Essential oils have served humanity for thousands of years by providing unique and effective cosmetic and health benefits. Throughout the years these oils have been applied in different ways to promote general well-being. One common method used is to inhale an essential oil through the mouth or the nose.
Inhaling essential oils means that it will interact closely with the olfactory system of the human body. This system includes all cells and physical organs that contribute to human’s sense of smell. Substances inhaled through the nose or mouth get carried to the lungs and are disbursed through the respiratory system, which is why inhaling oils is effective.
Inhaling essential oils offers advantages that other methods do not. By breathing in a substance through the nose, it interacts and begins to affect the brain almost immediately. In fact, during inhalation, the molecules that produce odor travel through the corridors of the nose and go to receptor sites that effect the brain through the limbic system, the part of the brain tied to memory. This is why a smell can induce a powerful sense of nostalgia, as smell is the sense most closely tied to memory. The limbic system also controls the breathing, blood pressure levels, heart rate, and hormone balance of the body. This all explains why aroma therapy and essential oils can combat stress.
Raven Zaal is a professional holistic health professional that has used essential oils.