Have you ever experienced an aromatic moment in life? When a sweet pleasant smell swipes away your senses and magically takes you in another state of happiness and tranquility. It is proven by various studies that inhaling fragrances has a great effect on the function of the brain. The fragrance compounds have the capacity to cross the blood brain barriers and interact with the receptors in the central nervous system. Aromatherapy takes advantage of the healing properties of essential oils for generating numerous physical and spiritual benefits.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are compounds that are extracted from plants. The extraction process involves steaming or pressing the various plant parts of the plant. The essential oils which are the key component of this technique are extracted from different parts of the plant and possess curative properties.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a natural technique in which plant extracted essential oils are used for therapeutic benefits. Aromatherapy has physical, emotional and spiritual health benefits. This technique has recently gained great popularity in the field of science and medicine.
The History of Aromatherapy
Aroma therapy has a history that dates back to thousands of years.
- Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used essential oils. Aromatic plant components were incorporated in resins, oils and balms in order to generate physical and physiological benefits.
- The term "aromatherapy" was presented by a French chemist and perfume expert Rene Maurice Gattefosse, who deeply studied the effect of essential oils.
Types of Essential Oils
There is a wide range of essential oils, each of which possess a unique fragrance and health benefits. Following is the list of the most popular essential oils.
- Tea Tree
- Lemon oils
Aromatherapy and Happiness
Research has proved that inhaling the fragrance of essential oils has beneficial effects on a person's mental state. The enchanting fragrance of essential oils plays an important role in alleviating tension and depression and induces a cheerful mood which helps you to eliminate all the negative emotions. Aromatherapy has the power to uplift one's mood and create an overall sense of happiness. When used in combination with other self-care techniques such as meditation, physical exercise and interacting with loved ones these natural plant oils can offer a calming, soothing and joyful experience.
In aromatherapy, use of candles is an ancient practice that improves wellbeing of mind and body. The fragrance of essential oils stimulates a good mood and can replace negative emotions by positive feelings.
How Does Aromatherapy Create Happiness?
Our sense of smell is powerful enough to stimulate the brain. The odor molecules first enter the nasal cavity. The olfactory cells present in the nasal cavity identify the smell while the essential oil molecules bind themselves to the olfactory receptors. Now the olfactory system is connected to the brain’s limbic system. The limbic system has following parts:
- Hippocampus –memory booster
- Amygdala- emotional center
- Hypothalamus – control of hormones and autonomic nervous system
- Cingulate gyrus – controls the regulation of heart rate and blood pressure
So the smell of essential oils triggers positive emotions inside the brain (Amygdala). Thus improving your mood, relaxing your reflexes and generating happiness.
Essential Oils for Happiness
Following are the essential oils that are best known to inspire positive emotions.
This is the essential oil that is connected to calmness. It has a soft and gentle smell. When used in aromatherapy it yields the benefits of a mood stabilizer.
Frankincense contains active ingredients that emit warmth. Compounds called aldehydes and esters present in it, may assist with the emotions by calming and sedating the nervous system.
Made from the peel of fresh lemons, breathing in this essential oil will quickly lift your mood. If you are feeling tired or run down, this is the best choice for you. It has antiseptic and antifungal properties, and can also help clearing out the mind, making you mindful and alert.
Bergamot is formulated by fragrant rind of the bergamot orange, that is commercially grown in southern Italy and France. Bergamot is a gentle, aromatic option to elevate yourself when you feel down.
Extracted from the buds and leaves of the salvia sclarea genus this natural oil has tremendous emotional benefits including eliminating stress, stimulating relaxation and acting as a natural antidepressant.
Are you feeling low? Aromatherapy might be a great option.
“Aromatherapy is a caring, hands on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body, and soul.” — Robert Tisserand
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