How Do Essential Oils Work On A Cellular Level? | Top 15 Essential Oil Questions | Video 3
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This is the third video in this series and will discuss how essential oils work on a cellular level. The previous video went over the importance of high quality essential oils. To see more videos from this series you can check out our Top 15 Essential Oil Questions playlist or visit our YouTube channel.
How do essential oils work on a cellular level?
So how do essential oils work on the cellular level? Well, whether you apply them topically, or inhale them, all essential oils get into your bloodstream eventually, but the cellular effects start in the olfactory epithelium.
The olfactory epithelium (which is a small patch of tissue inside each nostril) is what detects an aroma. Each olfactory epithelium contains on average 40 million sensory neurons. Each of these neurons contains olfactory cilia, which are bathed in mucous (an odor binding protein), essentially enabling them to “grab” onto the odor. They are the chemical receptors of the cell.
Next, an aroma travels from the olfactory epithelium to the:
Olfactory cortex (conscious perception of smell)
Limbic system (transmitting the aroma)
Reticular formation (analyzing the influence of the aroma)
Hypothalamus (the human brain’s center for basic drives and emotions, responds to the aroma and stores it)
The olfactory bulb becomes saturated rather quickly; which is why the oils effect on your mood seems almost instantaneous, and can trigger many emotions and memories. Our olfactory systems are amazing!
So how long does it take for essential oils to absorb? Well, absorption rates all depend on the oil (or oils) you’re using. Lighter oils, like citrus, will absorb faster than heavier oils.
When you’re applying your diluted essential oils topically, the carrier oil you use can also affect how fast your oils absorb. For example, Aloe Vera Jelly, lotions and creams will absorb more rapidly than carrier oils, and light carrier oils (like grapeseed) will absorb faster than heavier carrier oils.
What can essential oils do for you?
One of the most common questions we get at Plant Therapy is ‘Can essential oils cure what I have?’ Essential oils can’t cure diseases, and they’re not a replacement for modern medicine. Instead, essential oils can help address a wide range of symptoms and concerns, when used correctly.
Essential oils’ aromatic compounds absolutely can, and do, have an effect on the brain on a cellular level. Once a smell (or aroma) enters our brain’s olfactory cortex, it moves on to stimulate the limbic system and is then stored in the center of the brain. So basically, if you love a certain smell, that smell will have a positive effect on your emotional well being and that is how the science of aromatherapy works!
A great example of this are those smells that can trigger happy memories.[Retha to add a personal example of an aroma that makes he happy because it reminds her of…]
Essential oils can also affect your body. Oils help address many common concerns such as skin irritation, seasonal threats, digestive issues, and discomfort from aging joints.
Are you having trouble sleeping? There’s an essential oil for that. Essential oils can also help aid in relaxation, energy and focus, or even help calm nervous energy and worry.
So basically, helping ease these common concerns helps your body return to homeostasis, and a natural balance. And who doesn’t want that?
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