One of the most common reactions we receive when we are out and about promoting our products is skepticism. Often when people see our little bottles and hear our claims, they laugh and shake their heads.
“Ah, yeah, the ‘elixir of life,'” they’ll roll their eyes.
Or, “how can a smell do all that?”
It’s understandable for there to be a little cynicism. Because essential oils are a bit of a fad right now, and because there isn’t a huge medical professional following, a lot of people tend to think that aromatherapy is in the realm of amateurs and quacks. Even people who believe EO’s are beneficial can tend to think that it’s the smell alone that helps. Of course, a little research proves both of these viewpoints quite wrong.
Aromatherapy is extremely scientific, and if studied and practiced correctly it can be enormously beneficial. It’s important to remember that plants have been around a lot longer than modern medicine. Plant medicine makes a wonderful first resort and complement that a lot of modern remedies are merely designed to mimic.
The first step in seeing essential oils correctly is to think of them not just as smells but as substances composed of natural chemicals. When we think of the word “chemicals” we can tend to make bad connotations. But chemicals are natural too! It’s the man-made ones that can hurt our bodies. Essential oils, being from plants, have natural chemicals from those plants. The chemical makeup also creates a smell, which is what we notice about the oils.
When you breathe in a scent, the smell travels up your nose to the thousands of receptors that connect your sense of smell to your brain. Your limbic system – the parts of the brain that respond to smell – then sends messages to the rest of your brain, affecting emotions, memories, thoughts, and behavior depending on the parts of the limbic system that are stimulated, which depends on which receptors responded, which depends on the smell. This is why they say smell is one of the most powerful senses – it can bring back childhood memories and emotions that otherwise lay dormant. (Source)
This is all a pretty simplified overview of olfactory and limbic processes. But you can see how even a little bit of research opens up a whole new world in aromatherapy! Maybe you’re a skeptic, or maybe you love essential oils but haven’t learned in depth why they’re so great. Hopefully this information whets your appetite to learn more. I was astounded when I went to school at the Aromatic Wisdom Institute. It was amazing to learn the mechanics of why aromatherapy is so effective. I hope you’ve learned at least a bit as well!
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