Let’s start out by taking a look at why diffusing can make such a strong impact on our well-being. Of the five senses, our sense of smell is the only sense directly connected to our limbic system. Why is that important? Because the limbic system handles your breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, memories, stress level, hormone balance, and more!
Let’s discuss what actually happens when you breathe in an essential oil. First, the molecules in that oils attaches to the olfactory nerves and an electrical impulse is sent to the limbic system (this happens in milliseconds...and the reason why diffusing is the fastest way to get an EO into the body). The limbic system then responds and can regulate the body with physiological and psychological responses! How cool is that?!
Lets dive into the “Limbic Pathway” a little more. This is the central part of the brain where emotions are stored. One of those areas is the amygdala, which plays a major role in storing and releasing emotional trauma. Get this! The ONLY way to stimulate the amygdala is with fragrance through the sense of SMELL!
The thalamus is also in the limbic system and controls our vision, touch, hearing, and sleeping and wakefulness. Many people have had AMAZING results using and diffusing oils for these functions, sleeping and wakefulness in particular!
The hypothalamus The hypothalamus is a section of the brain responsible for the production of many of the body’s essential hormones, chemical substances that help control different cells and organs. It controls functions such as temperature regulation, thirst, hunger, sleep, mood, sex drive, and the release of other hormones within the body. This area of the brain houses the pituitary gland and other glands in the body. You guessed it! We have oils for all of THAT!
The hippocampus The hippocampus is involved in the storage of long-term memory, which includes all past knowledge and experiences as well as spacial reasoning.
Last but not least, we have the pituitary gland. Hormones secreted from the pituitary gland help control: growth, blood pressure, certain functions of the sex organs, thyroid glands and metabolism as well as some aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, nursing, water/salt concentration and the kidneys, temperature regulation and pain relief.
Now you can fully appreciate why diffusing is so awesome! Essential oils are SAFE enough and small enough to cross the blood brain barrier and have an effect on the brain. Isn’t that incredible?!?
Another awesome fact about diffusing essential oils is, it is the safest option for methods of use (topical and internal being the other modalities).
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