Olfaction and Consciousness: a Path toward Awareness using Essential Oils and Botanical Perfumes

To educate your sense of smell is not only a practice that improves the perception of one of our most ancient and fundamental senses, but trains ourselves to develop new inner qualities and a new awareness.

The sense of smell is particularly connected to our imaginative and creative abilities. When you smell a perfume, a scent, you receive immediately some images in your mind, images that are memories but also insights. It happens to everyone, immediately. These images are stored in us, and they emerge thanks to the perfume or to the scent we smell.

Smell has a great evocative strength. This evocative strength is not only a naive tool to have nostalgic memories of old times; it is an effective tool for letting new creative potentials (that are somewhere hidden in us) emerge.

Aromatherapy and Botanical Perfumery Courses

Educating our sense of smell let us glean abilities from ourselves that are almost totally unused – to begin to train our smell let us recover a part of our sensibility and intelligence. Because of this I created a Method for learning Aromatherapy and Olfactory Creativity (a Botanical Perfumery for the Soul). To experience accords, synergies, and single raw materials is not only a technical thing; educating our olfaction means training our mind and soul, let a deep part of us to emerge, in a new way, and finally find our true nature and our “olfactory voice” – our special gifts and how to express them through scents and through our life.

When a substance reach our nose it is perceived by our physical channels but it perceived also by our mind and our soul. This means that “to smell” is not a passive act, but it has a passive moment (receiving the smell) and an active one (true perception, when we create our emotional and intellectual response to that). To smell is not a passive act. To feel is not a passive act. We always create our experience, and the path of Olfactive Creativity is a path of rediscovering ourselves, our abilities, our emotions, and our inner self.


Cardamom and Rose, Essential Oils for the Heart and Breath

In these days I am smelling Cardamom essential oil, in all its beauty and power. This spice is very common in oriental and middle east cultures, and it is known mostly for its digestive effect.

The essential oil present a mixed olfactory profile, with a sweet part, a balsamic note, and a green herbal note with an “earthy” background. When you smell it, you breath better, and although it is mostly known for its antispasmodic and carminative effects, personally I find it very interesting for its respiratory benefits.

Rose essential oil

Its smell can be added to Rosa Damascena essential oil, obtaining a special heart synergy. Cardamom brings a feeling of opening (an opening that is in some way restrained, because the feeling is of something liberating but with composure) while Rose with all its floral beauty, elevates the blend and the final smell is more “round” and appealing.

Rose and Cardamom together can be a synergy to diffuse in your environment, or they can be a first step for blending a personal perfume. When we use these notes, we obtain a synergy that opens the breath and the heart, leaving a sense of stability and presence.

If you feel stressed, or with low inner energy, this synergy can support you, giving you energy and soul stamina…the power and stability of the spice added to the floral and rich Rose energy will give you support when “heart energy” and breath are needed.

[This synergy is indicated to people without respiratory problems.]