Saturday 1478 – 31st March 2012
Take a look at the rose below that I took last year. What do you see?
It’s colourless so you are only getting a representation of this rose; missing out on it’s full beauty ( though I confess I rather like this Black & White version myself! )
This is what it’s like when you have no sense of smell. You only get the olfactory monochrome version of everything.
I passed by Lush in Cambridge today. They make gorgeous soaps, bath products and cosmetics with no animal testing, little or no preservative, vegetarian Organic ingredients and generally little or no packaging. For those not familiar with Lush you can read about the company on their website here
Usually when you are approaching the Lush shops you can smell that you’re getting near. I used to love that and going in to breathe in all the scents from the huge blocks of Soap with names like Sexy Peel ( Citrus mix) or Sea Vegetable ( Arama Seaweed, lime and lavender) and bubble bars like Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds (Patchouli, Frankincense and Cinnamon) or Rose Jam ( Rose, Geranium and lemon). You get the idea.
I said “used to” because I’ve completely lost my sense of smell. I noticed last summer that I could barely smell the Sweetpeas that I’d grown in my garden. Their scent is one of my favourites. (Or was ! ) At first I thought they just didn’t have much scent but when I asked my friend she said they had a very strong scent…hmmm. Then gradually nothing. By July/Aug my sense of smell had gone completely. I am now what’s known as Anosmic. I’ve had sinus problems caused by allergic rhinitis for years and this loss may be because of that or because of the side effects of medication I was using for it. Currently having investigations to try to find out why.
Why is it important? Well apart from not being able to enjoy the heavenly smell of a bluebell wood, an old English Rose, a damp forest, new-mown grass and all those other glorious scents of nature to say nothing of freshly baked bread, food cooking or even the smell of a loved one, it’s actually dangerous. I can’t smell when something has gone off like meat or milk, ( apparently food poisoning is more prevalent in those who can’t detect rotten food) or if something is burning or indeed I couldn’t tell if I had offensive body odour either ( luckily I’m not naturally a sweaty person !! ) and I like to think my friends would tell me !
So are there advantages? After all most things have a silver lining don’t they. One advantage is that I can’t smell the sweaty armpits of the man standing next to me on the tube or that overpowering smell of bad perfume you get from some women. As I’m a Social Worker I go into some houses that I just know would smell terrible, (or that I’d experienced before I lost my sense of smell) where it is a definite advantage not to be able to smell!
Of course it’s not just the sense of smell that suffers food also becomes way blander as smell plays a huge part in taste 😦
Memory is also affected, not in a traditional sense but because smells conjure memories that are associated with them. The smell of baby powder used to always bring back memories of when my children were babies; the smell of silage when I lived on a farm etc.
In recent weeks I’ve had 2 momentary smells…one in Lush on a different day ( I go regularly to check it out!) and on another day where I strongly smelt orange essential oil. How wonderful that was and gave me hope that my sense of smell will return.
So all you people who can still enjoy smell I say get out there and breathe them all in just in case!
So tell me If you were to lose your sense of smell tomorrow what smell do you think you would miss most? Would it be something pleasant or maybe even unpleasant? I’d love to know 😀
Saturday Girl is tired this week and is signing off now.. see y’all.
Oh and by the way this is the full beauty of that rose.
You can see lots of photos on my other blog Helen’s Photomania here