Before i share the importance of essential oil that i’ve mentioned above. I was actually inspired by a family that runs a business called doTERRA that is used all over the world and keeps growing. They are an autism family advocate and you can follow them on instagram by searching adamautismfamily.
Shall we start with the basic science behind essential oils? I believe that most people has no clue of the power of essential oils in life. Its a life changer for me.
Im still in recovery phase of my anxiety and major depression. I’ve had tried meditation, yoga, exercises, breathing practices and much more other things. One thing i learned is that, we should always try natural alternative ways from benzodiazepines.
First before attempting to buy an essential. Do make sure it is authentic. By means like it is not blended with cheaper oils, or any sort of chemical solvents.
The science of Essential Oil
In this case there’s only two things involved. Our brain and our smell senses.
God is great. We are gifted with smell senses. that are carried as chemical messages via sense receptors and the olfactory nerve to the limbic area of the brain, and particularly to the amygdala and the hippocampus. They have a unique pathway but i dont think its important for you to know.
These are the areas of the brain associated with emotions (fear, happiness, mood, pain, pleasure, and also with memories. (Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. )
Studies conducted years and years and found that essential oils affects heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.
The sweet smells have been shown to reduce pain by activating the opioid receptors in the brain.
It’s been found that the molecules in essential oils are small enough to cross the blood-brain barrier.
They, therefore, have a direct impact on areas of the brain that help to control emotions and, as a result, can play an important role in fighting depression.
As for me, by far my most favourite friend during my yoga sessions would be Bergamot and Lemongrass.
Here are some list of essential oils that are commonly used to combat depression
- bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
- lavender (Lavandula angustifolia is the best variety for anxiety)
- ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata)
There are actually a lot more essential oils that you chould choose depending on your condition and preference.