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:
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?