Can Essential Oils Really help Tame our Emotions? The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!
Yes, research proves that scents have the ability to stimulate the Limbic Region of the brain as well as the pineal gland and pituitary gland.
Did you know that just smelling a rose can bring healing and elevate one’s mood? Of our 5 senses, the sense of smell is the ONLY one that is directly connected to our brains. Our olfactory system is directly linked to our Limbic system, which is the center for human sex drive, memory, and emotions.
Information sent to the Limbic system is automatically paired with any existing memory identifying the scent, this arouses the emotion that the given smell is associated with. This is the reason why smells are so powerful in producing memories, whether good or bad.
Essential oils have the ability to pass through the blood brain barrier and stimulate the brain. Their effect is very quick and can result in the relief of pain, stress, promote sleep and improve mood. On the flip side a smell can trigger an anxiety attack, a repressed traumatic memory or stimulate a constant arousal into ‘FIGHT OR FLIGHT”
The deep limbic system lies near the center of our brain. It’s the size of walnut- it is packed with functions critical to human behavior and Survival. This part of our brain is involved in setting our emotional tone. When it is active, there is a positive, hopeful state of mind. When it is overactive, negativity takes over. It is easy to see how this system is also involved with relationship bonding and social connectedness.
There are many methods of enhancing the inhalation of essential oils: use of a nebulizer, cool mist diffuser or inhaler. Inhalation is one of the easiest methods of use and is considered the most direct pathway for an aromatic blend to reach the Limbic System and the olfactory center at the base of our brain via impulses. They then pass between the pineal gland and amygdala- our memory center.
When inhaled fragrant vapors enter the lungs they are instantly released into the bloodstream for delivery to every cell in the body. Scientific research shows that essential oils can remain in a person’s bloodstream for up to 4-6 hours depending on the note of the oil.
Essential oils that are properly diffused are known to kill bacteria and viruses, calm emotions, increase feeling of well being and positiveness and improve mental clarity. Over time diffused oils can strengthen the immune system, eliminate odors and reduce mold spores.
LIVING HOPE WELLNESS REMEDIES & SERVICES has several products that target the Limbic System! We have made 3 blends that specifically address our emotions. Next week I will talk about one of my favorite blends called “Calm Your Squirrel”.
Our pocket/purse inhaler makes it easy to use discreetly throughout the day. We also have a 10 ml roller-bottle that can be used on acupuncture points on wrist, neck and bottoms of feet.
Each oil has been chosen specifically for its chemical makeup and its ability to blend well with forming a pleasant aromatic blend that is pleasing to the senses.
Keeping our minds and emotions under control is not an easy task for most of us. We at Living Hope Wellness Remedies & Services are striving to provide education and products that enable you to make choices that will give you control over your emotional health and well being.
We know you will enjoy our current scents and we look forward to providing new product options in the future.