How to Choose If You Don’t Like The Smell of Essential Oil?

“Does the fact that there are essential oils that you like when you smell them mean that this essential oil is better for you? Conversely, if you don’t like the smell of essential oil, does it mean that it’s not good for you or that it’s bad for you?”

This is very much like the “gut feeling is better” or “listen to your heart” way of thinking.

Intuition is the only weapon you have when you don’t have any knowledge about something, and you may find that sometimes your intuition is right, but often the opposite is true. 


What does it mean if you like the smell of essential oil?

The ability to judge based on smell is an ability that has evolved over a long period of time in the competition for survival in nature and has been built into our genes since birth, which is convenient but not precise.

For example: to determine whether food is rotten, we usually know by smelling it, and the rotten smell becomes a danger signal in genetic memory.

And we drool at the smell of grilled meat, instinct tells us that it is safe and tasty food.

So is everything that smells good, is safe, and good for the body?

Of course not, especially the modern developed chemical industry has been able to imitate a variety of human favorite flavors, such as artificial flavors, seasonings, flavor enhancers, etc.

Although it claims to meet the standard of edibility, it is clearly harmful to the body, except that we have not evolved enough sensitivity to easily identify it.

What does it mean if you do not like the smell of essential oil?

If you don’t like the smell of essential oil, is it not suitable for you or harmful to your body?

Not really. We don’t like the smell of essential oil, most likely because we haven’t smelled it or are not familiar with it.

For example, when I first drank beer as a child I was repulsed inside and really didn’t understand why the adults enjoyed it so much.

The first time I bought durian, I didn’t know what durian was, and I almost vomited when I opened it and smelled the stench emanating from it, so I thought it was rotten and threw it all in the garbage. 

But now in my life, durian and beer have become my favorites. 

The same goes for essential oils, many of which are repulsive when I first smell them, such as manuka, oregano, coriander leaves…

Because I have been in contact with aromatherapy for a long time, most of the time I need to touch essential oils, and after smelling them many times, I slowly became comfortable with each smell.

In fact, this is the richness of nature, not that it smells strange, but my nose lacks the corresponding experience.

After all, the plants we have access to in our lives are probably not even one ten-thousandth of nature.

Having figured this out, the defensive mind will gradually disappear and know how to appreciate the unique and richly layered scent of each essential oil.


Whether or not a certain essential oil is right for you and your symptoms has to do with the ingredients and properties of the oil, not with whether or not you like the way it smells.

If it happens that you also like its scent, then congratulations. 

The results of using it are likely to be better, simply because your mood becomes better, which will have a positive effect on the results.

If you don’t like the smell of essential oil does not mean that it is dangerous for you.

It is because each essential oil has been rigorously tested to ensure that it is safe and harmless for humans (provided it is used in reasonable doses).

There is a genetic component to a preference for scent, as well as a personal preference and insight. 

It is often possible to change, and by sniffing more of various essential oils, you will expand your scent preferences.

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