Have you ever wondered what an emotion actually is? Where are those feelings, that can pop up and fluctuate out of nowhere, stored in the brain? How on earth could an aromatic plant essence improve something like our emotional center? We took a deeper look at the science and found some pretty cool facts.
When we inhale through our nose, airborne molecules interact with the olfactory, organs and, almost immediately, the brain.
Molecules inhaled through the olfactory or mouth are also carried into the lungs where they interact with the respiratory system and from there, can also travel into the blood stream. Thus, inhaled essential oils can positively affect the body through several systems pathways.
Many substances are prohibited from entering the brain by a highly selective semipermeable membrane barrier called the Blood-Brain Barrier. Essential oils consist of dozens, sometimes hundreds of organic constituents, all of which are primarily composed of Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen. The molecules of essential oils are all very tiny and most of which can pass through the Blood Brain Barrier, where they then enter the brain and limbic system! Limb what?
RELAX YOUR MIND
The limbic system is commonly referred to as the “emotional brain.” This is the oldest area of the brain.
The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control a large array of things like heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, motivation, stress levels, hormone balance (endocrine system), hunger, learning and basic emotions such as fear, pleasure response and anger.
This relationship between aromatic molecules and the limbic system explain why smells can instantly trigger emotions. New scientific evidence shows that inhaling pure, living essential oils may be one of the fastest ways to create physiological or psychological benefits. Some of these benefits include decreasing anxiety, anger & fatigue, hormone & appetite balance, mood enhancement and sleep regulation.
RELAX YOUR BODY
Every cell in your body has thousands of locations on its surface that serve as “mini” sense organs, called receptor sites. Each variety of plant contains its’ own profile of active constituents and these living properties determine which receptor that the oil will attach itself.
Many oils are used to promote physical healing — such as inflammation, infections, cell function and organ support. All essential oils are principally composed of a class of organic compounds built of “isoprene units,” Molecules built of isoprene units are all classified as “terpenes.” Terpenes are what make essential oils unique in the world of oily substances. They have a vast array of supportive abilities in the body from DNA repair to cleansing cell receptor sites to carrying oxygen to human tissue.
There are many research books on this subject, but you don’t have to know what every oil does to start enjoying the vast benefits of essential oils right now. Ready to take control of your mind and your body?