Friday, January 9, 2015

Smelling With Your Body For Freaky Friday...!

I just found out that our skin can smell odors, not just our noses. Freaky, right? get's even better!

It seems that certain smells can actually help our body heal. That's right! According to this article I found over at Knowledgenuts, certain smells are almost like medicine. That's pretty cool when you think about it!

You Don’t Just Smell Through Your Nose
By Debra Kelly on Wednesday, January 7, 2015

We tend to think that we smell with our nose, but we’ve recently found that nearly every single organ in our bodies is capable of smell. More precisely, our organs have been found to contain olfactory receptors that are keyed to react in certain ways to certain scents. When receptors in the skin are exposed to the smell of sandalwood, healing and regeneration increases. When prostate cells smell rose scents, the formation of cancer cells stops. The potential is pretty staggering, considering the same receptors even exist in our kidneys, our muscles, and a lot of other places.

We’ve heard the stories about having taste buds in our stomachs, but it turns out that as far as our senses go, that’s not even the weirdest thing we’re capable of doing.

For as long as we’ve been aware of things happening around us, we’ve realized that we’re capable of smelling things, for better or for worse. But the mechanics of just how our bodies and our brains register smells has been largely a mystery until the last few decades.

And in those decades, we’ve been finding that we have olfactory receptors pretty much everywhere. Almost every organ in our bodies, from the kidneys to the liver to the colon, has the same olfactory receptors that are found in our noses.

It seems pretty bizarre (what is there to smell in there, anyway?) but researchers have also found that our internal olfactory senses do some pretty amazing things.

Much of the work is being done by researchers at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, and one of their most recent discoveries is that olfactory receptors in the prostate are incredibly sensitive to a particular scent called beta-ionone. You know it as what gives a few popular flowers, like roses, their distinctive smell, and apparently, it’s also what stops the development of cancer cells in the prostate. They also found that smell receptors in sperm were uniquely coded to respond to the smell of an egg.

At about the same time, Emory University researchers were finding that the smell of lily of the valley was directly linked to the regeneration of muscles; increase the amount of the muscle’s exposure to the scents, and regeneration increased dramatically.

Just as bizarre are tests performed at Johns Hopkins that have found that scent receptors in the kidneys of mice are stimulated by smell to help control blood pressure and metabolism.

It’s not only internal organs that have these uniquely developed smell receptors, either. Skin cells also contain them, although it’s at a much lower sensitivity than the receptors in your nose. (There’s also a much smaller variety of them than in many animals.)

Researchers from the German university then decided to test the reaction of the skin’s receptors to different scents; as one, they chose sandalwood. For more than 4,000 years, we have records of sandalwood being used in oils and perfumes, highly valued for not just its scent but for medicinal purposes.

And it turns out that there’s something to it. When the cloned olfactory receptors were exposed to the smell of sandalwood, there was a major, major increase in the cell replication that took place. In addition to healing injuries to the skin, there’s also the possibility that the science could be used in a new school of products to prevent aging and to help in the skin’s healing process after burns or other traumatic injuries.

The science is still rather up in the air, and it’s a pretty long, involved process discovering just what scents trigger what receptors and what they’re designed to do. But the development behind the stimulation of the body’s olfactory receptors opens a whole new set of doors for everything from reducing the effects of aging to combating cancer.

I always knew that certain smells could make me hungry or sleepy or calm, but now I know that I might be doing myself a big favor by investigating a little more on healing smells. Heck, I'll take all the help I can get, ya know?

Coffee in the kitchen once again this morning. Anyone want to smell some bacon cooking?


Chickenmom said...

All that is true, Mr. Hermit - all I have to do is smell chocolate chip cookies and my fat cells get fatter!
I'll bring the fresh eggs to go with your bacon!

Mamahen said...

Very interesting stuff....breakfast sounds about if I bring some biscuits to go along :))

linda m said...

Wow, that is really interesting. I knew that certain smells can make you feel more calm or sleepy or energetic. But this was news to me. How interesting. Nothing better than the smell of frying bacon except maybe bread or cookies baking. See ya soon as I am tired of all this cold. Have a great weekend - I'll be hibernating.

texasann said...

Bubba -
Lily of the Valley is my favorite perfume fragrance, and these old muscles could sure use some regenerating, so maybe I'll try more often. Bacon, biscuits, and eggs - smells like breakfast to me! Cup of hot coffee, which I know you always have available, and we're set. How about I bring along some milk gravy for those biscuits? Yum boy howdy, as BillyBob says ...

JO said...

This is very interesting, I hope that they start testing these results soon for the cancers.

I can bring some fresh ground Italian Roast coffee.

Judy said...

Bacon, yum!

I have several different flavors of jellies and jams I made that I can bring to go with those biscuits.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
I hear ya on that! Everything I like or eat seems to add to my waistline.
Eggs are always a good thing!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Mamahen...
I do like some freshly made biscuits! They go with just about anything!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Lina M...
Seems to me that hibernation might be the way to go.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Sis...
That sounds like the kind of breakfast we used to have! All good stuff, that's for sure!

Thanks, Sis, for coming over today!

Hey Jo...
Guess that maybe some of the older treatments might not have been as crazy as we thought!

Thanks, sweetie, for stopping in today!

Hey Judy...
My dear sure is good to hear from you again!

Bring on all those jellies and jams! I'd like to try them all!

Thanks so much for stopping over this morning!