Introduction to olfactotherapy
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of olfactotherapy, a captivating branch of aromatherapy, where the natural aromas of essential oils become keys opening the doors to our emotions and well-being. Olfactotherapy therefore focuses specifically on the use of smells and aromas to influence and balance emotions and psychological state.
This ancient practice, now supported by modern scientific research, reveals that oils like lavender, chamomile, bergamot and geranium are not only pleasant to the nose, but also have remarkable therapeutic properties. They work subtly, and gently, to soothe the mind, balance mood and provide natural relief from the symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress.
Olfactotherapy invites us to rediscover our intimate connection with nature and its benefits, guiding us towards deep inner harmony.
The benefits of olfactotherapy
Depression and anxiety: Research such as that from Monash University has found that essential oils, such as Lavender, Bergamot, and Lemon Balm, can have a significant impact on reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety. These oils work by stimulating the nervous system in beneficial ways, helping to regulate mood and ease tension
Analgesic and anxiolytic effects: Lavender oil, in particular, has been noted for its mood-enhancing effect, likely due to its strong antioxidant effect in the brain
History of olfactotherapy
Olfactotherapy finds its roots in the ancestral practices of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Chinese, where essential oils were used for their therapeutic properties. For millennia, these cultures have recognized the effects of natural aromas on the body and mind, using them to promote healing and well-being.
How essential oils influence emotions
Essential oils influence our emotions by interacting with the limbic system, the part of the brain that manages emotions and memories. Inhaling aromas can therefore have a direct impact on our mood and state of mind.
Recipe for a soothing bracelet
- Volcanic stone bracelet OR
- Stainless steel essential oil diffuser bracelet
- Lavender essential oil
- Bergamot essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Place 1 drop of each essential oil on a few volcanic stones of the bracelet OR on the stamp of the stainless steel bracelet.
- Allow the oils to absorb for a few minutes.
- Wear the bracelet to enjoy the benefits throughout the day.*
Olfactotherapy, with its rich history and profound effects on emotional well-being, reminds us of the timeless power of natural aromas. By integrating essential oils into our daily lives, we can not only improve our mood and manage stress, but also reconnect with ancient practices that honor the connection between nature and our well-being. Let the natural aromas of essential oils guide you towards balance and inner harmony, and discover how these essences can enrich your daily life.
To learn more: Stay tuned for a future post detailing how to select and store your essential oils to maximize their benefits.
* Important note about citrus essential oils
It is important to note that citrus essential oils, such as bergamot, lemon and sweet orange, are photosensitizing. This means they can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and potentially cause skin reactions when exposed to UV rays. If you use these oils on your skin, it is advisable to avoid direct exposure to the sun for at least a few hours after application to prevent any risk of reactions. Always dilute citrus essential oils in a carrier oil and use caution with their use.
- “Research Progress of Essential Oil as a New Complementary Therapy in the Treatment of Depression.” URL: PubMed . This study explores the use of essential oils in the treatment of depression and other emotional disorders, highlighting how their compounds can influence the nervous system.
- “Essential Oils for Treating Anxiety: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials and Network Meta-Analysis.” URL: PubMed . This research includes studies demonstrating the effectiveness of essential oils, including lavender, in reducing anxiety.
- “Essential Oils and Health.” URL: PubMed . This review highlights the effects of essential oils on the nervous system, including their anti-stress, anti-anxiety, and analgesic properties.