Stop and Smell the Roses

Stop and Smell the Roses

Smelling the fragrance of a rose can bring healing and elevate one’s mood.  Even when the scent is too faint to notice healing is taking place.  The sense of smell facilitated through the olfactory nerve invites the fragrance into certain regions of the brain, enabling the body to process them naturally.

Just inhaling a fragrance will bring healing to the body because with pure therapeutic essential oils the molecules are small enough to bypass the blood-brain barrier and reach down at the cellular level to bring healing.[1] Regular inhalation of essential oils stimulates the limbic region of the brain and encourages the natural release of the human growth hormone (HGH). [2]

With 1,000 sensors in the nose, it can identify 10,000 scents.[3] And because the nose is wired differently that the other four senses, it carries molecules directly into the emotional center of the brain where traumatic memories are stored.  Essential oils are a vehicle by which repressed emotions can be released.[4]

The Hebrew word for smell is reyach, and this shares the same root word for spirit, which is ruach.  Yahweh was moved to compassion through the sense of smell as in the account of Noah’s offering after the flood: And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD…  and offered burnt offerings…  and the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake (Genesis 8:20-21).


[1] Stewart, David, Ph.D., D.N.M.  The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple: God’s love manifest in molecules. Care Publications. 2005.

[2] Ledoux, Dr. Joseph. New York Medical University.

[3] Cromie, William. Researchers Sniff Out Secrets of Smell. Harvard University Gazette.

[4] Stewart, David, Ph.D., D.N.M.  Healing Oils of the Bible. Care Publications. 2003.  Page 32-33.