Since we live in a society of emotional disturbance and agitation, more and more scientific proof is accumulating about a profound effect of our emotional health on our physical health.The world of medicine has to accept the fact that a number of diseases are caused by emotional problems that link to infancy and childhood. These emotional problems can compromise body systems and even genetic structuring through a process that creates the equivalent of a molecular “memory” in key organs and structures of the body.
As scientists have studied to understand the neural basis of emotions, they have discovered that the limbic system of the brain plays a vital role in interpreting and channeling intense experiences, particularly memories of fear and trauma. It’s interesting to notice that the amygdala and the hippocampus - the two parts of the limbic system that play a major role in emotional processing - located within less than an inch of the olfactory nerve. Olfaction or smell is the sense that is physically the closest to the limbic system structures of the amygdala, which is involved in experiencing emotion and also emotional memory, and the hippocampus, which encompasses memory: working memory and short –term memory. This gives you an idea of how closely linked the sense of smell is to emotion and memory.
Many of biochemicals in essential oils – particularly sesquiterpenes – can increase blood oxygen levels in the brain. The stimulation of both aroma and oxygenation seems to affect the amygdala in ways that facilitate the release of stored emotional blocks, both in the subconscious and in various body systems.
Combining the aroma of essential oils and oxygenation regularly over time - accompanied by mental focus and intent – has proven to be effective in many cases for resolving unexplained physical problems that were rooted in past emotional trauma.
Source: Essential Oils Desk Reference
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