Aromatherapy engages your sense of smell through the use of essential oils naturally extracted from flowers, leaves, fruit, bark, and roots, Studies show that it has true healing benefits for both physical and emotional concerns.
Breathing in the scent of essential oils activates the brain’s limbic system, which, among other functions, controls your emotions. The properties of these oils also stimulate your central nervous system, which monitors your internal organs and transmits signals to your glands and muscles.
Do you know that scent is the only sense that goes straight to the cortex? Meaning the things that you see, hear, taste, touch, all these senses you have, come through your nerves and ultimately end up in your Thalamus. And Thalamus directs these senses into the appropriate areas in the cortex and other areas of the brain.
The sense of smell actually is the only sense that you have that bypasses Thalamus. And instead, it has its own private relay station that, when it comes from the nose, goes to a certain area in the brain very close to the area that regulates emotion, which explains why aromatherapy can be such a powerful tool to connect to your deeper emotions.
Different essential oils deliver different benefits, and they are carefully chosen depending on the concerns you have. Some can help lift your mood, reduce anxiety, relax or energize you. Others can improve concentration, relieves stress increase sense of joy, and more.
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