Aromatherapy Basics

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the inhalation of essential oils to receive limbic support. When you inhale an oil, it travels through your nose, into the olfactory system, and works its way into the limbic system. The limbic system houses your memories and emotions. After you inhale an aroma, your limbic system produces an emotional response, a combination of your previous experiences and the oils specific benefits. For example, if you have fond memories of running around in lavender fields as a child, then inhaling lavender essential oil will elicit happiness and joy for you. In that same aspect, \lavender essential oil is high in linalool, a monoterpene, known for its calming effects. This experience would likely make you feel happy and calm when inhaling lavender.

 

How to use Aromatherapy

When deciding to use aromatherapy you have a few options of what you can do:

  1. Pour a drop of essential oil into your hands, rub your hands together, then cup your face, and take in a few deep breaths.
  2. Use a diffuser, which is a device similar to a humidifier, specific for essential oils which diffuses essential oils into the air
  3. Apply essential oils on your pulse points or around your neck (base of brain stem) and chest, allowing you to inhale the aroma
  4. Wear coarse jewelry such as a necklace with a lava rock ball, allowing you to apply essential oils to it
  5. Use personal diffuser dots (PDDs), which are little felt patches you can stick to clothing and apply essential oils to.

There are many ways to receive the benefits of aromatherapy and activate your limbic system. Choose a technique that works best for you. At the end of the day, aromatherapy is simply inhaling your favorite essential oil to elicit the desired effect.


Have you tried aromatherapy before? What results have you experienced?




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