April 2017 Newsletter
Laurens Van Der Post once said " Smell.... is not only the biologically the oldest but also the most evocative of all our senses."Humans, like animals communicate between each other non-verbally through scent. Our sense of smell and the hormones we exude are constantly sharing information with those around us, without our conscious mind even picking up a signal."
The human body is complicated to begin with; throw in how dependent we are upon our senses.... you get the witches brew! The power of smell has an emotional impact on our psyche; certain scents have the ability to recall childhood memories or lost loves from the past. To go further understand how aromatherapy works we turn to science on how the Olfactory System operates.
There are three separate stages to scent:
1. Olfactory System receives the scent or odour through he nasal system; once it reaches the Olfactory system the scent is processed an moved upwards to the next stage. This stage alone has over 20 million scent receptors;
2. Limbic System is part two in scent processing. It is here that the odour molecules are further assessed by the hypothalamus, hippocampus and the amygdala;
3. Perception, the last stage of odour processing.
It is here that the scent is understood by the brain and then shared with the rest of the human senses; imagine how complex this must be for the brain to comphrend and send back an answer within ONE second.
HOW does any of this relate to Aromatherapy? Let me explain how the human body uses scent to heal itself. Dr. Luca Turin penned a book titled "The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell" says that our scent receptors act like switches; they are either turned On/Off depending upon the strength of the smell. When this supposed switch is turn on; it allows for communication to flow between the scent receptors and the brain. It is this process that allows us to understand scents in our own way. Dr. Turin goes on to say "We don't smell with our noses, we smell with our brains so we should not be surprised that fragrance has a direct impact on our feelings and moods. Some researches say that the concept of odours having a direct affect upon our minds is incredible and needs to be explored further; especially when studies that suggest essential oils have a direct impact on the human central nervous system. If we are to believe this, then what we stated above has truth to it. The ability of a scent to change or modify the brain through the central nervous system using scent borders on the edge of an incredible discovery! Imagine we could do away with medications and harmful treatments fora more natural lifestyle.
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Thank you for being a valued customer and member of Team Miracle! Wishing you had a grand Christmas filled with family, love and celebrations. May 2017 bring each of you a bright and wonderful year ahead; with happiness and success shining over you and your loved ones!
Amit Garyali, President