM PDT on Aug 11, 2010

I think so!

8:18AM PDT on Jul 19, 2010

Interesting article.

4:19PM PDT on Jul 12, 2010

I read somewhere that the perfume men find most attractive and the biggest turn-on is vanilla. So, ladies, instead of buying expensive perfumes, colognes and essential oils, just dab a little vanilla extract behind your ears...

2:17AM PDT on Jul 8, 2010

Is that why I love my scented candles and bath salts so much : )

12:03PM PDT on Jun 21, 2010


12:05AM PDT on Jun 19, 2010

interesting, thanks

4:26PM PDT on Jun 17, 2010

aromatheraphy is such a pleasure...

9:02AM PDT on Jun 14, 2010

very intrigueing. this is worth doing a bit more research on.

7:26PM PDT on Jun 12, 2010

Thanks for the good info

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