NOSE OF BREATH AND SPIRIT
Few of us boast the noses of a blood hound but all of us can claim the rightful heritage of our sense of smell. Following an old but direct route to our brains, the scents we sniff out run straight to our cortex.
No reason to go by way of the thalamus.
No need to pass GO, even.
Take that, Sherlock Holmes.
Ever stick your schnoz in a cedar chest? The bouquet of fragrance hits as warm, woody, and comforting, all at once. An aromatherapy favorite, cedar oil comes from distilling the wood of the cedar tree into a powerfully spicy lubricant that acts as a disinfectant, a preservative, and a repellent for bugs.
All with that peculiarly savory smell.
What a gift – to posses such an ancient olfactory mechanism.
And even as scent-blind humans, we breathe in more than 20,000 different smells.
Quite a lot of ambrosia to choose from . . . and to enjoy.
Have a particularly fragrant 8th Day!