How Essential Oils Affect our Mood
Before we can understand how aromatherapy might help us change or improve our moods, it is important to understand what aromatherapy is, how it works and why it has become so popular in recent years. Aromatherapy has been gaining more and more supporters as people explore alternative ways to improve their quality of life. It is fair to say that aromatherapy itself is not a new science or treatment. It is the result of thousands of years of practice. Egyptian, Chinese, Indian and Roman civilizations were the first to report the use of medicinal plants as a treatment. They used scents to relieve different ailments or improve their quality of life and well-being. Popular are the images of baths or Roman saunas, the use of oils and incense for Egyptian ceremonies or Ayurveda medicine in India. We can find countless episodes in history that demonstrate the use of oils with therapeutic purposes. But, it was not until 1928 that a French scientist coined the name "aromatherapy". Aromatherapy, as its name states is the use of aromas that make therapy and healing possible. The term aromatherapy can be misleading. It implies that we can use any aroma, essence or substance that emits an odor to heal. While an "odor" can awaken in us a certain mood or a good memory, essential oils have a physiological effect on the body. An essential oil makes direct contact with our brain through the sense of smell. This is such primitive sense that it is able to modify our behavior without us realizing it at all. The sense of smell is so primitive and has a direct connection to our brain, specifically the limbic system. Fear, sadness, sorrows, anxieties and joy are emotions stored in the limbic system. In fact, smell is the only sense that involves the amygdala and the limbic system in its primary functions. Would you like to get home after a long day of work and feel renewed? I’ll give you a tip to show that essential oils have that mysterious power of which much has been written. Prepare a bath salt at home, add a few drops of coconut oil and 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice. If you've never tried an essential oil, I recommend “muña” to recharge energies. Mix the water to ensure that the oils are diluted and you are ready to start your journey. Once inside, take a deep breath and get ready to relax and enjoy a new world of comfort at your fingertips. I recommend not to play music or have too many distractions. Clear your mind and concentrate only on you and that very personal moment created by the essential oils. Muña is a plant from the Peruvian highlands, it has a mystical combination of aromas, similar to mint but with a more herbaceous scent. It does not produce that cold sensation of mint, instead it is warm and fresh at the same time. It is a scent that ultimately leads us on a mysterious journey through the Peruvian Andes. A curious fact, the essential oil of Muña, not only serves to stimulate our body but is great for the skin, helps stimulate circulation, nourishes our body with oxygen, strengthens muscles and is traditionally used as a natural anti aging remedy.