The use of essential oils has existed for thousands of years, its aromatic application these days is known as AROMATHERAPY.
It's a therapy of a holistic nature, which seeks to achieve integrated physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance through the use of essential oils. It was used by ancient Greeks, Romans and Indians for religious and ceremonial purposes . The term was only coined officially in century XX.
It took the scientific community several years to follow the wisdom of our ancestors and recognize the benefits of essential oils. After much research, they began to understand how the body's chemical sensors responds to the effects of aroma. A concept that ancient civilizations discovered long ago, aromatherapy can have a remarkable effect on our emotions.
Today there is a greater understanding of the methods of applying essential oils. All methods are safe when used properly. We can use a single oil individually or create a synergy and mix various oils.
Various application methods can be used for our emotional and physical well-being. Application methods can be Aromatic, Topical or Internal.
Because of the complexity of the human brain, certain aromas can trigger emotions, activate memories, and stimulate emotional responses. This concept, known as the "Proust Phenomenon", suggests that while we all have different memories and experiences, everyone has the ability to experience a distinct response when inhaling aromas. This internal response acts as an "aromatic pathway" that connects the aroma to different areas of the brain,
triggering an emotional response.
When we inhale a distinct aroma, it is processed through the olfactory system of the brain, the sensory system responsible for controlling our sense of smell. The olfactory system is connected to the limbic system, an area of the brain where memories and emotions are stored. At this point, the limbic system produces a distinct response to the aroma based on the memories associated with the specific scent - creating a wave of feelings that follows. Essential oils can produce responses that can be used to improve well-being and manage emotions. *
The sense of smell is a tool that can promote powerful physiological, mental and emotional responses. Some essential oils promote stimulating or invigorating effects, while others are more soothing.
Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for aromatic use. Diffusers that use cold air or water are the most ideal, since heat can deteriorate the quality of the essential oil and reduce its benefits. However, the use of essential oils does not require any particular diffuser.
You can simply place a few drops in the palm of your hands, join them and bring them close to your nose. Take a deep breath and get the same benefits.
Another form of application is to pour 2 or 3 drops of essential oil directly on to a tissue or cotton ball or disck . Don't forget to inhale deeply.
For a more practical approach and for those who have a love for simple & easy, just open the vial and .... (you know, right?), Breathe deeply.
Two drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow case and you will have a deep and restful night's sleep. The old saying goes "Our pillow is our best adviser", exists for a reason ....
Thank you Mother Nature... És P O D E R O S A !
Share with us any questions, experiences or suggestions for future posts. Please login to leave your comment. Thank you for your visit!
The publication of this information is not a medical practice and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before taking any form of treatment, the reader should seek the advice of their physician or other healthcare provider.
*Information and images provided by doTerra International