Really. A direct brain pathway connects a guy's olfactory bulb to his septal nucleus, where penile blood flow and erection are controlled. In fact, research has shown that almost 1/5 of men who lose their sense of smell also lose sexual function.
Experiments show that a combination of lavender and pumpkin pie produces the most arousal in men, increasing penile blood flow by an average of 40 percent. A combination of licorice and doughnuts finished second, increasing blood flow by 31.5 percent.
Women, on the other hand responded most strongly to a combination of licorice and cucumber. The combination increased vaginal blood flow 13 percent. Women had a negative responses to charcoal smoke which caused a 14 percent reduction. Interestingly, the study found that women aren't turned on by male colognes; they actually caused a 1 percent reduction in vaginal blood flow.
So guys, if you want to turn your honey on, skip the barbecue and forget after shave. Go buy some Good & Plenty candy. The licorice, for some reason only your brain knows, will arouse you both.
PS This just in, film at 11...
A familiar scent wafting in the bedroom may help your memory.
Scientists had medical students play a computer version of a common memory game: They turned over pairs of cards to find each one's match. Some played in a rose-scented room. Later that night, while they were in a deep stage of sleep known as slow-wave sleep, researchers gave them another whiff of roses. The next day, the rose-scented sleepers remembered the locations of those cards better than people who didn't get a whiff — they answered correctly 97 percent of the time compared with 86 percent.
What happened? Anyone who's ever gotten a whiff of a particular odor and flashed back to an emotional memory — grandma's apple pie, say — knows that scent and memory can be intertwined. With the card game, the odor reactivated the day's new memories of object placement, allowing a now-resting brain to consolidate them, the researchers wrote. But because different parts of the brain are involved with different types of memory, the odor didn't play a role with the more numerical finger-tapping test.