When we inhale them, essential oils molecules instantly travel up the nose where they are trapped by olfactory membranes. These membranes contain about 800 million nerve endings. These nerve endings trigger enzyme activity and electrical impulses to the part of the brain where emotions are controlled. This called the Limbic system.
The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormone balance (Higley & Higley, 1998). WOW, that is a lot of power in a tiny cellular package!! This relationship helps explain why smells trigger emotions.
Some highly effective relaxation essential oils are:
Sweet Orange (battles depression);
Bergamot (lifts the mood and is effective against insomnia)
Lavender (L. angustifolia specifically) is high in linalool and very calming!
Clary Sage (used in moderation as can provide euphoric results)
Ylang Ylang (lowers rapid heart rate brought on by anxiety)
Frankincense (battles depression)
Other favorites are Cedarwood, Patchouli, and Rose Geranium
The fastest and safest was to use these oils is by inhalation! They can be added to your diffuser, inhaled from the bottle, or place a few drops in a cup of Epsom salts next to your bed. For blending suggestions; e-mail us! We are also offering Blending Classes; watch the Newsletter for invitations.
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Ninette Jackson, C.A.
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