Can't Smell Your Favourite Scents? Here's Why. - Dayas Essence

Can't Smell Your Favourite Scents? Here's Why.

Hi, friend! Feeling like your nose is off? Can’t smell your favourite scents anymore, even though they seem strong to everyone else?

You’re not going crazy. You’re just experiencing a normal part of life called “nose blindness.”

Maybe you’ve noticed this happening with your favourite wax melts: after a while, no matter how much you use them, it seems like you can hardly smell the scent at all, but then if you take a break from it and come back to it with fresh senses, you can smell the fragrance as strong as ever.

It’s just the same if you walk by a bakery, for example, and take a big whiff of freshly-baked bread, that after a moment, the smell seems to sort of fade away? It’s not that your nose isn’t working (unless you actually have a cold). It’s because the human nose gets “used” to smells after a while. It’s sometimes also referred to as olfactory fatigue or olfactory adaptation.

What’s happening is that your brain is adapting to the scent: it gets used to having it around, so it stops paying attention to it. It’s not a bad thing; in fact, it’s very natural!

The good news is that your brain will start paying attention again if you give it some time away from the scent. Your nose will be able to discern that delicious aroma once more!

Our sense of smell starts with your olfactory bulb, the part of your brain responsible for smelling things. Your olfactory bulb is really sensitive. But how does a smell disappear?

When a molecule enters your nose, something called the olfactory receptor recognizes that molecule and sends a signal to your brain.

This is what you experience as a smell.

Every time that molecule enters your nose, the receptor recognizes it and sends a signal, If you’re aware of it or not, this happens each time.

If that same molecule enters your nose over and over again, like when you’re using wax melts, then eventually your brain stops responding to the signal because it knows what to expect.

That’s why the smell fades—your brain literally stops paying attention to it!

Luckily, there are ways to combat it! Here are four tips that may help:

First, leave the area. The simplest way to reduce nose blindness in your home (or another area where you spend a lot of time) is to leave for a period of time and then return, or stop melting for a day or so, when you get back or turn your melter back on, you’ll be able to smell the aromas that were present before but that you weren’t able to detect while they were becoming embedded into your space.

Second, exercise. Cardio definitely increases blood flow throughout your body, including in your nose. This may help you pick up on scents that otherwise would have been lost to nose blindness.

Third, smell your own skin. While this may seem weird (and maybe even gross), smelling your own skin can reset your sense of smell and help you analyse smells more accurately.

Finally, open things up! Open your windows, open the door, and air things out as much as possible in order to allow odour molecules to be freed from surfaces and dissipate into the air.

Understandably Some people with COVID-19 lose their sense of smell because the virus damages the olfactory receptor nerve endings or supporting olfactory cells within their nose. It’s not yet known whether the damage will be permanent: potential regeneration could take at least 18 months.

Olfaction usually regenerate every 6 weeks in the nose to replace receptors that have been damaged. However, frustratingly following a viral attack such as flu or COVID-19 this capacity to regenerate is sometimes lost.

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