Scented Candles/Incense for Those who Cannot Smell?

Incense smoke

Incense smoke (Photo credit: Lomacar)

So, I have a sort of issue. I have something called anosmia, which means that I don’t have a sense of smell. I can’t smell anything, anything at all. I’ve never been able to and almost certainly never will be able to.

This makes using scented candles/oils/incense really confusing. Because, really, the lavender candle in front of me could smell like burnt diapers and I wouldn’t even notice the difference.

I guess my biggest question is that, is it really important to have certain scents in a ritual? Like, are those scents there to put the person into the right frame of mind to perform whatever ritual or meditation they are aiming to do? Or, are these things vital in summoning/contacting/aligning with whatever spirit or energy that you are working with?

If it’s to get the person in the right frame of mind… well then having a special fragrant candle isn’t going to make me feel any different than a normal candle by scent alone so it would be kind of pointless. If it’s appealing to some outside force, then I could understand that they wouldn’t solely be for me, but as a tool.

I would love to hear some opinions on this, it’s probably a pretty personalized issue, but I definitely thing it’s a relevant topic. It would be great not to have to go out and buy specially scented candles (and also have to ask someone what each candle smells like if they aren’t labeled ). So yes, I would really love some input on this!

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