Are They a Whole-Body Scent-sation that Can Make You Fearless?
Many have experienced firsthand the impact of smell on their emotions. Catching a whiff from the scents emitting from a local spa, the delicious smell of freshly baked cookies, or the foul odor emitted from a scared skunk, can all create an immediate, and different, change in demeanor in the sniffer.
Aromas influence our mood instantaneously due to the reciprocal olfactory connections to our emotional brain centers. Along with their aromatic influence, essential oils contain a synergistic combination of secondary metabolites which can further impact our psychology as they impact or biochemistry and physiology.
The sense of smell is an intricate part of our human functioning that has been shown to affect appetite and food preferences, assist with survival through the detection of danger, influence social relationships, and exhibit powerful effects on our feelings, memory, and physiological responses.
With one whiff, mood, discomfort, and nerves can all be effected simultaneously. Olfaction has a direct emotional link to the brain via the amygdala, a group of nuclei associated with the processing of pain and modulating the stress response. Many have experienced how a pleasant smell could help mitigate tension and have beneficial effects on the body.
Intriguingly, an individual’s association with certain scents are connected to specific remembrances and can create changes in biological responses, including altering breathing patterns and heart rate. Furthermore, the secondary metabolites and odorant molecules themselves have been shown to produce physiological changes in the body, independent of smell. This is due to the fact that odor receptors are located throughout our whole body!
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This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Independent Distributor, Affiliation link.)
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.
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