Smells. They abound everywhere around us. From the foul repulsing smell of stale food to the sweet, embracing smell of our favourite perfume and that of nature.
The smell of a freshly mowed lawn or an over ripe mango and cashew as they decay on their tree is one earthly good smell that is sure to stick for a long time in our memory.
Personally, the sweetest smell I have ever perceived was the nose piercing, nerve crackling albeit unbelievably relaxing, sweet, earthly smell of the rain after a ground breaking marathon of days.
We possibly can’t deny the sweet smell of nature in its varieties. From the sour, mouth watering smell of lemon to the sweet, romantic smell of roses and daffodils which is accompanied with it bright, happy yellow colour (making it the perfect place to get lost). Another is the greenish, herbal, throaty smell of a freshly mowed lawn and freshly cut Azadirachta Indica- otherwise know as Neem tree or popularly known as Dongoyaro in Nigeria- branch (which is believed by some to cure malaria) and the nasal passage clearing sensation of fresh air and earth or the deathly smell of Carrion flowers (rafflesia, stapelia etc.) otherwise known as ‘corpse flowers’.
This brings out to functions of smell as not only olfactory pleasing but also medicinal. Examples are the Neem tree which not only has a good herbal smell but also used in the treatment of malaria by local herb makers in Nigeria, the aloe vera, tumeric, ginger among several other smells of plants and fruits.