Hold tight, if you are a science nerd like me, you’re going to love the topic this month - Aromatics and the Limbic System!
It’s time to get a little nerdy 🤓 because you may be wondering how essential oils work with your brain aromatically. It all comes down to the Limbic System (which is actually what works with aromatic compounds).
When you inhale an essential oil, the molecules of the oil go into the back of each nostril to the epithelium patch where the molecules attach to receptors on the cilia hairs. These convert to nerves that send the odor information to the olfactory bulb in the brain. This bulb communicates directly with the amygdala, hippocampus and other brain structures.
Still with me? 🙃🙃🙃 Good! Getting to the good stuff - promise!
The amygdala is the center for emotions in the limbic system and it links our sense of smell to our ability to learn emotionally. (Hello👋 EMOTIONAL BRAIN)
The capacity to link information and emotions is why essential oils are such a powerful partner in creating and maintaining emotional health.
This is EXACTLY why smells will trigger memories more than seeing an image, tasting food, or even listening to music!
How amazing is our brain?!
☀️Some of our most popular oils to start to anchor your emotional brain are citrus oils, as they provoke happy, uplifting and supportive emotions in most people.
If you aren’t sure exactly how to create your own diffuser blends here’s my handy little cheat sheet: Essential Oils can be put into three categories:
👉 Base Notes (Last to smell linger the longest - usually thicker or woody–Vetiver, Hawaiian Sandalwood, etc)
👉 Middle Notes (Deeper florals and citrus oils)
👉 Top Notes (First to smell and first to dissipate–mints and quick evaporating florals like Jasmine or Magnolia)
If you aren’t quite ready for that, just pick 2-4 oils that you are drawn to, take the caps off and take a whiff of them all together.
Play with the quantities in the diffuser. If you love it, write it down.
Check out this video by Rebecca Park Totilo an instructor at the Aroma Hut Institute. She describes the blending by note method; it's as simple as 1-2-3!
This is a fun idea...make a schedule for your daily diffusing! Here are some of my favorite blends!
One of the best things you can do is get a Zyto scan to see exactly which oils to use to support your body!
Spring is in full swing which means summer is just around the corner, and dōTERRA is doing their best to make the month of May even easier for us to love! I have the lowdown on all of the excitement you can be expecting to see.
First and foremost is our 10% off product, Magnolia Touch. 🌸 This beautiful floral oil is a must have for your purse and bedroom. Nothing calms me faster than this oil (it contains more linalool than Lavender). Use it as a pure-fume (it layers beautifully with Motivate) or roll on before bed for a peaceful night’s sleep.
💧 The Product of the Month (or POM) is AromaTouch (5mL). It is soothing and comforting to the skin (perfect for massage) and with a 125 PV order before the 15th, you can get this for FREE!
Place any single 200 PV+ order this month and receive the Tropical Trio: Sunny Citrus 15 mL, Island Mint® 15 mL, and Citrus Bliss® 15 mL for free with your order (while supplies last).
🏝️ Island Mint is a blend of Lemon, Lime, Spruce, and Peppermint. It has an uplifting and invigorating aroma and creates an environment of renewal and clarity.
☀️ Sunny Citrus is a blend of Grapefruit, Wild Orange, and Peppermint. This blend energizes and refreshes the atmosphere, creates a bright environment, and cleanses naturally. I love diffusing this in the bathroom and my kitchen!
🍊 Citrus Bliss is the perfect balance of Wild Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Bergamot, Tangerine, Clementine, and Vanilla Bean Absolute. This blend freshens the air, produces an uplifting aroma, and creates a positive, invigorating atmosphere.
Pro Tip: diffuse 3 drops Citrus Bliss, and 2 drops Wintergreen and have your home smelling like Rootbeer!
To Enter the Giveaway:
The top two group contributors in May in our facebook group called "Our Oil Network" will win one of these two aromatherapy rollers!! How do you become a top contributor?? Like, comment, and interact with each post in the group...even share testimonials or tips in the group as often as possible!! This is why you're going to want to update your notification settings!
Winner will be announced June 4th!
Even if it’s still not optimal spring conditions where you live yet, this blend will make you feel like doing cartwheels.
Spring Fling Diffuser Blend:
💧 3 drops Lemongrass
💧 3 drops Tangerine
💧 2 drops Spearmint
Added bonus: double to the amounts and add to your favorite surface cleaner
P.S. Disclaimer for this series - Any serious medical condition should always be taken up with a qualified medical professional. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.