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Trust Your Sense of Smell

By Jodi Cohen

A young girl with braided hair smelling a vibrant pink peony in a lush green garden.

We are intuitively drawn to what our body needs, both in our sense of smell and our sense of taste.  For example, you may crave a hamburger if you need iron or chocolate if you need magnesium.  It’s important to trust your intuition and your sense of smell, as it will often guide you to what your body needs.


Sense of Smell


I have observed both personally and with clients that the oils seem to change their fragrance when the body needs them.  One client reported that “the Intestinal Mucosa™ always smells the best to me, so divine that I just want to eat it up – which makes sense, because my small intestine suffered the most damage with my ulcerative colitis. When I first began using the Gallbladder™, I reacted to it in the same way – I couldn’t get enough of it and I kept craving the fragrance. After my gallbladder started to heal, I suddenly stopped craving it and didn’t find the smell as enticing.”

This makes sense as our sense of smell is critical to our survival and is the first of all our senses to develop. Even before we are born, our sense of smell is fully formed and functioning. Research also shows that smell is the most sensitive of the senses. People can remember smells with 65% accuracy after a year, while visual recall is about 50% after three months.  It is interesting to note that a  woman’s sense of smell is much stronger than a man’s and is heightened even more during the first half of the menstrual cycle and pregnancy.

Trust that when you crave a fragrance, it is your body’s innate intelligence communicating what it needs to be healthy. This does not necessarily mean that an oil will not be beneficial to you if you don’t enjoy the fragrance, but you may find yourself inexplicably drawn to a particular oil because your body is asking for it.



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About The Author

Jodi Cohen

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils. An author, speaker, nutritional therapist, and a leading international authority on essential oils, Jodi has helped over 50,000 individuals support their health with essential oils.