Thursday, November 17, 2016


In natural beauty products Essential Oils (EO) are most crucial. These consist of tiny aromatic molecules that are readily absorbed by the body and penetrate skin by inhalation with quickest effect. Entering through the Cillia (the fine hairs lining the nose) to the limbic system which, when stimulated, releases endorphins, neurotransmitters and other 'feel-good' chemicals. These control our moods, emotions, state of skin and general appearance, memory and learning, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, stress levels and hormonal balance. Stress-free mind is essential for good health as well as for maintaining well hydrated , revitalized, wrinkle-free and shining skin.
Since EOs work through our powerful sense of smell, it would be useful to understand how it (olfaction sense) works at physical level. The recent article in MNT explains it scientifically.

We all are aware that odors can be detected via our noses, and that aromas are capable of evoking powerful memories and, conversely, deep revulsion.  Olfaction plugs deep into our brains. A single odor can be attached to physical realities, memories and emotions.
The first phase of olfaction is detection. The nasal cavity is covered by an olfactory epithelium, which, in a human, contains an estimated 20 million olfactory sensory neuron cells (for comparison, a bloodhound has around 220 million). These cells produce receptor proteins that lie in wait for an aroma to pass by; humans have around 450 different types of olfactory receptor.

Once an odor arrives in the nasal cavity, it binds to a receptor of the appropriate shape. This binding triggers a nerve impulse that is transmitted to the olfactory bulbs, a region where olfactory neurons converge. Olfactory bulbs are 2 pea-sized blobs, sitting just below the frontal lobe.

Comparted to the ability of dogs,  our sense of smell is less developed than many other mammals. Still our reduced sensitivity, can detect millions of airborne odorants in very small amounts. Also, our ability to distinguish between smells appears to be better than our conscious brain realizes. In a study, the participant's olfactory receptors could detect the most subtle differences between odor chemistry, but their conscious brain was left in the dark.

Talking of the organic beauty products in which HerballyRadiant specializes, out of  more than 90 Essential EOs, Herbally Radiant uses different base and carrier EOs in facial and body treatments to assist natural ability of skin to balance, regulate, heal and restore its natural glow. These penetrate skin via hair follicles and sweat glands, and get absorbed in body fluids. Minute molecules of EOs are immediately absorbed into the blood stream when inhaled as the drugs oxygenate the blood.
The EOs derived from flowers, plants, resins and roots, are the basic life force of plants, and are  effective in helping increase circulation and promote new cell growth, while eliminating toxins. As antispasmodic, analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, astringent, chologogue, febrifuge, sudorific, antidepressant, deodorant, anti-inflammatory, their therapeutic effect on body, mind and spirit is amazing. 

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