The Feet are the second fastest area of the body to absorb oils because of the large pores. They have numerous nerve endings which makes them very sensitive to touch. Some have said that by targeting a certain area of the foot with pressure, it may enhance the organ to which it is related.
The ear is another place where the oils are absorbed quite quickly. This illustration shows some reflex points for different areas that may be affected by gentle pressure while applying the oil.
The hands are another area similar to the feet which are very sensitive, and very vascular and hence absorb the oils quickly.
Aromatherapy is the treatment or prevention of disease by use of essential oils. Other stated uses include pain and anxiety reduction, enhancement of energy and short-term memory, relaxation, hair loss prevention, and reduction of eczema-induced itching.
Two basic mechanisms are offered to explain the purported effects. One is the influence of aroma on the brain, especially the limbic system through the olfactory system. The other is the direct pharmacological effects of the essential oils. While precise knowledge of the synergy between the body and aromatic oils is often claimed by aromatherapists, the efficacy of aromatherapy remains unproven. However, some preliminary clinical studies of aromatherapy in combination with other techniques show positive effects. Aromatherapy does not cure conditions, but helps the body to find a natural way to cure itself and improve immune response.
The fastest way however to gain the benefits from doTerra Essential Oils is easy and fast. Simply breath the aroma of the oil through your nose!
Ever wondered why smells evoke such strong memories. Like Grandma’s fresh bread, grandpa milking the cow, the smell of the perfume or the cologne of a special person in your life?
Well….here is why…. in a technical way!
When an odor molecule is inhaled into the nasal cavity, it is first sensed by the olfactory cells that are part of the olfactory epithelium. The olfactory epithelium is comprised of two small patches of olfactory nerves (each about 1 cm square) that lie on the roof of the nasal cavity. The olfactory cells within the olfactory epithelium are specialized nerve cells that extend cilia (small hairlike structures) from their dendrites and into the nasal cavity. Each of these cilia have receptors that bind to a specific type of odor molecule. When an odor molecule binds to a receptor on the cilia of an olfactory cell, the olfactory cell passes the signal through the cribriform plate (the bone at the the roof of the nasal cavity) to the olfactory bulb. The olfactory bulb, in turn, sends those impulses along the lateral olfactory tract to five different structures in the brain including the amygdala ( which is responsible for storing and releasing emotional trauma), The anterior olfactory nucleus (which process smells), The olfactory tubercle, the piriform that create a consious precetption of the odor, and sending them on the the hippocampus, the long-term memory center of the brain. Anatomically, the olfactory system is closely connected to the limbic system of the brain. The limbic system includes structures such as hippocampus (long term memory), the amygdala (emotions), the hypothalamus (automonic nervous system and hormones, and the cingulate gyrus (regulates blood pressure, heart rate and attention). It is due to the fact that the olfactory system is so closely connected to the limbic systme that the essential oils have such profound physiological and psychological effects.
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