Essential oils can affect our bodily systems in a variety of ways. Depending on their chemical components, the affect they have on us can range from energising, uplifting & renewing to sedating & calming.
In order to receive their healing benefits, essential oils can either be inhaled or massaged onto the skin. Once inhaled, the aromatic compounds of an essential oil travel straight to the brain and are capable of influencing mood and emotions within seconds. If massaged onto the skin, because our skin is semi permeable, essential oils are easily absorbed into our bloodstream.
From the moment the essential oil vapour is released into the air and makes contact with the sensory receptors in our nasal cavity, information is sent directly to the brain, specifically to limbic system. This is where pleasure, memory and emotions are recorded.
Essential oil molecules are so tiny in structure that when massaged onto the skin, they are able to pass through the outer layer of the epidermis. Once they enter the bloodstream essential oils target specific areas of the body with their healing benefits. Mother nature has an innate intelligence and wants to bring the body & mind back into balance.