Essential oils are natural aromatic plant compounds that offer a variety of health benefits. When an odour molecule is inhaled into the nasal cavity, it is first sensed by the olfactory cells, which eventually make their way into the brain. The olfactory system is closely connected to the limbic system of the brain—the one that includes the hippocampus (responsible for long-term memory), the amygdala (associated with emotions), the hypothalamus (regulates the autonomic nervous system and hormones), and the cingulate gyrus (regulates blood pressure, heart rate, and attention). This chemical process is the foundation of essential oil's profound psychological effects.
I love using essential oils to help balance my mind and emotions. There are times when we feel drawn to using an oil for weeks, months or years, and then suddenly we don’t need it at all. Our needs change as we change, grow and develop and the essential oils we’re drawn to or need often reflect that.
Orange essential oil helps us to develop joy, feel uplifted, sunny, balanced, lighthearted, creative, positive, self-confident, and courageous. When we need a boost, simply taking a quick smell of a bottle of orange essential oil can help switch our mind from an anxious, serious or negative place to a more positive place. Putting a couple of drops of essential oil into a diffuser or on a cotton pad can help clear brain fog at work or when studying.
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Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 28 November 2017
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