How does essential oils work?

Three ways to use essential oils:

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1. Topically 2.Internally 3. Olfaction

These are the three pathways essential oil enters into our system.

1.Topically

Drop a couple essential oils onto the skin, one that’s safe topically, of course. The essential oil molecules readily somewhat permeate the skin. The active chemicals in essential oils are absorbed through the pores and hair follicles while the rest dissipates into the air. It has been reported that certain areas of the skin can absorb with high concentration such as the face, soles, palms, armpit and where the sun don’t shine (you know what I mean). Once, essential oil permeates the skin, it can carry into the bloodstream and is filtered through the body fluid and cells. Tip: To speed up the process (enhance absorption), massage the area to increase circulation.

2.Internally

For caution sake, not all essential oils are equal. Some Essential oils are toxic if taken internally. Be extra cautious and learn about the essential oils, if in doubt, go without. Safety first! Some however use essential oils for cooking as well as taking it daily, weekly, monthly or during that time of the month (you know what I mean). Ingestion can affect the liver, kidney and other organs.


3.Olfaction

Imagine smelling sweet orange in the air. A feeling of slight sensation takes over the body and a smile appears on your face. How does this work? The aroma is carried into our nasal passage, directly passing the receptor cell. The hair in our nose registers and transmits information, olfactory bulb, to the brain, almost immediately. The limbic system, emotional brain, is affected as well. The limbic system is connected to the parts of the brains
that control memory, hormone balance, and heart rate among a few, which helps explains why our emotions are triggered. Aromatic particles are also carried into our lungs and interact with our respiratory system causing several effects throughout the body.

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