Let me talk to you today about scent & emotions and why aromatherapy can bring about an instantaneous transformation.
Our Sense of Smell is the only sense that bypasses reason and triggers memories, memories trigger emotions and emotions impact actions.
Our noses are connected to more than one area of the brain. The limbic system is responsible for our moods and emotions, and is hard wired into the olfactory receptors. Smells are also associated with the hippocampus, which is associated to environmental learning.
When we breathe, the essential oil molecules travel through the olfactory system to the amydala; the portion of the brain that process emotions and creates emotional responses, the amygdala is also known as the emotional seat of the brain. This explains why some people associate different smells with various emotional responses. For one person the smell of tobacco may conjure the image of a favourite grandfather’s pipe and for another it may represent sadness due to the loss of a loved one.
Joseph Ledoux, M.D., of the New York Medical University [and author of The Emotional Brain] was one of the first to suggest that the use of aroma could be a major breakthrough in helping to release hidden and suppressed feeling and memories of emotional bondage.
Research shows that pure essential oils have the power to affect mood and energy levels within seconds. On the other hand, synthetic fragrances including those designed to replicate smells from nature do not – infact they add to the chemical toxic load in your body.
Inhalation is the fastest way to get an essential oil into the body and has significant benefits on mood as it alters the chemical messages being relayed within the limbic system.
“Our olfactory sense is intimately in tune with both the botanical world and with our own deeper knowing it is not influenced by reason, trends or cultural history. Our sense of smell offers a direct link to the pure lifeforce of the plant kingdom.” It was necessary for survival.
I always look for creative ways of enjoying my essential oils in a personal blend – a personal blend is not necessarily a perfume, its a scent that makes me happy at this moment in my life.
It is solely directed by my nose and not my head knowledge of what a particular oil/s would do and most of the time it has therapeutic benefits along with the scent preference to support me holistically.
Did you know that a new scent, just like a new sound breaks old cycles? Yes, its a spiritual principle. If you like to know more about how it could benefit you to balance your mood, energy and emotions, I have a hands on, immersive sensory experience that you might be interested in my scent healing therapy session : https://scentoflife.com.au/product/holistic-therapies/ This is great if you feel stuck in a rut or have chronic stress issues or simply need to experience a shift or change.
I have hundreds of bottles and vials of essential oils and plant aromatics and suddenly one single oil or a blend just captures my attention and I just know that this is the scent that is going to shift me into a different place or facilitate a healing or close a chapter – simply transformational and powerful. During the session, we will sit together with the oils and follow a process of allowing your nose to direct you so you could choose the scent that going to make you happy. Its fun, non invasive and very effective.
I discovered lava stones a few years back and they help me to enjoy scents in a more discreet and personal way than diffusing or applying it on me mainly because I am surrounded by so many scents in the store and while working on clients, I like to enjoy a personal blend, that’s my own in a bracelet. Sometimes I like to wear it and not have it on me.
Trust your nose if you are attracted to a particular scent – it is the scent that you need for this moment, in this season in your life..
If you are interested in a personal scent without the therapy, for a limited time I am offering a very special deal : A mini consultation + bespoke blend + lava stone bracelet so you took could have a scent for this moment that makes you happy. https://scentoflife.com.au/product/mini-consult-bespoke-blend-lava-stone-bracelet/