Over the past few years, we have researched and tested the effects of various essential oils when used with B.E.S.T., looking to see how they could enhance and help maintain the results of each treatment. Since humans and animals are carbon-based just like plants, extracted essential oils are compatible and highly beneficial in the promotion of physical, mental and emotional health. The results we’ve seen in treating people and animals with the addition of these essential oils are amazing!
Treasured for their enhancement of beauty, flavor and health, essential oils have been used by many different cultures for well over a thousand years…nothing new here! They are extracted volatile, aromatic compounds found in the leaves, flowers, bark, stems, roots, resin, and seeds of plants or the pith of citrus fruits, and they are produced by one of two primary methods of extraction, steam-distillation or cold pressing. And, when this is done correctly, the end product is a therapeutic-grade essential oil that harnesses the maximum potency and health benefits. However, be aware there are essential oils, which are of a low quality because they have been extracted through chemical processes or with solvents to increase yield and profit.
In having an understanding of B.E.S.T., we know there is a significant connection between emotional and physical health. We know the body releases various chemicals in response to emotions. By examining this on a cellular level, you see that embedded in the surface of the cell membrane are protein molecules known as receptors. These receptors face outward and continuously scan for, communicate with, and solicit needed chemicals that exist outside the cell. These solicited chemicals attach to receptors, distribute information, and produce biochemical responses within the cell to adapt to environment and stimuli. The binding chemical, called a ligand, is classified as a messenger molecule, because it sends information to cells that will influence the cell’s development and function. There are two types of ligands: endogenous and exogenous. Endogenous ligands, such as serotonin, are produced in the body and can have an impact on emotions. Exogenous ligands are substances that are introduced into the body and have a similar effect. They, too, are messenger molecules. Aromas serve as exogenous ligands. They are received via olfactory receptors, which are highly concentrated in the limbic system, the primitive part of the brain and seat of emotion. In the center lies the amygdala, which instantly receives the incoming scent information before other high brain centers. By the time the information reaches our “thinking” and decision-making cortex and we actually figure out what we smelled, the scent has already triggered emotional and body chemistry responses.
So, our sense of smell exerts a powerful influence over our thoughts, emotions, moods, memories, and behaviors. Therefore, it can be used beneficially in healing efforts. Scents are experienced long before words. Whether for relieving stress, stabilizing mood, improving sleep, eliminating pain, relieving nausea, or improving memory and energy levels, scents can actually change nervous system biochemistry.