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Essential oils, how do they work ?

Why use essential oils?

Essential oils have therapeutic properties and can impact both mental and physical health.

 

How does it work?

Cutaneous Absorption

When you apply an essential oil to the skin, it can be absorbed by the upper layers of the epidermis. This method is commonly used in massages, rubs, and skin treatments. Essential oil molecules are small enough to penetrate the skin barrier and enter the bloodstream. Once in the blood, they can be transported to various parts of the body.

 

Inhalation and Olfactory Stimulation

Inhaling essential oils is one of the most common ways to use them. When you inhale the aromas of essential oils, they pass through the olfactory system located in the nose. This system is directly connected to the brain, specifically the amygdala and hippocampus, which play a key role in regulating emotions, memory, and stress. Therefore, aromas can have a direct impact on your mood, stress, and emotional well-being.

 

Ingestion

Ingesting essential oils is less common and should be done with great caution. Some essential oils can be taken orally, but this should be done under the supervision of a healthcare professional or a qualified aromatherapist. Ingestion can have effects on the digestive system, immune system, and other bodily systems.

 

Stimulation of Sensory Receptors

Essential oils contain active chemical compounds that can interact with sensory receptors in the body.

 

Psychological Response

In addition to their direct physiological effects, essential oils can also impact psychology. Aromas can evoke memories...

 

What are the effects?

Effects on the Nervous System

Certain essential oils, such as lavender and chamomile, are renowned for their ability to soothe the nervous system (the parasympathetic system), promoting calm and relaxation.

Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic Properties: They can be used to relieve muscle pain, headaches, stomach cramps, and other painful conditions.

Antibacterial and Antiviral Properties: to strengthen the immune system and prevent infections.

Improvement of Sleep: to combat insomnia and improve sleep quality.

Reduction of Stress and Anxiety: by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.

Mood Enhancement: by uplifting the spirit and promoting a sense of well-being.

Respiratory Health Support: by relieving symptoms of colds, flu, and other respiratory conditions.

As essential oils are highly potent and concentrated, their use must be approached with caution. They should be properly diluted, and any application should be tested on the skin. There are also many contraindications (pregnant and breastfeeding individuals and children should not use them).

It is recommended to consult a healthcare professional or a qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils for therapeutic purposes.

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