I’m Tired, Stressed, Anxious, Scared, Nervous…
The list goes on and on. Really I can make a huge list of just my emotions. But we need to focus on regulating them. Today’s post I’m not going to get into how our emotions become imbalanced, or what oils to use. I am strictly going to be talking about the science, on how they actually work. If you are wanting to know more about the other things you will have to Join me for my Regulating Emotions Seminar that I am running. Sign up Here.
No matter what age, or lifestyle we live, there is no escaping our emotions. It really is a part of being human. As each human is biochemically unique we all have our own set of unique set of personal experiences. With that said we will all experience emotions is different ways. We all have different coping strategies for each emotion.
How does the Brain Process Aromas?
Any time we smell anything whether that be the fresh air, apple pie baking or the aroma of essential oils. It will all be processed through the brain in a special order. After we inhale an aroma, it will be processed through the brains “olfactory system” This is where our sense of smell comes from. How it gets there is through the olfactory nerve where it will be processed. The olfactory system is actually connected to a part in the brain that is called the limbic system. This is where we regulate our heart rate, blood pressure, emotions, and memories. This is how some people can be triggered, by smelling a pine tree and thinking of Christmas. The Limbic system of the brain also can cause a rush of emotions that is almost immediate. This is called an emotional response.
So Lets Re-cap.
- Aroma is smelled
- The olfactory system controls sense of smell
- The limbic system is connected to the olfactory system, where our emotions live.
- Emotional response
So, as I mentioned how certain aromas can trigger certain memories, eg. the pine tree and Christmas, it can also trigger negative feelings as well. So the idea behind using aromatherapy to regulate our emotions is to help regulate them or to help dispel negative emotions.
It comes down to the chemistry and the specific essential oils. This helps us easily target specific emotions. This allows us to control a specific response. Each essential oils has its own unique chemical profile, which gives each oil its own unique properties and benefits.
The Chemical make up of the essential oils will help determine all of its benefits, such as which emotional response it can produce. This allows you to choose a specific essential oil for the purpose of triggering emotions.
There are so many different elements involved in the chemical makeup of essential oils. It varies from the type of plant that it comes from, where it comes from on that plant eg. Roots, leaves, flowers, bark, and fruit etc.
Let’s look at different Chemical Properties of these plants.
Ketones: Energizing, Invigorating and uplifting properties.
Monoterpenes Alcohols and Esters: Promote toning and calming properties
Monoterpenes Limonene and Beta-pinene: Strong uplifting characteristics
Esters, Oxides, and Sesquiterpenes: Promote soothing, renewing and grounded feelings
Phenols: Warming properties.
Do you struggle with your emotions? Do you feel like you have tried everything but nothing seems to get it just right? I encourage you to come out to my Regulating Emotions class that I am teaching February 17th at 2:00 pm at Circle Studio. For everyone that attends they will receive a full free bottle of mood balancing essential oil.
Do you struggle with emotional eating? I have you covered. I am also doing a seminar on Emotional Eating 101: March 1st at 7:00 PM. Click here to register. Or below.