October 18, 2014

Our Smell Cells Are Everywhere

1 How Olfactory Receptors Heal Skin Damage

Biologists at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany have discovered that olfactory receptors, which in the nose allow us to smell odors, are also found in human skin cells and are present virtually everywhere on our body. It turns out that the receptors that identify smells in the nose act as specialized chemical detectors in other parts of the body where they are present, and perform different functions depending on the specific organ. For example, it was found that when the skin is exposed to a synthetic sandalwood aroma called Sandalore, a series of biological reactions are triggered that aid in treating injury to the extent that abrasions heal 30 percent sooner in a Sandalore-scented atmosphere. Aroma therapy may have more scientific validity than it has generally been credited with.

More at Nytimes.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Loss of Smell Linked to Early Death

Tags: Olfactory Receptors, Odor Receptors in the Body, Ruhr University Bochum, Olfactory Receptors and the Skin, Aroma Therapy

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