Whether you’re new to essential oils or a seasoned pro, you may be curious as to why these oils are so effective in helping such a wide variety of conditions. What exactly is the science behind essential oils?
There are two major systems in the body that are affected by essential oils: the limbic and lymphatic. This post will discuss the role that the limbic system plays in how our bodies process essential oils. The limbic system is the part of our brain where emotions, memory and physical drive are held.
As you may know, one of the most effective ways to use essential oils is by direct inhalation or using a diffuser. The reason why this is so effective is that our sense of smell is our only sense that transfers molecules directly to our brain, which is done by converting smells into electrical impulses that touch the nerves in our brains. Since essential oils have the ability to pass the blood brain barrier, they can affect issues ranging from headaches to sleeplessness almost immediately.
The ability for essential oils to reach and affect the brain is particularly beneficial for emotional conditions, such as anxiety and depression. Some essential oils have been shown to energize and oxygenate the pineal and pituitary glands, which studies have shown helps with depression. This can be achieved through inhalation or topical application.
Eventually molecules reach the amygdala, which is where memories are stored. This is why we are able to associate smells with specific experiences, both positive and negative. This allows essential oils to be effective in therapy and overcoming emotional obstacles.
This is just some of the vast scientific information behind why essential oils are effective in treating emotional and physical ailments.
*For informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.