To better understand aromatherapy benefits, it helps to know how your body processes smells.
The sense of smell is pretty powerful. In fact, the body can distinguish around 10,000 different scents! Amazing, isn’t it?
As scents are inhaled, the smell travels across the olfactory nerves located inside the nose and then up into the part of the brain that controls our moods, our memories and our ability to learn. This area is called the Limbic System and when stimulated it releases endorphins, neurotransmitters and other 'feel-good' chemicals.
Wow! That’s pretty scientific stuff… not to worry, in a nutshell, what all of that means is that smells have a subtle way of effecting your mind and emotions.
Just think of the way you feel when you sniff the scent from a fresh bouquet of flowers versus your reaction when you smell something not so fresh like garbage or burnt toast. A big difference right?
Essential Oil Absorption
Aromatherapy also works by absorbing essential oils into the skin and blood stream.
One of the advantages to topical application of diluted essential oils is that they can go directly to the spot where you need them the most.
An aromatherapy massage is a great way to reap the benefits of topical application of essential oils along with the soothing therapeutic benefits of massage.
If you have an aching muscle or a nasty bruise, a little essential oil goes a long way to working it’s healing magic!