Nosey Delights

Nosey Delights – 10 Olfactory Delights Which go Directly to the Brain

Nosey Delights – 10 Olfactory Delights Which go Directly to the Brain

How do we smell? Well, by a very direct route, those molecules go straight to the brain.

“Your ability to smell comes from specialized sensory cells, called olfactory sensory neurons, which are found in a small patch of tissue high inside the nose. These cells connect directly to the brain. Each olfactory neuron has one odor receptor. Microscopic molecules released by substances around us—whether it’s coffee brewing or pine trees in a forest—stimulate these receptors. Once the neurons detect the molecules, they send messages to your brain, which identifies the smell.”  See here on Smell Disorders.

Here is my list in no particular order of preference:

black and white rain

1. Petrichor ~ the scent of rain on dry earth, or the scent of dust after rain. Calming, sad, lovely. Reminds me of arid Karoo farms.

2. Freshly baked bread. A Huffington Post article refers to a study which, actually says this smell makes us kinder to strangers. Smells like home.

3. Magnolia, outside the lounge window in East London, when the girls were little. Reminds me of times gone by.

4. Jasmine, the first flower to appear in Spring in South Africa. Brings me happiness.

5. Arnica, the healing oil I used when doing Reiki. Makes me think of peace and fulfillment. Healing.

6. Baby oil, the all fingers and toes of my young babies. Love.

7. The indefinable smell of a lover. Indescribable, beyond words.

In the words of the incomparable Sinead for all those who have loved and lost:

8. The smell of books. Makes me happy.

9. Bergamot:

“Bergamot oil yields a citrus-like fragrance, with a distinctive spicy-floral quality. The scent is both spicy and sweet, and is prized in perfumery for its ability to blend well with other aromas to produce pleasing, complex scents.” See on What is Bergamot? Sensual smell.

10. Clean sheets mixed with Lavender. Comforting happiness. Hearkens back to childhood innocence.

Rain image from under a silent light


Nosey Delights – The Smell of Acceptance

Nosey Delights – The Smell of Acceptance

From the yeasty warmth of freshly baked bread to the clean, summery haze of lavender flowers, we all have favorite smells we find particularly comforting. What’s yours?

My Grandparents

My Grandparents

I am posting here a link to an earlier post from Reflections – Tell us About Yourself – 365 Days of Writing Prompts.

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Tell us Your Story | Reflections | Smell of Acceptance


Daily Post: Nosey Delights – The Smell of Acceptance

I am linking here to an earlier post which fits exactly with today’s prompt.

365 Days of Writing Prompts: Tell us your story. Tell us about a journey — whether a physical trip you took, or an emotional one.

Ouma, tiny in stature, warm, loving, kind. I can smell the cooking from the minuscule, can’t turn around kitchen. The smell of acceptance and safety. I remember seeing her, I did not know it would be the last, fragile, yearning to go to her place in the heavens, (a deeply religious soul).

“…en ek sal in die huis van die HERE bly in lengte van dae.” (Psalm 23 – I will stay in the house of the Lord for the length of days).

Staring at the coffin, my heart constricts, fluid pouring from my eyes and nose, I wonder why it does not come out of my ears, I feel I am dying myself. It felt like the end, end of a home, a place of safety, an unconditional love. I felt I would never know such a place again. Not so much a place but an attitude. Years later I see her and feel her and I miss her, my grandfather, I miss him, (man of few words, teddy bear of a person, shrouded in pipe smoke, kind), wishing them well in whatever rebirth they have taken. Both my grandparents, down to earth, uncontrived. I have not met such people again. They were innocents in a complex manipulative world. Thank you Ouma and Oupa for your heartfulness. Life really only offers a few such opportunities if we are lucky. Lady luck, turn your gaze on me now.

Ouma and Oupa standing, first and second on the right.

ouma and oupa with family


Sign outside the cemetery, isn’t life ironic?

cats crossing


Oupa: 21-10-1900 to 01-09-1985, Ouma: 05-01-1902 to 26-08-1999.

ouma and oupa

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