Episode 158: The Power of AromaSep 15, 2021
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I talk so much about essential oils on this podcast, I thought it was time for me to dive into why aroma’s are powerful and how they work within our bodies. Don’t worry, I won’t make it boring…..to be honest, this info is mind blowing! So hang tight and let’s dive in!
First we will talk about what essential oils are, then how they affect the body and the physiology behind it.
Essential oils are natural compounds found in plants, seeds, barks, stems, flows, and roots of plants. They are concentrated, highly potent chemical compounds that are parts of plants that serve specific purposes vital to the plants. Protective, reproductive, regenerative purposes. They help ward off unfriendly pests while attracting friendly bugs and herbivores.
Have you ever peeled an Orange and seen the spray of liquid come out of the rind? That is the essential oil!
Essential oils are Adaptogenic. What are adaptogens? They are plant substances that help us adapt to the internal and external environmental factors that cause stress. They support our body’s systems, including hormonal balance, moods, the immune system, and overall homeostasis.
They can be calming, soothing, uplifting, energizing, grounding and balancing, while affecting our body on a cellular level. Simply inhaling an essential oil allows it to penetrate the bloodstream through the respiratory system while triggering a response in your brain. This happens within 30 seconds, often times feeling the shift in emotions in under 10 seconds. Pretty powerful right?
Essential oils are able to affect the brain through activation of the olfactory bulb. The olfactory bulb recognizes smells and is part of the limbic system of the brain. This is the part of the brain that deals with emotion, memory, and feelings. This is why certain scents link with certain memories. This is why smells can trigger memories from our childhood or a vacation or some other memory.
The limbic system has been linked to feeling of motivation, learning, memory, the fight or flight response, hunger, thirst and even production of hormones that help regulate the autonomic nervous system. The limbic system itself is a grouping of brain structures that work together including the hippocampus, amygdala, hypothalamus, basal ganglia, prefrontal cortex, the cingulate gyrus and the ventral segmental area. That just got confusing right? Let’s take a step back.
- Hippocampus: plays an important role in memory, learning, long-term information storage, and spatial reasoning.
- Amygdala: helps the body process emotions
- Hypothalamus: plays a role in the body releasing hormones that help sustain balance in our bodies.
This is insanely important when we realize that simply smelling an essential oil can affect our brain chemistry! It has been shown that simply smelling essential oils such as bergamot, lavender and lemon can prompt the brain through this pathway to release serotonin and dopamine.
- Serotonin: helps to regulate mood, body temperature and appetite.
- Dopamine: regulates mood and plays a vital role in the brains pleasure and reward systems.
Let’s dive a little deeper into fight or flight and how aromas can help us with this. Our Autonomic Nervous System is comprised of two main parts. The parasympathetic and sympathetic. Parasympathetic is associated with relaxation, digestion, and generally taking it easy, resting. The sympathetic is responsible for the fight or flight response. The Sympathetic receives its direction from the brainstem and the hypothalamus and is truly rooted in our survival. However, in our modern day society where stress levels are so high and constant the sympathetic nervous system often times remains in overdrive. Leading to a state of burn out and compromised health.
We can use our essential oils and some simple habits such as deep breathing to get us out of this fight or flight state and into a rest and digest state. Let’s talk about some habits first,
- Legs up the wall
- Supported bridge pose
- Deep breathing
- Warm relaxing bath
- Time to unwind at the end of the day (journaling, reading)
Basically…..we need to take time to slow down! So what essential oils can we add into this mix to help us?
- Lavender: Great to help with shock or in the moment of fight or flight
- Bergamot: supports our bodies when we are dealing with anxious feelings, and fear
- Rose: wonderful to grab for to support tried, panic attacks, shock and anxious feelings
- Roman Chamomile: Help with anxious feelings, worry, irritability, when one is feeling really down. It can increase feelings of peace and contentment
- Ylang Ylang & Clary Sage: Soothe anger and rage
- Frankincense: Assists in releasing lower level emotions, cleansing us of repetitive negative thoughts
- Sandalwood: Assists in calming our minds and rushing thoughts
- Vetiver: A very grounding and calming oil
- Wild Orange: Helps us shift to uplifting and positive thoughts and emotions
We covered a lot today, but my biggest goal for you was to help you understand just how powerful pausing, opening a bottle of our essential oils, and breathing deep truly is.
In this uncertain world, it is really easy to get pulled into others emotions, stress, overwhelm and fear. However, as I always say, everything in life is a choice and what we think and believe is and will be our reality. Grab your oils, keep your mind in a positive state and know that you are truly the creator of your destiny.
When I first got started with doTERRA essential oils, I did it to address my physical ailments from my spinal cord injury. The greatest blessing was the realization that they impacted my emotional health in such incredible ways. They have literally changed my life physically, emotionally and financially and I am forever grateful for that.
If you have essential oils at home, go open a bottle right now and take a deep breath. If you don’t, click the link below and join the 5 day oil experience. You will get 6 samples for just $10, and my guidance for 5 days. If you don’t like them, I will even give your money back!
“Our life is what our thoughts make it.” Marcus Aurelius
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