essential oils

The Link Between Aroma and Memory- Fort Collins Spa

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Does the smell of a certain food bring you back to memories of your Mom cooking when you were a child? Maybe you dislike the smell of lilies because of your association of lilies with funerals? The link between aroma and memories is a strong one! A smell can bring up a flood of memories, influence moods, and even affect work performance. The olfactory bulb for smelling is part of the limbic system of the brain, an area associated closely with memory. The limbic system is sometimes called the emotional brain because a smell can bring up memories and powerful responses almost instantly.

The olfactory bulb is connected to the amygdala, which processes emotion. It is also connected to the hippocampus, which is responsible for associative learning. Despite these connections, smells would not be able to trigger memories if it weren’t for conditioned responses. The first time you encounter a new smell, you link it to an event, person, thing, or moment. Your brain forges a link between the smell and memory- like chlorine or charcoal on a grill with summer time. The next time you encounter the smell, the link is still there, ready to bring up a memory or mood! For this reason, if you associated lilies with a funeral, they might agitate you without you recognizing why! This is part of why we don’t all like the same smells!

Aroma and memory are closely connected, and this can also be used for marketing! For example, when showing a home, some times realtors will bake cookies or a pie. Scents can be so pleasing to us, which is why candles, air freshener sprays, wax melts, and other scented items are so popular! Here at Advanced Aesthetics we love essential oils and the line of skin care products we carry are lightly and pleasantly fragranced! Come in for a sniff test of our fine products today!


Essential Oils; Skin Care Products Fort Collins

Essential oils are usually affordable, great for you, all natural, and can be used for so many purposes! Several essential oils can be used for skin care. Remember that all essential oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil before use on skin. For every 1 ml of carrier oil, add 1 drop of essential oil of choice. Don’t forget to do a patch test on the skin on your inner arm to check for adverse reactions first!

If you have oily skin, acne, dermatitis or eczema look for essential oils that are balancing, astringent and antiseptic to help balance the pH. Consider using lemon, cedarwood, cypress, and juniper! If you choose lemon (which smells great!) be sure to also use sunblock as lemon essential oil can increase sun sensitivity.

For those with sensitive skin and dry skin, use essential oils like rose, lavender, neroli and geranium. These all smell lovely! Chamomile essential oil is a great choice for men with sensitive or dry skin due to the less floral aroma.

Mature skin requires cell growth stimulation. For wrinkles or mature skin, try frankincense, myrrh, clary sage, lavender and neroli. Frankincense, rose and neroli are great for wrinkle treatment.

To treat scars, herichrysum and neroli essential oils are best.

When purchasing essential oils, be sure that you are not purchasing fragrance oils (which are chemical compounds created in labs) and look for the specific label “essential oil (which is a plant based compound).” Essential oils can be used for many purposes, such as placing in a diffuser to lightly scent a room, or added to unscented dish soap or cleaning products for enhanced cleaning and scent. Be sure to check the essential oils to make sure you like the scent before you purchase.

Consider adding essential oils as a natural component to your healthy skin care regime.