Want to know why aromas, like that of baking bread, or homemade cookies, give you that warm, loved, secure, going to grandma’s house feeling? Or, why they sometimes trigger a memory, sometimes good, sometimes bad? Or, why the fragrance of essential oils can be so supportive? Tune in, turn your brain on, do some InTune©, or Peppermint, and I’ll explain.
When you take your child to their wrestling matches, or gymnastics class, does the smell of the vinyl mats give you a memory of your own childhood or high school? There’s a scientific, neurological reason!
We have multiple body systems, but the Limbic and the Endocrine systems will be our focus for this article.
· The Limbic system structures, which are all deep inside the brain, are involved in many of our emotions and motivations, particularly those that are related to survival.
The Hypothalamus, about the size of a pearl, is an important emotional center, controlling the molecules that make you feel exhilarated, angry, or unhappy.
The Olfactory Cortex receives sensory information from the olfactory bulb and is involved in the identification of odors.
So, you smell something, and that information goes through the olfactory bulb, to the olfactory cortex, and then relays information to the Hypothalamus. This is how smells are so closely linked to feelings, because the neurological centers that control both emotions, and translate the sensory information regarding smells, are all in the SAME system, the Limbic system!
How is smell related to love and other physical responses that relate to our emotions? Check this out!!
· The Endocrine System is made up of all the glands that produce and secrete hormones and other chemicals.
The Hypothalamus which is part of the Endocrine system too, basically tells the pituitary gland to release and stop releasing certain hormones. Remember how the hypothalamus connects smell to feelings? It’s linked to the hormones too!
The Pituitary Gland is the master gland which tells the other glands to release their hormones.
The Hypothalamus is like a communication bridge between our emotion system and our glandular system.
Glands <–> Hypothalamus <–> Emotions
In Tune Focus Blend: These oils were carefully selected for their ability to enhance focus and support healthy thought processes. This blend supports those who have difficulty paying attention to stay on task and sustain focus.
1. Amyris– Sandalwood is scarce, so Amyris is sometimes used as a substitute, it is even called Candle Wood (because it burns like a candle), West Indian Sandalwood and Poor Man’s Sandalwood. It is a long lasting base (bottom) note used to anchor other scents in perfuming. It will promote inner strength and a sense of grounding. Amyris oil is dominated by sesquiterpene alcohols.
2. Patchouli – Sesquiterpenes; Base/Bottom note. Very calming!!
3. Frankincense – Monoterpenes -90%, Base note, calming, supports the pineal and pituitary glands.
4. Lime – Monoterpenes -80% (mostly d-Limonene) Top note which is fast acting, uplifting, often used for emotional support. First thing you smell, but evaporate quickly.
5. Ylang ylang—Sesquiterpenes- Middle note which is harmonizing and balancing. Calming.
6. Sandalwood—Sesquiterpene Alcohols-80%; Sesquiterpenes-20%; Base note; calming.
7. Roman chamomile essential oils—Esters-75%; Middle note; the most balancing and calming of all the constituents, balance and supportive to the nervous system. Ancient Romans used to clear mind and empower them with courage for battle.
In summary: Essential oils are very supportive of our nervous systems and emotions.