Smell, #1 Fastest Way to Absorb Essential Oils

Hello, MnSue here on Young Living Essential Oils.

I have been enjoying the Young Living Essential Oils and all their benefits. I never would have guessed, some years back, that I would be so active and so excited to share what I learn and help you understand essential oils.

There are multiple ways of using Essential Oils and of the body absorbing them. There will be certain ways that you find are your favorite. Like mine is diffusing right now, who knows what tomorrow brings.

MnSue will cover the fastest way to obsorb them, which is through the olfactory system.

What is olfactory system and also better yet, what does it do?

The olfactory system consists of  the nasal area and different parts of the brain.

For example when you smell something it starts of with the olfactory cells picking up the scent, delivering it to the olfactory epithelium. Olfactory epethelium is made up of two patches of olfactory nerves (1 cm sq) on the roof of your nose, or nasal cavity. Those cells in the olfactory epithelium extend hair like structures called “cilia”off of those cells into your nasal cavity and bind to certain smells. So now when those smells cross the cilia, the cell it is attached to passes along the scent (or signal it converted to now) to the cribriform plate (or bone at roof of nasal cavity) forwarding on through to the olfactory bulb. Olfactory bulb converts it over to the lateral olfactory tract traveling on into the five different structures of the brain.

Those five structures are;
1) Amygdala ~ stores and releases emotional trauma
2) Anterior olfactory nucleus ~ helps process smells
3) Olfactory tubercle ~ function of smelling
4) Piriform cortex ~ passes the signal on to help one clarify the conscious perception of the odor
5) Entorhinal cortex ~ help break down stimuli before sending on to the hippocampus (which is long term memory, and in this discussion helps us remember different scents).

Now when you look at the last diagram, you can see how the olfactory bulb is closely associated to the limbic system.

The limbic system, which consists of;

hippocampus ~ long term memory
amygdala ~ emotions
hypothalamus ~ autonomic nervous system & hormones
cingulate system ~ regulates blood pressure, heart rate and attention

When these two systems are so closely structured, one can understand how essential oils can help both physiological and psychological issues in us.

Isn’t that just amazing how our bodies are made? So simple yet complex. So in closing I would like to mention,  a few popular ways in using the oils in personal use, through scent/olfactory. Diffusing (which is recommended only 15 minutes out of every hour to give your olfactory system a break in between using), cloth or tissue with essential oils on, hold close to face and inhale. Vent or fan,  put essential oil on cotton ball, attached to vent or fan, which works great in cars also. Nebulizers, vaporizer or humidifiers.  Keeping in mind, you only need a drop or two in using oils with these different ways of using essential oils. Less is best, until you feel comfortable using more.

A few of my favorite oils to diffuse are Frankincense, Citrus Fresh, Thieves, Peppermint, Lavender, Melrose, Lemon, Wintergreen and Purification.

MnSue leaving you to enjoy Essential Oils
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