Recently, I had a client ask about the use of essential oils, why and what the purpose was in using them. That’s a great question. Emotionally, essential oils affect our mood and can directly influence our brain. Certain constituents within therapeutic grade oils cross the blood brain barrier, allowing for the oils to connect with the limbic part of the brain, our emotional center. I don’t want to get too scientific here, but it’s helpful to know, the primary structures within the limbic system include the amygdala, hippocampus, thalamus, hypothalamus, basal ganglia, and cingulate gyrus.
While using essential oils during therapy, the amygdala and hippocampus become activated, as they play important roles with emotions, as well as helping the formation of new memories about past experiences.
So here’s the cool part! As an example, when I ask for you to smell jasmine essential oil, as you inhale the scent, you will connect your thoughts, emotions, memories, and body as it opens you to a new level of awareness. Jasmine is a powerful oil, because it allows for new thought impulses within the brain, calms an angry mind, and gives way for you to behave or think differently.
Essential oils also play a large role in helping you become more sensationally aware. Because smell is one of the five senses, inhaling essential oils helps draw your somatic awareness inward. You will begin to focus on sensations within your body that the oils are assisting in creating. The sensations you feel from the oils are helpful tools, directing you to focus on emotions and memories, unlocking new pathways to feeling better.
I have a whole slew of oils that we can play with. And as an added bonus, I will often share some for you to take home, so you can continue to bridge the gap in between sessions.