What's the connection for our brain, aromas, and emotions?
The warm, nutty fragrance of baking cookies, the sharp sting of chlorine bleach, the crisp perfume of spring’s first lilac blooms – all aromas that can invoke emotion and telling expression.
Essential oils with their potent aromas have something very rare – a virtual mainline through our body, boosting oxygen saturation in the limbic brain where aromas are king!
As we inhale aromatic compounds they travel through the olfactory bulb to the limbic system (our emotional brain). The limbic system structures are involved in many of our emotions and motivations – fear, anger, happiness – particularly those related to survival.
Lavender, for example, triggers Serotonin which has a relaxing effect on our mind and body and will help to reduce stress and encourage more restful sleep. Similarly Patchouli with its aphrodisiac property is considered to be quite effective in releasing sensual feelings, inciting desire and libido.
The benefits of essential oils are virtually limitless in improving your mental and physical well-being. Along with regular exercise and adequate sleep, the use of aromatherapy is a natural, effective source for mood management.
Find the aroma you need and give your olfactory bulb a workout today, won't you?