ESSENTIAL OILS are the subtle, aromatic, and volatile liquids extracted through distillation from a single botanical source (flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark, and roots of herbs, bushes, shrubs and trees), the part of the plant yielding the maximum amount of essential oil.

Essential oils represent the soul essence of a plant. As such they are highly concentrated, a drop or two can produce significant results.

It is well known that aroma reaches and influences the deepest human instincts.

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These precious plant distillates are active nutrient resources within a plant and act like blood to protect it from bacterial and viral infections, cleansing breaks in its tissue and delivering oxygen and nutrients to its cells.

Essential oils have highly aromatic scent. Most of their therapeutic benefits are delivered through the power of their smell.

The elements of heat, light, air and moisture activate the release of scent. Our logical brain is not involved in our process of smell. We actually feel aromatic scents.

Through your olfactory nerve the scent of essential oil is felt. Your experience of essential oils is not an intellectual process, but rather an intuitive one. Smelling aroma is an emotional and sensual experience.

When essential oils are diffused and inhaled, aromatherapy not only delivers the calming benefits of fragrance, it also delivers the many health benefits unique to essential oils.

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For instance inhalation of Lavender oil triggers the release of Serotonin from the raphe nucleus in the brain and produces a calming effect. Unless of course there is a learned odor response, or imbedded neuro-association, that triggers a negative reaction to the aroma of Lavender.

You can learn a conditioned response to Lavender if it is strongly associated with a negative memory. For instance if you had a caretaker who was abusive who wore a Lavender scent, or conversely you had a caretaker who showed unconditional love and support you might develop a conditioned neuro-response which would either block or enhance Lavender's action to trigger a release of neuro-chemicals and their absorption by neuro-receptors in the body.

The molecules of Emotion are powerful chemicals and can easily block our natural response mechanism to an aroma!

Your conditioned or learned response mechanism to scent explains WHY single oils and aromatic formulations known to have certain properties and actions aren't effective for everyone.

Synthetic fragrance or perfume oils rely entirely on your learned response to an odor for stimulating an effect in your hormonal and nervous systems, not to the triggering of neuro-chemicals released by a pure essential oil!

It has been shown that adulterated and synthetic fragrance or perfume oils may, in fact, can cause allergies, headaches and chemical sensitivities.

PROPERLY ADMINISTERED pure essential oils are a safe, natural and effective way to enhance your health and well-being and may produce satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult your physician regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to self-diagnose.

Author's Bio: 

KG Stiles is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and Founder of PurePlant Essentials organic aromatherapy She develops aromatherapy programs for hospitals, businesses and individuals, as well as offers aromatherapy training and consulting.
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