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Scented flowers and fragrant plants
Monoi, Vanilla, we only need to evoke these two names, to smell these iconic floral perfumes, for us to project ourselves into some imaginary journeys and survey the most beautiful tropical beaches.
It is because they evoke memories and emotions, that everywhere and at all times, we like to surround ourselves with flowers and their scents.
If scented flowers and fragrant plants move us, it is first of all because they appeal to a powerful sense: the sense of smell. Often perceived as secondary, it plays an indispensable role in our eating and social behaviors and, often associated with memory, is a powerful generator of emotions. Detecting the smell of jasmine can bring us back to childhood and simply passing by the Indian Curry Tree can whet our appetite.
Where does the scent of flowers come from?
The scents of plants and their flowers are combinations of thousands of small volatile molecules that evaporate easily on contact with the air. Each mixture is unique and almost impossible to reproduce artificially. For fragrant tropical flowers, it all starts in the petals where Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are produced. These compounds are not unique to flowers and can be found in the bark as well as the leaves. Handle the Shell ginger plant and revel in the smell of this spice; crumple up a Giant honey flower leaf and inhale the smell of peanuts; rub a Bitter Orange tree leaf to smell Grandma's bitter orange marmalade...
Why do flowers smell so good?
Fragrant flowers exhale their scent through their petals first to attract pollinating insects. Their survival depends on it and 10% of the energy manufactured by a plant would thus be dedicated to the creation of odors alone. The intensity of these scents varies from one variety to another depending on the pollinator to be attracted. Their intensity, but also their pleasantness! Indeed, if roses and field flowers enchant us during the day, if jasmine and honeysuckle capsize us at nightfall and if the smell of the Tahitian gardenia is a wonder; the very spectacular Arum titan, to attract a large beetle, produces a sweet smell which is a clever mixture of decomposing corpse and rotten fish. Quite a program! .
Perfumes are a sensorial invitation. They attract or repulse us, bring joy or pain, reminisce or invite us to a better future...
So , find the one leading you to the most beautiful motionless journey.