Aromatherapy uses the purified, concentrated oils from plants to refresh, clear and energize the mind. Some essential oils also calm and soothe, reducing stress and agitation. Note that real essential oils are purely natural, taken from the blossoms, roots, leaves, stems or seeds of plants. Some essential oils are used primarily to promote healing of the body, usually by topical application. Others are used for the ability to balance the mind and spirit with their scent. Essential oils should never be taken orally except under the guidance of a professional. Instead, there are products like vaporizers, candle heaters, and body oils that serve as bases for these evocative scents.
The olfactory bulb is responsible for your sense of smell. It connects directly to your brain, sending nerve fibers right into the memory system (the hippocampus), giving scents the ability to evoke strong memories and emotions. These nerve fibers also filter into the amygdala, an area of the brain that’s responsible for a lot of negative emotions, including anger, fear, and stress. Some scents of essential oils seem to slow down the activity of the amygdala, producing relaxation.
Rose and lavender oils relieve stress, along with vetiver and bergamot. Bergamot gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive smell and provides a naturally induced calm. Vetiver’s warm, earthy vibe promotes muscle relaxation.
Aromatherapy can be a great way to reduce stress, and calm the mind. Try adding aromatherapy to your yoga practice for an even more relaxed experience, or enjoy the scents of lavender and bergamot to calm the mind, and promote sleep. There are many natural ways to quiet the mind and induce a sense of calm, and aromatherapy is an excellent place to start to bring more tranquility to your life.
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