I'm starting a series on essential oils and emotions and I'm so excited about it! In this post I'm going to touch on essential oils and emotions when inhaled aromatically.
One of my favorite essential oils for emotions is dōTERRA's Elevation blend. This is their joyful blend and it's full of beautiful citrus oils combined with powerful calming oils. It's uplifting and relaxing at the same time. As crazy as it might sound, when I was going through a terrible patch of anxiety I had completely forgotten about this oil and when I finally found it again, opened the bottle, and smelled the oil, it brought me to tears immediately with the relief it brought my mind. This oil reacted directly with the emotional parts of my brain and brought me an unexplainable amount of uplift, peace, relaxation, and joy in a super stressful time. It was my first emotional experience with oils that hit me so intensely.
When using your essential oils aromatically, they effect the emotions directly through the nose. Our sense of smell is called "olfaction" scientifically, and is controlled by the olfactory system of the body. So when we open a bottle and inhale the aroma, the tiny oil molecules travel through our nose to the olfactory epithelium where they are absorbed. Olfactory receptors (tiny hairs) then become stimulated and activate a signal to the olfactory bulb. The olfactory bulb then transmits the signals that the essential oils caused directly to the brain. This information reaches a few different components of the limbic system. The limbic system is responsible for emotion, behavior, motivation, memory, and learning. So EVERY time you inhale an essential oil, you are communicating with the emotional part of your brain DIRECTLY. How awesome is that?
How does the brain respond? So the way your brain responds to these signals is by releasing chemicals that effect your emotions in different ways. These chemicals and hormones include endorphins, serotonin, and noradrenaline. So different oils will effect your brain differently. Lavender and wild orange for example, are responsible for the release of endorphins and serotonin which relax and calm the body while peppermint may be responsible for the release of noradrenaline which is a stimulating and energizing chemical.
This means that the simple act of inhaling essential oils has the effect on your mind and body to be either relaxed, calmed, or energized. After studying and recording the effects of essential oils on the way we think, our moods, and how we cope with stress, scientists have found that these areas of the brain actually seem to "light up" when we smell certain oils.
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I would love to know if you've had any incredible emotional experiences with essential oils. Leave a comment down below if you have or if you're interested in learning more!
Thank you so much for reading!