Fast forward thousands of years and aromatherapy today is identified as a distinct discipline with a scientific base that is quickly gaining credibility. The other notable difference is that we can now enjoy the distilled, expressed or extracted forms of the volatile constituents of these aromatic plants in the form of essential oils to promote health and wellbeing.
In the world of science, it is well-accepted that essential oils can have both pharmacological and psychological benefits. These benefits can make us feel better physically and emotionally, but it goes beyond that as both of these fundamental modes of action can also affect the physiological processes in our bodies. For example, topical administration of essential oils can evoke physical and mental relaxation and also induce physiological responses including stress reduction, lower blood pressure and overall improved wellbeing (Price & Price, 2012).
Our sense of smell mediates the psychological effects of essential oils by binding to olfactory receptors in our nasal cavity. The neurological processes that follow lead to the experience of smell which impacts our neurophysiological processes including mood, emotions, cognition and behaviour. These psychological effects are not substance-specific which means our individual responses to different essential oils can, and will, differ greatly. The psychological effects of scents are genuinely therapeutic and have been found to help reduce pain perception, anxiety and cravings and enhance feelings of optimism.
So, just lifting the lid on a good quality bottle of essential oil can trigger physiological and emotional responses! Essential oils have an enormous scope of use. From helping to soothe skin, sore muscles and symptoms of mild tension headaches to supporting sleep, focus and emotional wellbeing, there are literally thousands of applications and benefits. Further, essential oils high in phenols are known for their strong antimicrobial and antioxidative properties making them wonderful for cleaning and supporting the body’s natural immunity.
dōTERRA essential oils are exceptional quality and verified pure, authentic and potent. The plants are grown and harvested in their natural habitat which means you are guaranteed an optimal and effective end product, just as nature intended. Further, dōTERRA established the CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) process which is a stringent collection of physical, chemical and stability testing procedures applied to every batch to ensure their oils are free of synthetics, additives and harmful contaminants. Also, more than half of the 45 countries dōTERRA sources its oils from are developing countries. Every purchase changes growers’ lives and otherwise disadvantaged communities are thriving through initiatives like dōTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing and the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation.