The Scent of Healing
Published on March 15th, 2013
Do you ever smell a scent and it brings you back to that Christmas at Mom’s or catch a whiff of baby wipes and it takes you back to memories of your child’s infancy? We all have those certain trigger scents that bring warm memories flooding back. Aromatherapy works in a similar way.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils made from plants as an alternative source of relief for infections, stress, and other health problems.
It’s believed that just like the scents that trigger warm memories of the past, essential oil scents work in the same way to promote positive health. The receptors that detect smell in your nose communicate with your brain. If you smell something foul, you immediately back away and have a reaction. This is because the nose communicates with your body’s “filing cabinet”, the amygdala and the hippocampus, these areas in your brain file and maintain your emotions and memories.
Are essential oils really “essential”? How are they any different from me picking up a candle that says the same scent?
Essential oils are taken from roots, seeds, leaves and blossoms of plants; they are NOT made from chemicals in a factory. These are used to enhance physical healing, improve your emotional state and encourage relaxation. Quite the opposite of a harmful synthetic scent.
When you breathe in essential oils they stimulate your brain which enhance and influence physical, emotional, and mental health, emotional health. As an example, lavender has been found to stimulate areas of the brain in the same way that sedative medications work. In addition, lavender, rose, orange, lemon and more have been proven to relieve anxiety, stress and depression!
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