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Inside your brain is your limbic system, a structure made up of different parts of your brain that spans both hemispheres. When you inhale essential oils you are absorbing them into your bloodstream which means they are carried to your brain, specifically your limbic system. It is here that they are processed and used to send signals to other parts of your limbic system that control your emotions, hunger levels, stress levels, heart rate and other physical and emotional functions. The most common way to absorb essential oils is through inhaling - this is done through your olfactory bulb.
When you smell essential oils, your body can respond by releasing chemicals into your body. For example - serotonin aids in calming your body, endorphins which help you relax by releasing tension in your muscles.
Scientists are only now looking deeper into the effects of essential oils on our limbic system and how inhaling them can benefit your mind and body. In most recent studies, scientists have been researching how essential oils affect brain activity and cognitive functions, testing whether part of the human brain becomes stimulated when inhaling essential oils, which may affect thinking processes, emotional behaviour and moods.
However with all that is going on in the world of essential oils and aromatherapy it’s important to remember that not everyone will experience the same results. Everyone is wired differently inside their brains and it may be easier or harder for some people to react to the effects of essential oils. It’s not yet understood why this is, or if there are certain categories to fall under in order to receive the benefits of essential oils - but it all lays in the exciting new breakthroughs we have to look forward to.
There are so many ways you can try essential oils to enhance your mood, experience elevated happiness, relaxation or increased focus. Remember that the olfactory system is how we talk to the brain to change our moods. Try one of these methods to see if the affects work on you:
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