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I stood smelling tiny vials in an aisle in a store. My son waited shaking his skeptic head. His eyes watered at the last one I sugggested. I like the grapefruit, orange, tangerine and the winning one was peppermint. My PT suggested it was good for nausea from dizzines. I also just loved clean minty energy that calmed my nerves.  Am I for real? I feel smell is ndeesmated.

 

I need a soothing balm for pain that overtakes all my soul.

Has anyone felt this.

Has it helped a central nervous system?

 

 

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I love the smell from a lemon balm plant. You rub the leaves between your fingers and get an instant lemonade smell. Very calming to me. Peppermint smell makes me feel energetic. I believe in aromatherapy .

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Smell is something I work hard to suppress in myself. The shower and any running water smells like a chlorine gas chamber and I can even smell the very minute amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas from the zincs in the hot water tank, a new post stroke attribute. I grew up on a fruit and vegetable farm and the smell of cherries in bloom was wonderful. I still remember fondly the sights and smells of walking through a 20+ acre cherry or apple orchard in full bloom.

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yes Scott I am super sensitive to smell now. I carry a small spray bottle that erases stinky bio scents. It works in public bathooms. 

yes scents atach to memories.

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Pam, A while back, a friend suggested that Lavender has a calming affect for nerves (anxiety) and muscles. Every producer of aromatherapy oils that I've run across claims the same. Becky

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I buy lotion, fabreez, soap, Detergent, candles, air spray...stuff with lavendar. I kinda wanted to use something energizing to help my brain fog. I believe lavendar is a must have.

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I am a fan of smelly goods. My nose is super sensitive so I need to stick with certain smells, which I do, and I find that they help me so I don't smell death everywhere lol

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sheesh what a shock keli!LOL!

I hope you do not smell death everywhere.

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Have you seen oil diffusers?YOU PUT SOME OF THE OIL (WHATEVER SCENT YOU WANT) in the diffuser, and a fine mist comes out, smelling like your chosen scent. They're supposed to scent a large area (depends on the brand as to how much area). I'm still looking into it, but I think I'm gonna try it.   Becky

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yes. I have them. I love them. They can be costly at first but well worth it.

 

Pam, my mother was cooking a roast beef and I had to leave for I was getting sick. Smelled like garbage to me  

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On 7/25/2017 at 1:55 PM, scottm said:

Smell is something I work hard to suppress in myself. The shower and any running water smells like a chlorine gas chamber and I can even smell the very minute amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas from the zincs in the hot water tank, a new post stroke attribute. I grew up on a fruit and vegetable farm and the smell of cherries in bloom was wonderful. I still remember fondly the sights and smells of walking through a 20+ acre cherry or apple orchard in full bloom.

 

I'm always learning something new here....several of you said super sensitive to smells.  Is this stroke related?  I had no allergies before stroke, but first one to hit was allergy to fragrance.  The smell of flowers or perfume/cologne felt like it was choking me.  (Now my list of allergies is so long, it's easier to say allergic to everything, lol.)  I always have with me a list of medications I'm allergic to.

I remember too the smells I used to love....fresh cut grass, flowers (esp. lilacs), but have to avoid these smells now.  Can only use scent-free products for hygiene, laundry, cleaning, etc.; otherwise that choking feeling and hives...Yuck!

I'd love to use aromatherapy, but Big Orange No Smiley Face, Emoticon

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I've always been very sensitive to smells.  I always loved to work in my herb garden as the good smells would linger in my clothes and on my hands.  I used to go to the theatre or a concert and spend most of the performance with my head in a hanky trying to filter out the perfumes from the people around me.  The worst part was always walking down the laundry aisle in the supermarket, between the stray soap powder and the smells it was hell. As I got older I've become much more tolerant to it.  but I still avoid fabric conditioners, smelly laundry detergent and scented loo paper, wherever possible.

 

After my stroke a friend made up a massage oil for me that had rosemary, peppermint and thyme essential oils in it. She used to massage my bad arm/hand with it each time she visited the hospital. I've no idea if it helped functionally, but it was certainly good for my mood.

Sweet smells are not my thing but I do like the "spicy" and "woody" smells.  give me peppermint, sandalwood, rosewood, eucalyptus or tea-tree and I'll be happy, forget jasmine, patchouli, etc. Although I'm not against rose oil in small doses, and Mum used to wear a bluebell perfume that I rather liked.
 

I do think Aromatherapy is not completely quackery. There are studies that show that memories are often linked to smells.

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Lin,

I use all scent free laundry products because it feel like I'm in a cocoon of smells. Sometimes a dryer sheet get left behind in the dryer and that means rewashing if I didn't notice it there. We don't even want to talk about the annual algae bloom and how it makes the water smell. :sick:

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Eww Scott, wonder how much I could make if I started bottling our PEI water and selling it??  No one here buys bottled water....unnecessary.    Re: Dryer Sheets - I use Bounce Free & Gentle.  It says Dermatologist Tested, Free of Dyes and Perfumes.  Works for me, and Tide laundry soap also dye and perfume free.

 

Hey Heather, welcome back!

On 7/28/2017 at 4:23 AM, heathber said:

I still avoid fabric conditioners, smelly laundry detergent and scented loo paper, wherever possible.

 

Can you get the dye and perfume free laundry products there?  

 

Scented loo paper?  I have a long ago memory (actually when I was just a kid) of loo paper in lots of different colors, so you could choose the color you liked, very important, eh?  I don't remember if they were scented....They were taken off the market (again when I was just a kid) because of the dye (and possibly scent??)  :humming:

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I remember colored TP and yes scented! Shame that. I liked the pink rolls.

 

Keli When pregnant I cooked thanksgiving. The smell of turkey cooking sent me vomiting outside. I had to leave. The house smelled like that for days.  Interesting bcuz not bother me now.

 

Hormones and smells????

 

I

 lovee

 

orange and tangerine.

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Haven't seen coloured loo paper for years now that you mention it, although I do still see the ones with printed patterns occasionally. They have stopped scenting the paper but they do still put scent in/on the cardboard inners, I hate going to other peoples toilets because of this. hypoallergenic or sensitive skin versions of most products are available here(i.e. without scents or dyes), once again you pay more to make them leave stuff out!  I use a eucalyptus infused laundry powder, that has no fillers in it (often it's the fillers that cause my reaction to laundry powder, pure soap doesn't make me sneeze in the same way, and leaves much less residue in the clothes).

 

 

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We are currently going cruelty free in our house.

It is way way harder than I thought it would be, which is so sad.

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Oh, MY, Goodness!  I thought this post stroke smell thing was ...all in my mind/yes pun intended....but didn't realize it was "new normal"!  I can smell everything much more intensely than before. I have always used essential oils in homemade body lotions, deodorants and cleaning products, trying to rid my home of chemicals pre-stroke.

 

I use rosemary to help with memory, there are studies out there supporting the use of different scents for different things like the lavender and mint you all where talking about.

 

Here is a link to the rosemary study for memory:https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/rosemary-sales-surge-herb-boost-memory-holland-barrett-a7745231.html, I diffuse it next to my study area for school.  Because my memory has gotten so bad so recently, I can't say that I know it is working, but it feels like a positive and natural thing to do as opposed to putting even more chemicals in my body all the time with medications.  Like one of you said, I much prefer the woodsy, citrus and herbal smells to sweet ones.

 

But even pre-stroke... I could smell death, too.  I worked as a hospice aid in my twenties and got used to recognizing the smell.  I smell it on people in town and being somewhat of an empath, I can also recognize it in their vibrational energy.  It is disconcerting and can be anxiety producing.  I haven't been out much since the stroke....but I expect that when I encounter the death smell now it will be overpowering!

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You won't know until you start going out more, fingers crossed it's not too bad.  It's so funny isn't it when science starts to back up what your grandma told you!

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Tarina we are peas in a pod!

I can smell EVERYTHING!!

Which is crazy weird because my septum is crooked and I don't breathe through my nose!

 

We are a cruelty free and ethically sourced household  and we have also started to buy fragrance free.

 

Makes a difference 

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Smell...this has been a huge factor for me post stroke. I smell everything and sometimes things that I don't even know exist because no one else smells it. Which leads me to the fact that many others who have noticed this about me think I'm crazy or well have a few loose screws. I also am and have always been an empath. That in itself is draining but add smell and it's like literally like swirling around the "loo" and going down the drain. However, I also like clear, clean, earthy scents too. I much rather smell those over certain food or knock me out now the smell of death. In my dad/stepmoms front room there is a coat closet that no one opens. Reminder: my stepmom is a collector/hoarder (not gross stuff really at least for most people). In that closet there is clothing and memorabilia from my stepmom's past. 20 years ago she put moth balls around it's floor. 😷 Today almost every day I can smell them. Loud, strong, gagging moth ball smell. Absolutely no one else smells it. 😑 My mom was running around her office spraying febreeze one day saying how there was a weird smell she couldn't get rid of. She even took the trash out...again. I walked in and said somebody has been smoking weed. My mom gasped at me. She said no way. I said yep weed. I said it over and over "It's weed mom". She then said it sorta smells like a skunk is close. I just looked at her and said some people call it skunk...I promise you it is weed. It's still a mystery...for her. It makes me be a bit OCD...about bathrooms, closed up areas, kitchens, closets, basements, attics, old stuff...this has also happened with my tolerance of certain sites as well. Like kids making slime 😰, trash cans, okra 😰, tissues, toilets, bathtubs, shoes...jello. 😐 Ok gotta stop. Yes I do blame the stroke...my tolerance for "things" has NEVER been as challenging.

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Wow, Tracy, that’s tough.

I smell more, but nothing makes me gag really.

I can’t believe the moth ball thing, that must be so difficult for you.

I guess your step mum can’t smell it?

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Nope she can not. Neither does anyone else...but it is there. I have terrible fears of inhaling toxic fumes from it...it is considered a pesticide. It is weird Janelle...I was a preschool teacher for years and I have made my own play dough, slime and any other tactile goop good for manipulation. Yet slime today is a gagging factor. My niece wanted me to touch it!!! I turned green and went inside! 😂

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I knew I wasn't alone with my smell sensitivity, and I had no idea how many survivors experience it! 

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Susan you are right, another thing I really never thought about going through, yet here we all are.

Tracy you must have faced lots of bad smells as a teacher for little tackers!!

 

Reading back through this thread,  talking of lavender,  it also keeps flies away.  Now just have to find something natural to keep spiders away! We have snake repellers so all good in that department!

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