Aromatherapy and Your Nose

April 24, 2020

Aromatherapy and Your Nose

The wonder of the human body never ceases to amaze. While earning my aromatherapy certification, I had the wonderful opportunity to focus on the body, how it functions and what that can mean in the realm of aromatherapy.

One such bodily function is chemoreceptors, which is the function of the nose.

The nose provides us with our sense of smell, or olfaction. There are olfactory cells that line the top of our nasal cavity that detect molecules in the air. As we breathe these molecules are brought into the nasal cavity which initiates a nerve impulse that is sent through cells and fibers up to our olfactory bulb and into our brain. 

Humans have 450 olfactory receptors within this system, which may have helped us survive in our primal years. The olfactory receptor recognizes a certain chemical feature of a molecule, but the brain assembles it by combining signals from multiple receptors to enables us to know what we are smelling.

What this means for aromatherapy is:

  • The reaction to a scent is very personal. It is based upon the functions our brain which invokes memories directly tied to that scent.
  • The emotional response to an essential oil or a blend, is immediate when inhaled through the nose.


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