Imagine that you can change your mood, change your health and change your world simply by breathing in. A home, where you can lift vitality or drift into relaxation whenever you need to. A workplace, where you can fight lethargy, boost productivity and enhance creativity. A chance to bring nature to the city, through the power of scent on our olfactory system, and breath on our wellbeing. Imagine it, and then make it real!
If you could choose the air you breathe, why wouldn’t you?
For good or bad, the molecules we inhale do change us physiologically and psychologically, and those changes can be powerful. And fast. This is the science behind aromatherapy and the path to taking charge of your health, your confidence, and your life.
It’s a truth that’s been well known and practised for thousands of years. Apart from regular exercise, inhaling essential oils and breathing the air you choose may be the most important step you’ll ever take to physical, psychological and emotional good health.
How does aromatherapy actually work?
Want more energy, better sleep and a stronger immune system? Then you’ll need to get the very best out of those essential oils. How you access these remedial benefits is crucial, and that means we need to think about one of the most vital and totally taken-for-granted parts of our physiology! Our sense of smell and the olfactory system.
When you inhale essential oils, the molecules reach thousands of receptors in the olfactory membrane in your nose and follow the chemosensory pathway to reach, almost immediately, the limbic system of the brain. This is the oldest part of the brain in evolutionary terms and is often called the “emotional” brain.
The limbic system connects directly with other parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance.
So how does inhaling essential oils improve health?
When we inhale through the nostrils, the molecules we breathe in quickly interact with the olfactory organs and the brain. Some molecules are also carried to the lungs and respiratory system. This is how inhaling essential oils can have an immediate and clinically quantifiable effect on respiration, pulse and blood pressure and on the central nervous system in general.
“Essential oil constituents absorbed via inhalation may enter the bloodstream and reach the central nervous system with relative ease.” (Tisserand, R. Essential Oil Safety)
Because of this direct olfactory pathway to specific areas of the brain, inhaling essential oils can work very quickly and much more efficiently than oral remedies. From when you first inhale the oil to the corresponding brain trigger and gland secretion is less than a few seconds.
How do we know aromatherapy works scientifically?
Although this information has been understood for thousands of years, with ancient Egyptians using odours to treat disease and ancient Greeks writing books on the healing properties of essential oils, scientific studies continue to this day.
A clinical study at the University of Vienna, Austria (J. Lehrner, 2000) took 72 people awaiting dental treatment and split them into a control group and an odour group. The odour group waited in a room where orange oil (Citrus sinenis) was diffused. Clinical assessment showed that the people in the odour group quickly became calmer and felt more positive, with lower levels of anxiety than those in the control group. This study scientifically confirmed the relaxing, uplifting properties of this diffused essential oil.
Where can you find great essential oil blends?
Black Chicken Remedies carefully blended essential oils may be relaxants or stimulants and can help with a range of health issues, including insomnia, nervous tension and congestion. They can improve concentration and mental clarity, and help to alleviate mental and physical fatigue and anxiety.
Many essential oils have antibacterial and antiviral effects, which help protect and strengthen your immune system when inhaled, as well as purifying your personal environment.
Our top pick essential oil would be Slumber, this relaxing oil helps calm the body and mind ready for a restful nights sleep.
What’s the best way to inhale essential oils?
Diffusers are an easy and effective way to bring aroma into your home and work environments but with the right choice, it’s obvious a diffuser can deliver many more benefits. A good diffuser lets you get the most from the valuable properties of remedial essential oil blends and gives you more active management of your mental, physical and emotional health. We will soon be stocking Black Chicken Remedies SkyPipe Essential Oil Diffuser.