Essential oils

The chemicals in essential oils can interact with your body in several ways.

When applied to your skin, some plant chemicals are absorbed

It’s thought that certain application methods can improve absorption, such as applying with heat or to different areas of the body.

Inhaling the aromas from essential oils can stimulate areas of your limbic system, which is a part of your brain that plays a role in emotions, behaviors, sense of smell, and long-term memory

Interestingly, the limbic system is heavily involved in forming memories. This can partly explain why familiar smells can trigger memories or emotions

The limbic system also plays a role in controlling several unconscious physiological functions, such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. As such, some people claim that essential oils can exert a physical effect on your body.

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