Fragrance is an integral piece of our molecules of emotion. We smell not just with our brains but with our entire bodies. Scientists can draw the precise chemical structures of most molecules that are in oils and can track their benefits to us spiritually, mentally, & physically.
When applied to the body directly, essential oils are absorbed through the skin. Each essential oil is composed of beneficial molecules which affect us positively, passing through the body in a similar fashion to hormones & neuropeptides (through a natural path in the body).
Within the body the oils find receptor cells to act as catalysts for change within cell metabolism.
The oils are an outside influence on the vital communication network taking place between the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems in the mind-body.
One way essential oils affect us is through our sense of smell through Aromatherapy. Our olfactory receptor cell in our nose is the first receptor site for smelling and healing through Aromatherapy.
Another way essential oils benefit us is through their vibration & its effect on our own vibrations. Many people are skeptical about vibrational healing, such as Reiki, or of the idea that people & living things vibrate energy at all. I must say that I was a skeptic at first as well; however, coming to learn about Einstein’s theories on spirituality was the first piece which opened me to learning about our vibrations & energies. I’ll discuss this in a later post, for now let’s stick to essential oils & their vibrations. Scientists now have (gas chromatographic-mass spectrophotometric analytical documentation of various oils) and documentation from experiments on vibrational energy changes within the body & can see the physical vibrational effects of inhaling or applying essential oils to their body.
Scientists document that receptors on all neurons & immune cells in our body form ion channels & regulate electrical set points, which are then acted upon by the essential oils through this channel, resulting in changes in cell shape & function. Essential oils have been proven to be able to selectively modulate ion channels by dissolving in the fatty membranes (much more gently than most pharmaceutical drugs, & so no liver metabolism is required for essential oils & side-effects are much less while benefits are substantial). For instance, scientists have seen profound change in levels of consciousness (from heightened awareness & excitement to reduced awareness and sleep).
Here is a perfect example: By adding rosa damascena oil to a bath, an emotional conflict can be spiritually resolved & the body can feel calm & serene & can then rest, relieving muscle cramps, the holding of body weight, & other physical affects due to the stress. The use of this oil here affects the electrochemical process within the body, giving it a sense of balance and peace by finding the cellular receptor sites that need harmonizing to bring calm.
Essential oils have the ability to harmonize emotions, raise our spirits, & eliminate microbial infections. The key to utilizing the benefits of our world around us is by respecting it. It’s my belief (shared by most) that we live on this Earth to benefit from it, furthermore that it was well-crafted to fit our needs specifically, & so we must look to it when we are in need if we want a viable solution. Additionally, we live on this Earth to benefit it, that is, we were created not to destroy it but to care for it. As the plants & animals feed & care for us, so we care for them by caring for crops & wildlife & by lending our intelligent expertise to further their care. The oils themselves must be well-cared for, responsibly harvested, packaged carefully, & mixed consciously with other oils which relate on a molecular level to one another. This is the great adventure of perfume-making which I enjoy so much.