5 Things You Should Know About Pheromones
Pheromones...you’ve probably heard of them. Companies tout perfumes and oils as love potions, saying that they contain pheromones to get you and your partner in the mood. But, what should you actually know about these love-making scents?
- Pheromones are subconscious odor signals released from the body that have a physical or emotional effect on another member of the same species. Pheromones are a kind of chemical communication between male and female, male and male, or female and female, that by-passess any form of thought-process and remains strictly biological. Pheromones are your body's form of unique communication in alerting you to be attracted to someone, or stay very far away from them.
- However, there is a lot of mixed evidence as to whether or not pheromones actually exist in humans. The consensus is that pheromones do exist, yet most of the research regarding the topic has to do with other animals -- we have yet to find direct evidence of their existence in humans. These chemicals are also species specific: studies show evidence of this mainly in animals such as pigs and rabbits. All meaning: exposure to pheromones in other species (ones commonly used in fragrances) does not directly influence sexual attraction to other humans. So, don’t go buying that perfume just yet...
- A half-moon shaped structure within the nose, called the vomeronasal organ is where all of our pheromone detections naturally occur. Pheromone signals are picked up by this structure, and relayed to the hypothalamus, which is available for the storage of emotions, hormones, reproduction, and sexual behavior. Typically, any non-pheromone scent picked up by the nose passes through the the olfactory epithelium. As humans age (quickly), the vomeronasal organ eventually relapses to a less-developed state, and neural connections begin to disappear. Why is that? Why have we become so disconnected from a developed state that, biologically, we are designed to operate from? When found in humans, the vomeronasal is often mutated, nonfunctional, and disengaged with any kind of emotional reactivity.
- We, as humans, are free-thinking individuals that exercise judgment and are subjected to different motivations, leaving pheromone research and analysis quite difficult. There is so much else that comes into play when we're attracted to someone: thoughts (really, really powerful thoughts) which as a result, create emotions which in turn create feelings. There is also inherent DNA and biological chemistry, of which have become profoundly altered as a result of a century's worth of genetic code troublemakers. And on top of all of this, we are regularly surrounded by a multitude of stimuli, making the ability to tap into this natural signaling process even more obscure.
- Therefore, if humans are -- however forgotten about -- able to make love-center-sensory judgements just by using our noses, it is possible that chemicals in another can and will have an indirect effect on our desire. A scent or odor may elicit a pleasant emotional response which, in turn, increases sexual feelings. In addition, it is likely that a particular scent or odor that has been paired repeatedly with a sex partner or a certain sexual activity (for example, a brand of cologne or erotic perfume) may come to produce a purposed desire response, as feedback from a DNA-specific sensual memory. This is similar to smelling your granny’s pumpkin pie fresh out of the oven, and feeling like a child inside. However, we must not confuse advertised sensuality with genetic code and our own highly personal, delicious musk.
All in all, pheromones definitely do exist, but they may not be fully detectable by humans in the form that we always assume that they should be. Pheromones are really just what we refer to as hormones, and with the rise of birth control, chemical substances and other various hormone disrupting matters today, it's no wonder we've lost touch with what our DNA is asking for from another human being...
Looks like you're going to have to make use of all those other inner-love-tools you've got to lure in a lover. Good thing you have that Sakara glow!