Welcome APJ family to the end of February. Already!
This post is about a strange phenomenon generally associated with pregnancy. It is called pica and refers to a desire to eat, or drink, things that are not traditonal food items. I think, in my case, it is tied to my nutritional deficiencies.
Pica = Digressional Food Cravings
I notice pica hits me worse of all when I have had too many coffees or I have eaten gluten. I find I crave certain perfumes and actually wish I could drink the notes I am seeking the sensation of. Other times, I might wear a perfume and I find a note that starts my pica cravings with having no noted nutritional problems.
In a way, I am grateful for this pica response, for it alerts me to take greater care with my diet. My internal system is quite particular and really cannot take certain foods, or an excess of a couple of foods. I also have a condition known as alexythemia; or difficulty knowing my own emotional state. I need external cues to help me understand what my body and/or emotions are putting me through. Pica tells me I may have upset my stored vitamin balance by having an extra coffee a day for a week, or that gluten that tasted SO good is making my intestines writhe in agony.
The main culprits are Mon Guerlain, TRNP’s Blue Lotus and Jardins de Bagatelle. Both Guerlains leave a metallic zing I actually enjoy at a cellular level. I do not always have this response from Mon Guerlain, but I certainly do from JdB everytime. Blue Lotus contains ylang-ylang and I know that this note, or oil, has me wanting to eat a whole bag of candy bananas. I have to be careful to wear ylang forward scents only when I am feeling in peak health. The overriding desire to eat ylang-ylang can affect my focus because I have to actively stop myself from seeking food that might contain ylang-ylang. I really get the urge to drink Blue Lotus, so mental energy needs to be at full to keep me mindful.
It is embarrassing to admit this publicly, but I think it an important issue to discuss. It is one of those taboo topics barely touched upon by midwives or doctors when one is pregnant. It is considered a rare phenomenon that might catch a pregnant woman by surprise. It may explain why some neurodiverse people eat things that might raise eyebrows.
When I was young, I’d eat flowers in spring. I ate some stalks too. It was a secret that I kept to myself for I learned it indicated mental instability. I became vegetarian at 11 years old and I ceased munching on these flowers and stems. I suspect the very notes I become affected by in perfumes are those I sought when scouring local alley ways as a child.
Another strange pica like sensation comes from Angel’s Dust, by Francesca Biachi. Oftentimes, wearing it, I get a distinct sensation of tasting bronze sprinkles, or fairy dust, in my mouth. I have never tasted this craft item, but it is how I expect it would taste.
Have you any unusual reactions to perfume, or scented items? Does it encourage or discourage you from wearing a perfume?
Until we meet again,