Aromatherapys Mind-Smell Connection

Why is smell so strongly linked to memory and emotion?

It is not fully understood, but this is no surprise as the complexities of brain activity are still far from being unravelled and understood. The brain holds far more secrets than we have discovered. What is known is that the sense of smell is registered in a part of the brain which was already developed in our earliest ancestors.

The limbic area of the brain was well developed before man had the power of speech or was able to make tools. The limbic area is concerned with all those activities vital to survival in a sometimes hostile world: sleep, hunger, thirst, memory, sexual response and, or course, smell are all affected by the limbic system.

As modern man developed the 'higher' senses and the brain became larger to accommodate development of speech, intellect and creativity, the ancient knowledge became blunted or buried deep in the unconscious and the limbic area of the brain lost some of its importance. But that ancient knowledge is still there and needs only to be re-awakened.

Essential oils have the power to re-awaken and stimulate the limbic system and the aromas can be used to excellent effect by the aromatherapist.

They also have the power to balance the two hemispheres of the brain. It is known that the left hemisphere of the brain is concerned with logic and intellect, whilst the right is concerned with intuition.

When both hemispheres are in harmony and balanced, we experience feelings of calm and well-being. As we inhale the balancing essential oils, the two hemispheres of the brain come into closer symmetry, whilst the stimulating essential oils make us feel mentally alert and the sedating oils promote deeper feeling of relaxation. The relationship between the brain, the mind and the body is of vital importance in aromatherapy.

When we send pleasing, relaxing messages to the brain during aromatherapy massage, the hypothalamus receives impulses signalling safety and harmony and, in its turn, the body receives the signal that all is well and that the body and mind are in balance.

The effects of essential oils and massage on the various activities of the nervous system form a major part of aromatherapy. We use analgesic oils to relieve pain by damping down the activity of the pain-transmitting nerve endings.

(For quality, targetted essential oil blends for health, please see AkobiAromas.com)

Dee is a Certified Aromatherapist, Certified Reflexologist, and Reiki Master. Her site is AkobiAromas.com - a source of quality aromatherapy, herbal and reflexology information and products.

In The News:


Alternative Health Care is Under Attack by a Hidden Standard - The Unfortunate Case of Dr. Shortt

A recent case in the news highlights an alarming trend... Read More

Allergy Approaches through Lifestyle

What we do is just as powerful as what we... Read More

The Importance of Touch

Through the simple process of touch, Reflexology is so effective... Read More

The Science Of Mind Over Matter

We possess an incredible power. It's the power of mind... Read More

Aromatherapy

Although the word aromatherapy has not been around forever, the... Read More

What Is Reiki?

Reiki is an ancient form of energy healing in which... Read More

Herbology

Herbology is one of the oldest healthcare sciences known to... Read More

Kokoro no Kaze: Does Your Soul Have a Cold?

Feeling sad? Have you lost interest in things you used... Read More

4000 Year Old Secrets of Green Tea

The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green... Read More

Healing Crisis A Natural Part of Body Cleansing

Introduction to A Healing Crisis An increasing number of people... Read More

Do Magnets Work?

The scientific explanation behind magnet therapy is that the magnetic... Read More

Freedom Is Found In Detachment

I am looking for freedom in my life. And I... Read More

Constipation: the Fast, Easy Answer to Something No One Talks About

Everyone jokes about constipation, but it's no joke if you're... Read More

Three Immune System Building Natural Remedies

Here are three products that can help you elevate your... Read More

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine, over 2000 years old, is an ancient... Read More

Toddler Stuttering

Some parents have the shock of hearing their young child... Read More

Laughter and Your Health

Alternative medicine: jokes and humor for your healthWhen thinking about... Read More

You Cant Fool Mother Nature

In the 1970's, there was a margarine commercial with the... Read More

Home Saunas and Kits: Benefits, Pre-Planning, and Purchasing Tips

For quite some time now home saunas have gained massive... Read More

NMT: Trigger Point Therapy and What to Look for in a T Bar

Massage therapy is as ancient as noodles. People have been... Read More

Mud Baths at Your Home Spa- the Pros and Cons

"If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere"... Read More

A Rose is Not Just a Rose

The rose is perhaps one of the most powerful symbols... Read More

About Child Bedwetting

Bedwetting also known as nocturnal Enuresis is a common problem... Read More

Secrets Of Aromatherapy Part I - Physical Remedies

Aromatherapy can be used to relieve the discomfort of a... Read More

Pediatric CI Therapy - An Interview with Dr. Stephanie C. DeLuca

As each day passes, medical research communities strive to find... Read More