Aromatherapy is the use of fragrance to improve health of an organism and stimulate feelings of well-being. This “aroma” of aromatherapy usually comes from essential oils or concentrated aromatic liquids extracted from plants. Some common scents from hand soaps, room fresheners, floor sanitizers, etc. are made from jasmine, rosemary, and lavender. Each scent can influence our body in different ways. For example, the lavender scent in hand soap is supposed to relieve stress and calm the body down.
The term “aromatherapy” was unknown till early 1900s but the concept was still in use. Egyptians used different odors to cure diseases and even the Greek physician Dioscorides wrote several books on essential oils and their healing properties. Currently, aromatherapy has become popular in spas and also used as a way to relieve labor pains, reduce chemotherapy side effects and promote peaceful sleep.
A study from the Mie University School of Medicine found that patients who were suffering from depression needed little doses of antidepressant drugs after treating them with citrus smell. Another study from the University of Vienna demonstrated that when the scent of orange oil was used in dental clinics, female…show more content… It mainly acts as the interface between the brain and the outside world. The human limbic system is the seat of the emotional center and is also partly responsible for our fight or flight response, our emotional reaction to something, our hormonal secretions, pain reflex, motivation and our mood fluctuations. The four main components of the limbic system: the thalamus, the hypothalamus, the hippocampus and the amygdalae. There are also the pituitary, the cingulate gyrus, the fornicate gyrus, the mammillary body, the nucleus accumbens that help form the system. It also includes the olfactory bulb that plays such an important part in