The first place I am pulling information from is the Essential Oil Desk Reference. There will be a link to more resources in this course, so hang tight! If you have your EODR, use it, if you do not, follow along (and also consider getting your own, our team does bulk buys regularly so check the FB group).
We are using information from Chapter 16 from the EODR, 7th Ed, starting at page 307.
The EODR Chapter 16 “Essential Oils: Spiritual, Mental, and Emotional” begins with research on Frankincense… a study in 2008 discovered we are “apparently “hardwired” to have feelings of peace, awe, and reverence when using frankincense.” Are you surprised that nearly every oil in the Feelings Kit has Frankincense in it? Pretty interesting!
Today we live in a society of emotional turmoil. More and more evidence is accumulating that our emotional health can have a profound effect on our physical health. More than ever before, researchers are probing the impact that emotional states have on the physical condition of the body. Scientists have discovered that the limbic system of the brain plays a vital role in interpreting and channeling intense experiences, particularly memories of fear or trauma. These two parts of the limbic system that play a major role in emotional processing – the amygdala and the hippocampus, are located within less than an inch of the olfactory nerve. This gives you an idea of how closely linked the sense of smell is to emotion and memory.
Many doctors are recognizing the possibility that a number of diseases are caused by emotional problems that link back to infancy and childhood – and perhaps even to the room. These emotional problems can compromise body systems and even genetic structuring through a process that creates the equivalent of a molecular “memory” in key organs and structures of the body.
“The idea that memories and traumas can be embedded in the brain is not new, but scientists are now saying that these brain imprints may extend throughout the body. Well-known author and Georgetown University research professor Candace Pert states, “repressed trauma is caused by overwhelming emotion can be stored in a body part, thereafter affecting our inability to feel that part or even move it.”
The book “Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils,” by Carolyn Mein, helps to explain how essential oils can help release emotions.
On page 5 she discusses this in depth…
“Have you ever noticed how smells, like bread baking, can send you back to a childhood memory and all the feelings associated with your favorite grandmother? Smell accesses the limbic system of the brain which is the seat of our emotions. Ancient Egyptians used Essential oils to clear specific emotions and recorded them on the walls of certain temple healing chambers.
“Sesquiterpenes, found in high levels of essential oils such as Frankincense and Sandalwood, help to increase the oxygen in the limbic system of the brain which in turn “unlocks” the DNA and allows emotional baggage to be released from cellular memory. Emotions have been found to be encoded within the DNA of the cells and passed on from generation to generation. Emotional behavior patterns have even been found to be “locked” within families. Transplant recipients report strange memories and desires which further substantiates that emotions are stored in the body and encoded in the DNA of cells. More recently, studies at New York University provided the amygdala gland (the gland in the limbic system of the brain that stores and releases trauma in the body) does not respond to sound or sight or touch, but ONLY releases emotional trauma through the sense of smell.
“Emotions themselves are stored in the body and its organs, glands, and systems. Feelings are taken in through that chakras, or energy centers along the midline of the body, and then fed into the meridian system, which consists of energy channels that run over and through the body. Since each organ has a vibrational frequency, as do emotions, the emotions will settle in an area with the corresponding frequency. Disease occurs when the body’s vibrational frequency drops below a certain point. Essential oils can raise the body’s frequency, and therapeutic grade (medicinal quality) oils are able to do this because they vibrate at a high frequency entrance for that frequency to the body.
“Essential oils have been used throughout the ages for healing, and the Bible contains 188 references to them. For example, Frankincense, Myrrh, Rosemary, Hyssop, and Spikenard were oils used for anointing and healing the sick in Biblical times. One of the oldest healing modalities known, acupuncture, uses emotions associated with, and stored in, the major organs to diagnose disease.”