If you follow The Library of Fragrance, you'll know that what really excites us is the deep connection between scent, memory and emotion. But what if suddenly, you were no longer to appreciate odours in your life, or forge new memories and emotions associated with them? What if you were unable to smell or taste food (smell and taste are hugely interconnected)? What if you were unable to use your sense of smell to detect a gas leak, or something burning? Take a minute to pause and think about how your life might be affected if you couldn't smell.
Anosmia is a condition whereby the sense of smell - and therefore also taste - is affected and in many cases, lost entirely. And whilst we may all understand what losing ones sight or hearing might entail, anosmia is a lesser understood condition and sufferers may not even know the medical term for what they are experiencing, let alone where to turn to for help.
The charity, Fifth Sense is great organisation, set up to provide help, resources and support for anosmia suffers, as well as increase awareness about the condition. The 27th February is Anosmia Awareness Day and as part of a continued drive to promote understanding, Fifth Sense are encouraging people to use the #LongLostSmell across social media. What is your Long Lost Smell? What’s the smell that you would miss more than any other, and why? Or if you are affected by a problem with your sense of smell, what is the one thing you really wish you could smell? Tweet to @FifthSenseUK using #LongLostSmell – all tweets will be shared on Fifth Sense’s Storify page at www.storify.com/FifthSenseUK/long-lost-smell
If you would like to know more, or find out about other events that are taking place as part of National Anosmia Day, hop over to the Fifth Sense website, here. You may also donate to help to fund future research into smell and taste related disorders, here.