How Are Scents and Emotions Related?

We may not realize it, but scents play a huge role in how we feel and think. There is a scientific explanation for the connection between our emotions and the smells we encounter.

Our olfactory system, or sense of smell, has an immediate connection to a particular part of the brain that acts as our emotional processing center, the amygdala. The direct connection between our olfactory system and the amygdala is the reason why smells like rain, citrus fruits, and fresh-cut grass make us feel a certain way, or may even bring up specific memories.

How Do Essential Oils Affect Emotions?

Essential oils are concentrated amounts of the aroma compounds found in various plants. Because essential oils produce potent aromas, they can be powerful tools for influencing your mood and emotions.

Bergamot and Stress

One of the most important feelings to be aware of is emotional and physical tension, or, stress. Stress is how we respond to anything challenging in our environment. Even perfectly healthy people experience emotional stress and tension, but when it gets out of hand, stress may have negative impacts on your mental and physical health.

Essential oils make an excellent contribution to a stress-relieving environment. The doTERRA Science team recommends Bergamot for anyone that needs a natural, aromatic experience as they unwind at the end of the day. You can also try massaging Bergamot onto the skin with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a few moments of emotional self-care.*

*Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

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