Many people are aware of the inviting aroma produced by diffusing essential oils in their homes. They are also becoming informed of the physiological effects of therapeutic grade essential oils on their body. However, few people know or understand that there are correlations between essential oils and emotions. Today I posted on Instagram about Young Living’s Field™ blend. The description says that it has been specially formulated to encourage feelings of self-worth and strength that may help you reach your true unlimited potential. The question was asked, “How does an oil accomplish that?”
Upon seeing this on Facebook, one of my friends sarcastically quipped, “It’s like the Holy Spirit in a bottle.” Indeed, saying that there is a link between therapeutic grade essential oils and emotions can come off sounding New Agey, but it is actually quite scientific. It’s all about that amygdala.
The amygdalas are two almond-shaped groups of nuclei located deep and centrally in the temporal lobes of the brain. Studies show that they perform a primary role in the processing of memory, decision-making, and emotional reactions. They are considered part of the limbic system; otherwise known as your “emotional brain”. This system deals with instinct and mood, controlling basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring).
Our sense of smell is the only one of our 5 senses linked directly to the limbic system. This means that not only can certain smells trigger distinct memories and emotions, but we can use specific therapeutic grade essential oils to release certain hormones and neurotransmitters. Once registered, scent travels faster to the brain than either sight or sound – so it’s extremely effective.
Because the limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, essential oils can have profound physiological and psychological effects. Olfactory responses to odors induce the brain to stimulate the release of hormones and neurochemicals that in turn alter the body’s physiology and behavior. –Essential Oil Desk Reference, 4th Edition
So let’s examine the aforementioned YL Field™ blend. It contains: Cardamon, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Sweet Almond, Nutmeg, Ginger Root, Bitter Orange, Balsam Fir, Coriander, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Bergamot Orange, Idaho Blue Spruce, and Geranium 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils. Each of these oils individually will have an effect on your limbic system; collectively, they have been studied to yield the above description.
I was watching over my friends’ four children so they could go on a date tonight. I had been diffusing YL Field™ in the living room. They got back pretty late, and normally they would’ve just picked up their children and gotten on their way since they live an hour from us. Instead they came in, sat down, and the four of us (my husband included) chatted for about an hour about our businesses, goals, and plans for the upcoming months. It wasn’t until I was writing this post that I made the connection. Coincidence? Maybe. Probably not.
If our sense of smell has such a strong effect on our bodies and emotions, it makes sense to rid our homes of harmful toxins, synthetic fragrances, and toxins. That is why I have partnered with Young Living to offer wholesale memberships for the absolute purest therapeutic grade essential oils on the market. Please contact me directly if you are interested in starting a toxin-free journey with Young Living’s line of products. If you are interested in spreading this message with me and helping people live healthier lives, also contact me. I’d love to have you on my team!