Can you smell your medicines and herbals? If not, you’re missing an important smell immune response trigger.
Smell Your Medicine Before You Take It
What role does the nose play in your overall health? A lot, as it turns out. In Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, a biological response to smell and taste are important parts of the treatment process. (For example, the smell of sage is known to help with memory.)
In other words, in traditional medicine systems it’s important to smell medicine before you take it.
Smell Immune Response
The nose knows – and can prime your immune response.
So how exactly are the senses – such as smell – part of the immune response and treatment process? First and foremost, evidence suggests that this Ayurvedic tradition may have a scientific purpose. Smell actually seems to prime the immune response.
Here’s how. The nose is the first line of defense against sickness. The nose is lined with fine, hair-like projections known as cilia. The sinuses are lined with mucus-making cells. This mucus (or “snot”) keeps the nose from drying out. Together, cilia and snot collect dust, bacteria, and other debris before they can enter the rest of the body.
But recently it has been determined that the nose plays a more significant role in the immune system. The olfactory cleft is the roof of the nasal cavity. The olfactory cleft is right next to the part of the brain that consists of the olfactory bulb and fossa. This part of the nose has many nerve endings that carry smell sensations to the brain. These sensations include information that can prime the immune system.
We experience irritation when dust or an allergen enters the nose. But that’s only part of the response. The brain receives feedback that helps identify the invasive element and initiates the first stage of an immune response. A decline in the sense of smell is linked to an increased instance of early death.
Further, stimulation of the brain via the nose can improve memory (as happens with sage). It can also enhance mitochondrial function, reduce stress, and help protect you from illness.
Smell Immune Response Helps You Optimize Your Health
The smell immune response connection is real, and the nose is an important sentinel against invasive elements. What does this mean for your functional health? It means you should consider drinking teas and using bulk concentrates instead of capsules, pills, and tinctures.
Said another way, if you’re looking to optimize your health, you should be able to smell the medicines and herbal remedies you’re taking. If you’re not smelling your medicine, you’re missing an important trigger for the immune response.READ THE FAQS