Studies have shown that our sense of smell is the only sense directly tied to the limbic area of the brain, which is considered the “emotional control center”. This means inhaled molecules travel through the nasal passage to receptor neurons that transport them directly up to the limbic brain.
The entire central nervous system helps control our emotions, yet, the activities in the limbic system and autonomic nervous system are especially influential over our emotional health.
“The limbic system predominantly controls appropriate responses to stimuli with social, emotional, or motivational salience, which includes innate behaviors such as mating, aggression, and defense.” (Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience publishes rigorously peer-reviewed research that aims to identify key molecules underlying the structure, design, and function of the brain across all levels.)
The limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance. It, and its subparts such as the hippocampus, hypothalamus, and amygdala, are also responsible for controlling the physical, psychological, and emotional responses that your body performs based on outside stimuli.
Thus, inhaling anything directly affects the brain and can have incredible physiological and psychological effects.
“When you breathe in, we discovered you are stimulating neurons in the olfactory cortex, amygdala, and hippocampus, all across the limbic system.” The researchers found that the stimulation appeared to be limited to when the patients were inhaling, and only when breathing with their nose. (These findings are reported in The Journal of Neuroscience)
This is why Alywillow’s spritzers, inhalers, and therapeutic-grade essential oils are so effective at reducing stress, helping balancing hormone levels, relaxing the body, improving focus and more. When used properly, these products are powerful tools in living a healthier life.
“I have to tell you too, that I’m in love with your Butterfly formula! The smell makes me so happy and instantly puts me at ease! I don’t know what it is! I spritz it on before bed and sleep wonderfully all night! I would love to have it as my perfume! Thank you for the Butterfly Spritzer! Oh my gosh! I LOVE the smell!!! “ Amy Evans
“Wow – these headache inhalers really work! I keep one in my wallet at all times. Smaller than a bottle of Tylenol and JUST as effective!” A. Barnhardt, Raleigh, NC. Feb 11, 2017
“I’ve been using Alywillow products for almost a year and I absolutely love Alywillow! I think FIREFLY is my favorite, I use the body butter and spritzer. The FIREFLY really wakes me up and I feel fresh and happy. The spritzer is like a cocktail of happiness and freshness when I feel tired.” – Y. Hiromoto, Raleigh, NC
“When I first wake up in the morning and I’m stuffy – I use my eucalyptus Inhaler up each nostril and it seems to clear my sinuses to where I can blow and I’m ready to go – feeling fresh! I don’t even have to use my prescription allergy spray.” Micki P. – Wilson, NC ***
Our other four senses — taste, sight, touch, and hearing — are first routed through the thalamus before reaching designated areas of the brain. The thalamus relays motor and sensory signals to the cerebral cortex.
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