Can You Smell Ghosts? 4 Paranormal Smells To Look Out For

There are many believers out there that claim that a sign that a ghost or spirit is close is their distinctive aromas. It is believed that the scent type that a spirit emits usually varies according to the type of message they are trying to convey.

The ghosts that are trying to communicate with a loved one or friend can choose a variety of different ways to make a connection. Just about everyone knows about stories about misty forms that come to a person in a time linked with grief or a ghostly voice that speaks words of warning or comfort, but not everyone has heard about the spiritual messages that are conveyed through smell.

Over the years, science has gone onto prove that memory and scent are tightly connected. A partner or family member which you were very close to might want to alert you of their presence without alarming you with a full-body apparition that could cause you to question yourself or your sanity. In some cases, using a particular scent that you will surely notice, or which may immediately trigger an event from the past is one of the more gentle methods for a ghost to communicate.

The paranormal smells or odors come in several varieties that include some of the following:

Floral Scents

The most common odor reportedly linked with spirits or ghosts is a fresh flower smell. Jasmine, lilac, and rose are three very different scents that are linked to spirits that have passed recently. In some cases, the floral scent is connected to the loved one that had a specific fondness for a particular flower opposed to a person who has recently passed away.

Everyday Scents

Certain spirits display extremely unique scents which were connected closely to them while they were still alive. These are known as “connection” scents that can include pipe or cigar smoke, a specific cologne or perfume, cooking foods or brewing coffee. It is said that these types of odors are specifically used by the person who has departed to assure a loved one that they are close by in the times associated with pain or even joy.

Negative Or Demonic Scents

The odors associated with sulfur, rotten eggs, mildew or rotting food have often been reported where an unfriendly or unhappy ghost is said to reside. The demonic smells are often given the description of something that is terrible, grotesque or rotten. Some people have even reported that they can smell a rotting corpse. Certain people also state that a person that is possessed by a demon will emit a putrid smell. However, in most cases, it is houses that are usually associated with more trouble.

Smelling Fate

In some cases, people have shared stories that they are able to smell when a person is going to die soon.  One of these stories was featured on the website True Ghost Tales from a woman who said that she would smell an earthy smell or fresh dirt when waking up in the morning.

After this experience occurred several times, the women made a connection. Within a day or two before a friend or family member’s death, she woke to this peculiar odor. She started to get to the stage where she wished this strange ability or gift would leave her. Unfortunately, it persisted and when it did happen, she was always left wondering who would be next.

You can also read about smelling fate on Stranger Dimensions

Interpreting The Messages

If you or a loved one experience these phenomena, you may want to answer a few questions that can assist you in clarifying or understanding a message that might be for you:

  • Is the smell pleasant to you?
  • Is the odor something that you find familiar?
  • Are you currently experiencing a particularly joyful, painful or difficult event?
  • Is there anyone that you can think of that may be trying to contact you, as well as why they would want to make contact?

Olifactional Residual Haunting is one of the terms that is used loosely in order to describe a spirit that has become trapped in a loop that is continuous linked to a specific odor or smell associated with the person. One of the other theories associated with the smell of a spirit is when an event left behind an impression in a psychic form in a specific area, where certain people are able to witness the replaying of a smell or scene.

*This post was written by Alissa Monroe of Psychics 4 Today.  


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  1. My rotten smell is in the morning and it wakes me up and one time it was like someone face was in my face and blue the rotten smell don’t my throat. Took my breath away for a few seconds. It’s been going on for years. About 3 years ago my son came running in my bedroom and wanted to know what that smell was can you thought it was electrical what but I said no that’s not electrical. So I start wearing across around my neck and it has been helping

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