When fragrance is inhaled, the odor molecules travel of the nose where they’re trapped by olfactory membranes that are well protected by the lining inside the nose. When stimulated by oder molecules, this lining of nerve cells triggers electrical impulses to the olfactory bulb in the brain. Because the limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, essential oils can have profound physiological and psychological effects. The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain - the emotional control center. Anxiety, depression, fear, anger, and joy all emanate from this region, all other senses are routed through the thalamus.
Essential oils are derived in their purest form from God’s medicinal natural resources – Botanicals!
Dating back to ancient times and used for thousands of years, essential oils are a natural remedy for many of life’s adversities – whether physical, mental, emotion or spiritual. With many biblical references, essential oils have historically been used to combat virtually every ailment known to man. Something the ancient world knew and implemented quite well, our modern society has only begun to discovery the power within God’s healing oils.
The broad spectrum of therapeutic actions of essential oils are coming back into the lime-light for their healing benefits. Not only are they used as effervescent perfumes, but also as applications to temper aches and pains, as antiseptic remedies to promote health and healing, and even as agents to support emotional and spiritual harmonization.
For example, Frankincense EO promotes peace, awe and reverence. It protects the nervous system. Hebrew scientist, Dr. Moussaieff, as quoted in the Weizmann Institute of Science newsletter, states that Frankincense “…acts on a previously unknown pathway in the brain that regulates emotions.” This portion of the brain is called the limbic system. When inhaled, Boswellia caterri and Boswellia sacra (the two Frankincense species known and loved for thousands of years), the scents promotes mood-enhancing and calming effects on the brain, specifically to the limbic system. When the limbic system is relaxed in this manner, it promotes up-lifting feelings of peace and emotional freedom.
No wonder people love Essential Oils – they smell great AND support the innate natural functions of the body! So many people can reap extraordinary benefit from including essential oils in their daily lives. The ability of essential oils to act on both the mind and body is what makes them truly unique among natural therapeutics.
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Dr. Lizie Pilicy, Chiropractor and Nutritional Specialist, uses innovative holistic approaches to wellness incorporating mind, body, and spirit disciplines to assist with whole-being wellness.