Stress hormones are very powerful and produce instant changes including:
Put very simply, aromatherapy releases a natural scent that enhances wellbeing. Here's how. Have you heard of the olfactory nerve? The word 'olfactory' comes from the Latin 'olfacere' to smell, and it's via the olfactory nerve that the healing starts to happen.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils from plants which are highly concentrated. The aroma comes from volatile compounds inside the plant and it's these aromatic molecules which interact with sensors in your nose. When you inhale the vapours from essential oils the molecules enter the nose and stimulate olfactory receptors there. Via these sensors, the oils have an effect on the systems of the body that help you to overcome stress.
Essential oils positively impact the part of our brain called the limbic system which helps control our emotions and behaviour. The nerve cells inside your nose connect directly to the brain and cause the limbic system to release wonderful natural chemicals that make you feel great.
Scents cause the limbic system of the brain to release neuro messengers including serotonin and endorphins. These produce effects of relaxation and happiness. This part of the brain is connected to other areas of the brain, such as the areas that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance. This is why certain scents can reduce stress levels, slow down the heart rate and even reduce blood pressure.
Inhaled essential oils reduce anxiety, and interrupts the stress response signals to the brain. Essential oils can be added to a vapouriser, diffuser or to hot water for steam inhalation. You can also use an aromatherapy candle like ours or use aromatherapy massage oils. Whatever you prefer.
I'm obviously going to recommend a scented candle, but that's not only because it's my product. If you don't want to spend time learning about measurements and carrier oils and all of that, then a simple candle or spray will be readily prepared at the optimum dilution.
When an aromatherapy candle or essential oil diffuser is burned it releases a gentle constant stream of vapour into the air. We then inhale these and they enter the bloodstream. Picking the right essential oils is the key to tackle stress with aromatherapy.
Here are 12 natural aromas that smell divine and also promote stress release and an improved mood. Each of these scents are signature scents in the ILUMINE candle range: