If you have been to one of my oils workshops, you will have heard me talk about the power of aroma, emotions and memory. In particular, my experience with Jasmine. Growing up, my Nan had a very impressive Jasmine tree. Each Spring when it was in full bloom, it was her backdrop of choice for photos. Nan would get all the cousins around, a photo session would take place and as we got older, so did a lot of eye rolling. Whenever I smell Jasmine essential oil, I am transported to those childhood moments. I experience feelings of joy, comfort and happiness.
The link between aroma, emotions and memory is profound and well researched. You only need to pop "aroma and mood" into Google scholar to see the research being done in this area. Do not underestimate the power of aroma and how it can significantly alter and support your emotional health
Consider how you feel when you smell a baking cake? What do you feel when you smell a rose? What memory comes forward when you smell rain in the air or freshly mown grass? What does your physical body do when it smells some bread baking or a pasta sauce bubbling away on the stove?
So how do different smells impact the way we feel? Aromas are aromatic particles wafting through the air and are actually information in the form of a mist or molecules. We are able to perceive this information through our sense of smell which works through the olfactory bulb above the nasal cavity. Nerve cells in the nasal cavity detect aromas and pass the information through the olfactory bulb and into the brain.
Aromas then link through the limbic area of the brain to the areas that affect many of our human functions where the nervous and endocrine systems regulate and control bodily processes such as hormones, digestion, and breathing. The direct link between the sense of smell and certain areas of the brain helps to explain why aromas experienced have a powerful effect on the mind and emotions, and in bringing forth memories.
Essential oils are a natural tool to support and manage stress, emotions and mood. Explore with different aromas, notice how you feel and the impact they have. If you would like to find out how you can obtain doTERRA essential oils at wholesale prices, join my oils family, please check the ‘essential oil’ and ‘workshop’ page of this website. Alternatively, drop me an email and I will be happy to chat xx
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