I love oils also. They are incredibley beneficial. Great friends of mine are passionate about getting them into people's everyday lives and homes because there is such health benefits to them. Smell also does something so significant to our senses. They say the sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. Those with full olfactory function may be able to think of smells that evoke particular memories
Incoming smells are first processed by the olfactory bulb, which starts inside the nose and runs along the bottom of the brain. The olfactory bulb has direct connections to two brain areas that are strongly implicated in emotion and memory: the amygdala and hippocampus. Interestingly, visual, auditory (sound), and tactile (touch) information do not pass through these brain areas.
This may be why olfaction, more than any other sense, is so successful at triggering emotions and memories.
Individuals can have widely distinctive emotional responses to scents that are identical in chemical composition. There is also evidence to suggest that what you think you’re smelling affects your response to an odor. PTSD patients often say certain smells trigger memories whihc triggers their body, more than any sight or sound.
Signature fragrances are something I have known of since I was young. I will always remember living in the Uk because of a certain smell of honey. My dads pipe that he used to smoke. My friends fake, cheap perfume in elementary school. My first boyfriends deodorant. Fresh cut lawn-mowed grass on a Saturday monring in the neighbourhood I grew up in.
The women in Song of Songs knows this too...
She recognizes the signature fragrance of the king
Your presence releases a fragrance so pleasing— over and over poured out. For your lovely name is “Flowing Oil.” No wonder the brides-to-be adore you
The Message Translation says 'The odor of your ointments is fragrant;
your name is like perfume poured out'
Historically this meant that she would rub the fragrance on her door handles of her inner chamber of her bedroom in an expectation of him and a reminder that he was coming back for her one day.
It is deeply intimate, both her longing for him and all that she wanted to remind herself of who she was waiting for. She takes his name and all that characterizes him into her inner chambers of her life.
Every time our hearts utters the name of Jesus, we too usher HIs presence into the deepest, most inner chambers of our heart.
Have you spoken His Name over your deepest longings?
Have you whispered HIs Name in the darkest moments of your pain?
Will you invite Him into those spaces and rooms?
When you do, it triggers something, it evokes memories and emotions of all that is His nature and character.
I believe it also does something for people around you... 'no wonder the brides-to-be adore you ..' If we are speaking well of HIs Name and of what we love about HIm, it is like an aroma that others notice.
I wonder what aroma is coming from our declarations? Do others notice a signature fragrance? May it be a sweet perfume to their longing hearts.