Clinical research shows that traumatic experiences are stored on a cellular level and have profound effects on one’s emotions and the physical state of the body. The Emotional Release Technique uses essential oil formulas created for their unique ability to:
• Balance energies in the body and open the subconscious mind.
• Promote emotional release of negative stored memories.
• Program the mind with positive beliefs.
It seems incredible to think that something like an essential oil can have an impact on our mental and emotional wellbeing.
Essential oils are able to penetrate through the olfactory sense (sense of smell) to the limbic part of the brain – the emotional centre of the human brain. They also penetrate to the hippocampus, which is associated with the storage of working memory and short-term memory, and the pineal gland, which is often associated with spiritual development.
How do pure, therapeutic grade essential oils affect the brain?
The blood-brain barrier is the barrier membrane between the circulating blood and the brain that prevents certain damaging substances from reaching brain tissue and cerebrospinal fluid.
The American Medical Association (AMA) determined that if they could find an agent that would pass the blood-brain barrier, they would be able to cure Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. In June of 1994, it was documented by the Medical University of Berlin, Germany and Vienna, Austria, that sesquiterpenes have the ability to go beyond the blood-brain barrier.
High levels is sesquiterpenes, found in the essential oils of frankincense and sandalwood, help increase the amount of oxygen in the limbic system of the brain, particularly around the pineal and pituitary glands. This leads to an increase in secretions of antibodies, endorphins and neurotransmitters.
Also present in the limbic system of the brain is a gland called the amygdala. In 1989, it was discovered that the amygdala plays an important role in the storing and releasing of emotional trauma. The only way to stimulate this gland is with fragrance or the sense of smell. Therefore, with aromatherapy and essential oils we are now able to release emotional trauma.
How do essential oils work with our emotions?
Via the olfactory bulb, the aroma is sent directly to the center of the brain, to the limbic system where it is processed and releases neurochemicals that can be relaxing stimulating sedative etc, depending on the essential oil being used.
The last three posts explore how this technique and the essential oils works, as a practitioner of healing arts I often combine different modalities to create the best possible session for my client. This modality is a new addition to my variety of sessions I offer, lasts about one hour, is performed in silence and you stay fully clothed.
In all my treatments I only use therapeutic grade essential oils, they are considered to be the leading edge of natural healing. Oils have been used throughout history for medical purposes, for beauty and to ease pain, depression and stress. Simply put, therapeutic grade essential oils can enhance your health and well-being.
Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.