Just as you have to develop a taste palate for exquisite and gourmet cheese, you may also cultivate an exceptional aroma palate for essential oil smelling.
If you are able to develop such a palate, then recognizing the oils by their scent and a deeper understanding of aromatherapy both become possible.
Moreover, you will also be able to blend different essential oils together since you will know which scents complement each other!
Here are some pointers that can take you closer to having a cultivated aroma palate:
- It's best not to attempt smelling essential oils in a heavily scented environment. Do this in a place where there are no conflicting scents, preferably a well-ventilated area.
- Keep other distractions and noises to a minimum. Arrange for a place where the humidity is low and the temperature isn’t too hot or cold.
- You will need to carry smelling strips with you. They can help increase the exposure of your olfactory senses to the fragrance of essential oil. Try out a few brands until you find one that suits you perfectly.
- Next comes the technique. If you haven’t already guessed this, you need to be in a relaxed state to be able to concentrate on the job. So relax and start by taking short sniffs. You might have to take multiple sniffs since it might take you several tries to get the true impression of an oil’s aroma. However, don’t exceed seven sniffs.
- Take note of what you smell because it will help you remember what an oil smelled like. The scents can be dry, earthy, spicy, balsamic, sweet, and even floral. If you do not think in those terms, then write down the names of the things that the scents reminds you of, such as rain, freshly cut grass, etc.
We hope these tips help you on your way to becoming an individual with a cultivated aroma palate for essential oils!