The Aroma of an Essential Oils is Powerful

11:52 AM Posted by jo

The Aroma is Powerful 

The aroma of an essential oil is very powerful. In order for an aroma to be detected, it has to be volatile so it can be carried by the air to the 10 million sensory neurons located in the nostrils. It finally ends up in the limbic system of the brain, where it is perceived and analyzed. The limbic system is the main relay station. It is there that all the emotional responses are located. The frontal lobes of the limbic system control the memory and attention, and it also senses the emotional responses. After the information about the scent has been perceived and analyzed of the limbic system, it is sent to other parts of the brain and then to storage in the memory. The sense of smell connects emotions with memories and integrates mind and body.

The aroma from a special fragrance can evoke emotions and memories before we are aware of it. 

The limbic lobe can also activate the hypothalamus, which is considered one of the most important parts of the brain. It acts as the hormonal control center and it releases chemical messengers which can affect things like the energy level. Sex hormones, thyroid hormones, growth hormones, and neurotransmitters are governed by the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is referred to as the "master gland".

So,through the essential oils' molecular structure and fragrance, they can influence the limbic lobe and hypothalamus. Inhalation of essential oils can combat stress and emotional trauma, and also stimulate production of hormones from the hypothalamus.

As you can see, essential oils have a very powerful influence on both  body and mind.

Before you leave:

I recommend that you always perform a skin patch test when you try a new oil on your skin.

Check out my safety page to make sure you are aware of any contrindications before you use essential oils. Some oils are not suitable when suffering from certain conditions. Also, Read this Before You Start Using Essential oils. Some oils should not be applied prior to sun exposure so make sure you check this list before spending time in the sun.

Not sure how to apply the oils? Visit these pages to learn how to apply the oils:
If you're new to essential oils you might want to check out my Getting Started Guide. 


Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. She also runs Naturally Sports & Wellness together with her husband.  
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This post is linked to:
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