The Electricity of Smell
We have 20 million smell receptors on our nose.
The dog has 80 million and the rabbit over 100 million
The sense of smell is the oldest and most primitive of the five senses in all animals. It is highly developed in the lower animals (fish, amphibians and reptiles), but in humans it has developed very little compared to vision, hearing, taste and touch.
It is commonly believed that the nose is the organ of smell. At the entrance of the nostrils, we find hairs that serve to filter dust, and further inside there are capillaries (small blood vessels) functioning as radiators to warm up the air that we breath. Only on the roof of the nasal cavity — at the level of the eyes — do we find the specialized zone for the sense of smell, an area of one square inch. It is yellowish and contains twenty million specialized cells. These cells have very tiny antennas which enable them to catch the various smells and then, transmit them, electrically, by the nerve of smell, to the limbic and cortical zones in the brain, for proper interpretation. There are some researchers who claim that man is capable of distinguishing two to four thousand different smells. The human nose is most sensitive to methyl mercaptane, the characteristic smell of garlic.
Even today we use incense with aromatic ingredients to perfume the environment. The word perfume is derived from the Latin: per = through + fumum = smoke. The incense is produced when various aromatic resins, leaves and flowers are burned to perfume the air around us. Today we use sprays with perfume to match the individual’s preference. However, nowadays the most common incense is, undoubtedly, tobacco.
Axillas (Diagram) Each person emits or exudes a characteristic smell. Interesting: in the axillas or armpits there appear, only after puberty, special glands to produce fatty acids which emit the characteristic smell of each one of us. Also the hairs of the axillas serve as antennas for better diffusion or spreading of the aroma... Men have more abundance of these glands in the axilla than women. The sense of smell is finer, keener and more delicate in women than in men. Women, during ovulation, experience an enhanced sense of smell! Scientific research has already demonstrated that the vaginal secretions possess scented fatty acids which appeal to and excite men. For this reason some prostitutes smear their nipples and necks with their own vaginal mucus or secretion.
When it comes to sexual attractants through scents and lures, man, compared to insects is left hopelessly behind. In this field, the insects are the supreme masters. They wrote the book on the subject! To attract a sexual partner, at great distances, the female moth produces a secretion called pheromone (a word coined from the Greek meaning “carrier of excitation”), which we could with justification, call the hydrogen bomb of scents because of its awesome power. A microscopic drop of the moth’s pheromone, the size of a point of a pin, could tint an entire lake! If a woman were to possess such a pheromone, and in proportion to her size, she would be able, theoretically speaking, to attract a billion men, with her “come-on” scent. And this number represents more males than are found on the continents of North America, South America, Europe and Africa. The moth’s pheromone is truly the sex-scent hydrogen bomb!
The ancient Chinese, Egyptians and Greeks were the first to use perfumes as aphrodisiacs, that is, substances which cause sexual arousal. There is a close relationship between the sense of smell and sexual function in animals and the perfume advertisements are sure evidence that similar relationships exist in humans. But the modern perfume industry works against the natural smell given to us by Mother Nature for the past four million years. A baby, who breast feeds, recognizes, by smell alone, who is his true mother! But Americans, both male and female, are notorious for taking vigorous and lengthy baths and showers using plenty of soap to eliminate all natural smells and afterward covering themselves with deodorants and artificial perfumes! Truly nonsense!
For insects and animals the electric nerve pathways are most important for their sexual function. In humans the sexual function has become increasingly cerebral and conditioned by social and psychological factors. It does not matter if the nose is crooked, snub, turned up, long, short, curved or hooked. What really matters is that the nose capture and carry along its nerve pathways the natural smells for the electricity of love!
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