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When the sense of smell meets emotions

Some facts are so strange but also so interesting!


Anxiety has an effect on pretty much all of our body systems and this is the reason why it is important to address it. However did you know that anxiety affects your sense of smell? Literally, the more anxious you are, the more the word around you stinks!


This is due to the many neuronal connections we have between our olfactory sense (our sense of smell) and areas of the brain which deal with primary emotions such as the amygdala or the hippocampus. They are constantly communicating with each other and anxiety has therefore an effect on the pleasantness of what we smell!


Fortunately naturopathy can help reducing stress and anxiety with the use of plants and nutrition! Let’s get back to smelling the roses, literally and figuratively!




Reference: Krusemark E, et al. When the sense of smell meets emotion: anxiety-state-dependant olfactory processing and neural circuitry adaptation. J. Neuroscience. 2013;33(39):15324-15332.

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