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How Essential Oils Work Through Inhalation

Updated: Jan 31, 2022

How do essential oils change our emotional state? You may wonder why essential oils have become so popular in the last 5 years? or how they help us emotionally through smelling them? Well firstly they smell great!... and they are easily accessible. It is advised to only diffuse 100% pure essential oils. You will notice that there are some “essential fragrances” on the shelf; these are not essential oils. The cheaper they are…. The more “fillers’ they have and are NOT 100% pure.

So I guess the question is… Why do we experience emotional changes when we smell essential oils?

Well this is because of their ability to instantaneously prompt powerful emotional responses. Research has shown that activating your olfactory system can bring specific memories to the surfaces resulting in relaxation. Have you ever wondered how smelling the roses down the street can bring back the memories of the roses in the garden of your childhood home? Or how the smell of an orange reminds you of those hot days spent running through the sprinkler with your friends? This is basic human biology. The limbic system is the connection between your nose and the brains emotional control centre. In simple form, information from your nose, triggered by smell goes through the limbic system which control mood, memories and emotions. Your body contains over 1,000 receptors associated with smell meaning it has amazing sensitivity and accuracy. This is one of the primary reasons why essential oils can be so powerful in influencing well-being.

Ways to inhale essential oils:

-From the bottle- Smelling the oil straight from the bottle is easy and great for on the go. -Cupping- Place a drop of the oil into your hands, rub them together and cup your hands over your nose. Slowly and deeply breathe through the nose and out of through the mouth. Note: If using a “hot oil” dilute with carrier oil. -Diffuser- Place 4-6 drops in the water of the diffuser and turn on to the desired time.

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