For a millennia, scents have been used for a wide range of purposes, from fighting pandemics to religious rituals. Purportedly, they have multiple therapeutic effects, including elevating mood and reducing stress. Therapists have used scents to battle depression or anxiety. By understanding the impacts of scents, it is possible to live a more purposeful and peaceful life, even during difficult times.
Many aromatic trees and plants contain terpenes or fragrant molecules. These molecules are basically oils that release therapeutic scents. Scents become stronger when terpenes are aerosolised at high temperatures. But in their natural state, they may already release strong scent if concentrated enough. When you inhale terpene molecules, they will dissolve in the nasal cavity, specifically in the olfactory epithelium lining. This will stimulate your olfactory receptors. Neurons from olfactory sensors will travel to the olfactory bulb to carry the signal. The input signals are filtered and processed by the bulb.
After processing, the mitral cells carry the output signals from the bulb to your olfactory cortex. In this instance, you start to notice the scent. The mitral cells also carry the output signals to the amygdala or other limbic system of your brain. If you smelled the scent before, you will recognise and identify it. Scent has effects on your emotion, because the olfactory system is also connected to parts of the brain that regulate your emotion. If you have positive or favourable memories associated with specific scents, you will feel happier and calm.
It is easy to use aromatherapy at home or in the workplace to combat depression and anxiety. If you have been struggling emotionally, it is recommended to use any available tool. You can choose any favourite natural essential oils to calm yourself during difficult times.
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