What are essential oils?
Essential oils are therapeutic compounds derived from the flowers, bark, fruit, stems, leaves and roots of plants. These oils contain tiny molecules which can have great benefits for our physiological systems when inhaled or ingested topically through the pulse points.
How do essential oils work?
As we breath in the molecules of essential oils, they travel through the nose into the olfactory bulb which is a part of forebrain containing nerve cells. These cells have tiny hairs which recognise specific aromas, producing nerve impulses which then travel to the limbic system of the brain. The limbic system is the part of the brain that is most associated with emotions, mood and memory. Scientists say this activity causes changes in the brains chemistry, causing the brain to release specific hormones and neurochemicals. Different hormones and neurochemicals create various reactions in the body, evoking particular feelings and emotions.
For example, the aromas from lavender, orange or sandalwood trigger the brain to release Serotonin which has a calming affect on the mind. Whereas aromas such as black pepper, grapefruit, rosemary and rose stimulate the mind by increasing Epinephrine, the adrenaline hormone.
Through the Pulse Points
Pulse points are locations on the body in which the blood vessels are closest to the skins surface, all of which allow faster absorption of essential oils into the bloodstream. These pulse points include the wrists, forehead, temples, back of the neck, chest, abdomen, bottom of the feet, inner elbows, spine and behind the knees. Once the essential oils penetrate the bloodstream, they are then distributed into the bodies systems and organs helping to boost the immune system, balance hormones, alleviate aches and pains, aid digestion, relieve stress and promote restful sleep.