Essential Oils for Mind, Body and Spirit

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Essential oil aromas stimulate the part of the brain that affects emotion. The shape of an essential oil molecule is like a key that opens lock-like structures in the olfactory nerve receptors in our nostrils. The impression of the aroma is sent directly and immediately to the limbic system where memories are stored and pleasure and emotions are perceived. When stimulated, the limbic system releases chemicals that affect the central nervous system. Serotonin counteracts anxiety; endorphins reduce pain and affect sexual response.


Essential oils are quickly absorbed through the skin, traveling around individual cells and into hair follicles, where the oils enter the subaceous glands and mingle with the skin’s natural emollients. The chemical properties of the oils can be cleansing, deodorizing, toning or balancing.


Essential oils used in a diffuser create a mysterious presence in a room, then wafts away like a wish or a prayer. The essential oils can be thought of as the quintessential spirit of plant, captured in a jar.

Essential Oils work on 5 levels >>

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