Green is where the Heart Is for March 11th, 2015

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 11 March 2015 04:00

"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled
as good as bacon.“ ~Doug Larson

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

My family loves bacon.  My neighbor Mike loves bacon.  Who doesn’t?  Just the smell of it conjures memories of childhood breakfasts with pancakes and eggs or the tasty summer lunch of a BLT with fresh slices of tomatoes on toast smothered with mayo.  Whether you like your bacon soft and bubbly or crispy the smell grabs you before your mouth ever touches it.  That is some powerful aromatherapy. 
Successful retailers understand the power to seduce customers into their space using scents.  The smell of chocolate wafts down Market Street pulling customers into Kilwin’s to purchase ice cream, fudge or chocolates.   April and Max might want to consider piping the smell of popcorn smothered in butter to pull customers into The Veggie Wagon.
So Larson has a point.  If veggies are so good for us, why can’t they smell like bacon or chocolate or coffee?  Even if a person does not like the taste of coffee, they usually enjoy the smell.  The scent of coffee reduces stress as it causes molecular changes in the brain, which explains that much of the satisfaction we get from drinking coffee comes from the odorous effects as well as the taste or effect of caffeine.  Project neuroscientist Yoshinori Masuo, head of the Mental Stress Team of Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology was interviewed on NPR and discussed about whether we should just sniff our morning coffee instead of drinking it. 
Wake up and smell the coffee, smell the bacon, smell the sugary sweet Britt’s donuts but eat your vegetables. 
Feng shui considers the language your space is speaking.  Our bodies interpret the space with all of our senses.  How does your space smell?  Kind of a personal question, I know, but the way places smell gives as much information as the placement of the furniture, the color on the walls or the clutter in the corners. 
I was cooking cabbage the other day and my son came in and said, “It smells like Nana’s house in here.”  Celebrations at Nana’s house always consisted of traditional Ukrainian foods like cabbage rolls.  It brought back fond memories for Jeremy.  OK.  There you have it.  The smell of vegetables can produce happy molecules in our brains.  Collards anyone?  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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