Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine in which essential oils are used to positively influence a person’s mind, bodily health, mood, or cognitive function. Though essential oils (EOs) are at the heart of aromatherapy, complementary natural ingredients such as jojoba, herbs, hydrosols, mineral clays, and other substances are used as well. HerballyRadiant, therefore, uses these oils in all beauty formulations.
Please note, many items claiming to be aromatherapy products – scented candles, perfume oils and fragrance oils – actually contain synthetic ingredients. For any substance to be aroma-therapeutic, it must be completely natural. Products with labeling such as “made with natural ingredients” or “made with essential oils” typically contain only small amounts of natural ingredients, which is why many people choose to buy their own essential oils and blend customized aromatherapy products at home.
SCIENCE OF SCENT
The human sense of smell is about ten thousand times more powerful than other senses, and scent travels to the brain so rapidly that the mental or physical response to the fragrance an essential oil emits can be immediate. When you inhale an EO, its scent travels first through olfactory nerve cells inside the nose and into larger olfactory system, which then delivers the aroma to the olfactory bulk located inside the brain’s limbic system, serving as seat of emotions and originator of emotional behavior.
Depending upon which essential oil you are inhaling, you may feel a rapid release of mental strain or negative emotions, and you may feel muscle tension ease at the same time. You may feel more alert, excited, or engaged with your surroundings, and if the scent you are inhaling is a familiar one, you may rapidly access your collective unconscious and experience strong memories, particularly when those memories are closely associated with deeply emotional feelings.
The limbic system is, in turn, connected to the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus, which controls the release of hormones that affect one’s nervous system, appetite, body temperature, concentration, and stress levels. Essential oils interact with the limbic system by providing input that activates the hypothalamus, instructing it to release neurochemicals to calm, relax or stimulate the body. This is why aromatherapy can play important part in stress reduction, appetite control and increasing alertness. Whether essential oils are deeply inhaled or applied to the skin, the odor molecules travel straight to the appropriate limbic destination, where neurochemicals instruct the body to respond as desired.
Aromatherapy helps bring about feelings of general well-being. Frankincense oil is a classic example, used for centuries, to add fragrance to sacred spaces like churches, sanctuaries, meditation rooms. Essential oils have wonderfully positive effects on every level. Thus, aromatherapy is more than just the scientific application of essential oils to bring about beneficial changes in physical realm; it is the creative use of essential oils to evoke positive changes on aesthetic and mystical levels as well.
Herbally Radiant’s well researched and tested formulations contain fine blend of EOs to create aromatic effect; providing skin with rich natural nutrients.