How the Science of Aromatherapy can Change Your Life

Natália Costa
Jun 20 · 16 min read

Why Essential Oils are one of the keys for raising the world’s vibration

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Nikola Tesla

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is defined as the use of aroma or fragrance to promote physical and psychological health and wellbeing. The “aroma” must have a natural origin, usually from essential oils or concentrated aromatic liquids extracted from plants. Aromatherapy works only with scents derived from natural living sources, because synthetic scents possess “smell”, but they don’t have energy.

History

If you think this is some new age thing, you’re in for a surprise! The term Aromatherapy was not used until the 20th Century, but the usage of aromatic oils and botanicals has been around for thousands of years.

In the Bible both Myrrh and Frankincense are mentioned, amongst other herbs as special plants used for healing or spiritual practices. The practice of burning Incense with the purpose of creating harmony and balance has been used for the Chinese for over a thousand years. Crude distillation machines are associated with Persia and India. An archaeological discovery in 2005 with 4000 years old in Cyprus of a clay alembic still was tested and indicated the still was used to distill botanicals, including Rosemary and Lavender. [1]

The Ancient Egyptian Civilization used oils of Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove and Myrrh to embalm the dead, as indicated by traces of these herbs in the bodies when the tombs were opened. It is believed that Egyptians also used other oils and herbs for spiritual, medical and cosmetic usages. The term “perfume”, which comes from the Latin per fumum meaning “through the smoke”, may have originated during this period. [2]

The Greek Civilization also used plants for medical and aromatic purposes. The Roman Empire “inspired” this knowledge to implement the usage of plants as medical resources. Discorides wrote a book named De Materia Medica describing the properties of hundreds of plants and he practiced distillation to extract floral waters. [2]

Medieval Arab physicians noted the medicinal benefits of scents as they observed that perfumers and incense makers rarely suffered the ravages of cholera or other plagues that often swept through the Middle East. In the 11th Century, Avicenna invented a coiled cooling pipe which allowed the plant vapor to cool down more effectively than previous distillers. In the 13th century, the pharmaceutical industry was born and with it there was a major growth in distillation of essential oils. During the Black Death in the 14th century, it is believed that some perfumers were able to avoid the plague by their constant contact with natural aromatics. Herbal preparations were used during this period to help fight the malady. [3]

In the 15th century, essential oils as Frankincense, Rose, Sage and Rosemary were being produced. There were also some books about herbs and their benefits. The alchemist Paracelsus was credited with the term “Essence”. During the 16th and 17th century, perfumery became famous and it started to drift away from essential oils, which were possible to buy at apothecaries at the time. During the 19th century, some constituents of essential oils were isolated as the scientific studies and research evolved. Perfumery was huge then and women would ask jewelers to design bottles to hold their favorite fragrances. [3]

In the 20th century, as the knowledge of essential oils constituents evolved, it also became possible to create synthetic chemicals leading to what we know today as pills in modern medicine. This also allowed the creation of synthetic fragrances weakening the usage of essential oils for medical or aromatic purposes.

The French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé investigated essential oils for their medical advantages in the early 20th century, after accidentally healing his burning skin with Lavender essential oil. The term Aromatherapy is credited to Gatefossé from a 1928 article where he defends the usage of essential oils without breaking them down to their primary constituents. In 1937 he wrote one of the most famous book on this area Aromathérapie: Les Huiles essentielles hormones végétales. Jean Valnet used essential oils to treat injured soldiers and wrote The Practice of Aromatherapy. Madam Marguerite Maury was a biochemist who studied, practiced and taught the use of aromatherapy, especially for cosmetic purposes. Robert B. Tisserand wrote the highly famous The Art of Aromatherapy in 1977, the first book on the topic published in English.

From the end of the last century up until the first decades of the current one, there has been a mentality shift and people are looking for natural solutions again, both for health issues and for environmental reasons, therefore the usage of essential oils for therapeutic, cosmetic and aromatic benefits has increased. However, a lot of the essential oils in the market are adulterated which means their natural properties are not intact leading to a decrease in their efficacy and potency.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural aromatic extracts from plants including grasses, leaves, needles, flowers, twigs, peels of fruits, seeds, bark and roots. For example, Clary Sage comes from the flowers, Basil from the leaves, Cedarwood from the wood, Frankincense from the resin, Lemon from the rind and Anise from the seeds. These aromatic essential oil compounds are what the plant uses to repel attackers and attract pollinizers, basically for protection and to thrive, therefore botanists compare these secretions to the hormones secreted by animals. Herbs, the dried stems, roots or flowers, were compared with essential oils and it was found that the oils are many times more potent than the dried whole plant.

Essential oils are stored in plant material and they must be extracted to be released from the plant. The method of extraction is defined by the type of plant material. The most common extraction method is steam distillation which consists of placing the plants in a still and pressurized stem is forced through the plant material, the hot steam forces the aromatic compounds to escape from the plant. The steam must be very hot in order to release the essential oil. Then the steam with essential oil passes through a cooling system where the steam condenses into a liquid consisting of essential oil and water. Since the essential oil is lighter than the water, it will float to the top and then it can be separated from it. The resultant water of this process is called hydrosol or floral water and it also possesses a wide range of usages and benefits. Another method of extraction is expression, basically used for all the citrus oils since they don’t tolerate the heat. This method is also referred to as “cold pressed” and it consists of using mechanical pressure to release the oil. There is also the solvent extraction which consists of adding a chemical solvent to allow the aromatic essential oil compounds to be released from the plant in a way that it’s not as violent as the other extraction methods. [4]

Essential oils can be applied in the skin, ingested or used aromatically, depending on the plant and the situation. Previous knowledge and familiarization with essential oils should be present, before using them. Aromatherapy it’s just one of the ways how essential oils can impact our body and our life positively.

Aroma & Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a goal oriented psychotherapy treatment focused on practical behaviors with the goal to change thought patterns that are in the basis of those behaviors. Addictions, phobias, anxieties, depression, difficulty sleeping or relationship challenges are amongst the most common. The therapy works by changing people’s behaviors through bringing awareness (conscience) to thoughts and focusing on images and beliefs and in the way those affect attitudes (cognitive process).

This triangle reaches its pick in a 30 minute timeframe, meaning you have 30 minutes do detect the thought that may cause an issue, act upon it (replace it with another belief) and, therefore, avoid the emotion and behavior associated with it. And it works the other way around, it is possible to contribute to thoughts and emotions by implementing a behavior that will have a positive impact, like for example let’s say you’re on a diet and you decide to eat a banana instead of a cake, a while later you’ll be grateful you’ve made that choice and the related positive emotions and thoughts associated with that behavior will be rewarding. And if you implement that habit during one week, the overall result will be quite satisfactory.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy tends to be a short therapy, lasting less than a year, designed to help people confront their ineffective belief systems. During the session, the therapist challenges the person to understand how their cognition contributes to getting stuck in the problem and then new ways of thinking are introduced so that the person can change the experience. The therapist introduces the person to a set of principles that can be applied whenever in need — ultimately becoming a habit — that will last a lifetime.

“The brain works through association, which is why certain smells or sounds trigger powerful feelings or memories.” [5] Since Aromatherapy uses essential oils to enhance wellbeing or to treat emotional conditions through the stimulation of parts of the brain and the sense of smell directly affects our limbic system, it is a powerful tool to use to create a positive impact on physical, emotional, mental and even spiritual states.

The sense of smell can identify over a trillion different odors. The olfactory glands are capable of near-immediate interaction with the brain’s amygdala and hippocampus, where emotions and memory are placed. So as we inhale these molecules, they communicate to the brain receptors that control different tasks in our body such as blood pressure, heart rate, stress levels, sleeping patterns, energy levels, concentration, pleasure or motivation, which means that it is possible to treat a wide variety of symptoms with Aromatherapy from anxiety to hormone imbalance. Let’s take a look, for example, at the impact that aroma may have as an aphrodisiac:

“In scent studies performed at Toho University in Japan, Professor Shizuo Torii showed the impact of floral and herbal essential oils on the nervous system. Sexual arousal and response is controlled by the two parts of the nervous system: the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), which prepares us for physical action or emergencies, also called flight-or-fight system; and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which stimulates relaxation. For those who need to relax in order to get in the mood of sex, the PNS should be dominant, while those who need to be stimulated would do better by enhancing SNS. Professor Torii found that the PNS was stimulated by the scent of sandalwood, marjoram, lemon, chamomile, and bergamot. The SNS was increased by the scents of jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose, patchouli, peppermint, clove, and bois de rose. Aphrodisiacs need to be tailored to the individuals, not large groups.” [5]

This is demonstrative of the great impact that aromas have on the brain and how we can use that to our advantage.

Aroma & Energy

Anyone who practices Martial Arts, Qigong, Yoga or Intense Sports knows the importance of correct breathing for energy balance and for the intake of air as a source of bioenergy. The tissues in the body that assimilate the negative ion energy of Qi from air are located in the lining of the nasal cavities and sinuses. This is a natural consequence of breathing, which is why it is instructed to inhale through the nose in breathing exercises. Though the skin and the lungs also absorb Qi, the nose is the main tool to detect and extract the bionic energy carried in the air. Scent is Qi, it has bioactive properties detected by the nose. [6]

The sense of smell is a chemical sense because it detects chemicals in the environment. It is ten thousand times (10.000!) more sensitive than any other sense, meaning the recognition of smell is immediate. This is the only sensory system that involves the amygdala and the limbic system in its primary processing pathway explaining why olfactory sensations received are often linked to specific memories. I mean, who hasn’t smell something and immediately had a memory triggered? And the nose is sensitive enough to catch the specific fragrance while casually walking on the street.

So when we smell something, here’s what happens:

1 — Vaporized odor molecules floating in the air reach the nostrils and dissolve in the mucus lining of the olfactory epithelium on the roof of the nasal cavity where they stimulate the olfactory receptor cells;

2 — These olfactory receptor cells (also known as olfactory receptor neurons) detect the scent. These neurons are able to detect thousands of different odors. Olfactory sensory neurons carry the signals from the receptors to the olfactory bulb, which processes the signal;

3 — The information is transmitted to the olfactory bulbs, located in the back of the nose, and directly connected to the limbic system (emotion and memory) and to the neo-cortex (conscious thought). The limbic system is a network of structures linked within the central nervous system (connected to the amygdala), directly exposed to the environment through the sense of smell. These structures affect emotions, motivation and memory, dealing with automatic or instinctive behaviors. The limbic system also translates sensory data from the neo-cortex (conscious thought) into motivational forces or behavior. It is the mediator between a person’s recognition or perception of an event and the resulting physiological reaction to it (via the endocrine system).

Basically the fragrance enters the nostrils, stimulates the olfactory bulb, which sends electric impulses to the cortex and passes to the limbic system, in an energetic input from the environment into our organism. The limbic system evaluates the stimuli and formulates an adequate response, meaning if the stimulus reaching the limbic system is positive it creates a corresponding response, such as motivation, joy or concentration.

Every atom has a specific vibration or periodic motion. Each vibration has a frequency (number of oscillations per second), measured in Hertz. Plants (and animals) use enzymes to break down molecular components and each enzyme has a specific vibratory frequency. Natural aromas possess a concentrated charge of bioelectrical energy that imbues powerful therapeutic effects in all the cells, after entering the body through the lining of the nose. The vibrational frequency of an essential oil reflects the purity of the enzymes.

Aromatherapy uses essential oils to cure specific ailments by exposing aromas in volatile form to the olfactory nerves, which are directly linked to the brain and the meridians. As essence transforms into energy, when essential oils are diffused into the air, they release energy as fragrance and this energy is absorbed by the olfactory nerves.

“In 1960, the French medical journal L’Hôpital published an article on aromatherapy by Dr. K. Valent, in which he explains this mechanism: Carried by the bloodstream, the ionized plant aroma impregnates every corner of the body, powerfully revitalizes the polarized and discharged cells, replenishes electronic shortages by recharching the bioelectromagnetic batteries and disperses cellular residue by dissolving the viscous and diseased substances of body fluids. It oxidizes poisonous metabolic waste products, increases energy balance, frees the mechanism of organic oxidation and of self-regulation, and reaches the lungs and kidneys, whence it is excreted or exhaled without trace.” [7]

So, why is Aromatherapy one of the keys for raising the world’s vibration?

“Everything is energy and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you can not help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” Albert Einstein

Some studies indicate wide benefits of using Essential Oils, including the National Cancer Institute [8]. A study from the MIE University School of Medicine [9] observed that patients with depression needed smaller doses of antidepressant medications after being exposed to citrus aromas. Another study from the University of Vienna [10] also observed that the aroma of Orange Oil and Lavender Oil decreased the anxiety in female patients of a dental clinic. Other studies indicate that aromatherapy has no specific physiological effects like the one conducted at the Ohio State University [11] where Lemon oil improved mood, but neither that oil nor Lavender significantly changed pain, heart rate, blood pressure, wound healing or stress hormone levels.

One of the main explanations for mood improvements and reported pain reductions is the placebo effect. Contrary to what one may believe, both the placebo and the nocebo effect have a huge impact in our chemistry and in our genetic, as recent studies and research in neuroscience, epigenetics and quantum physics indicate [12, 13, 14, 15]. The conclusion, in fact, is that we are the placebo [15] and that what we believe dictates (or activates) our genes [13], not the other way around. This scientific research also indicates that it is possible to measure the energetic vibrational frequency not only of ourselves, but everything around us [16] and if we are exposed to a high vibrational energetic frequency, our body has no solution but to raise its vibration, thanks to the entrainment principle, which can be summarized as: two different vibrations can’t co-exist, so the higher frequency will raise the vibratory quality of the other frequency, and since the natural state of the body is health, the energetic response will be to accompany the high energetic levels that the organism is exposed to. [17]

Several studies indicate this fact, like the research conducted by Dr. Royal Rife in the 1930s with a machine called “frequency generator” that applied currents of specific frequencies to the body, which lead him to conclude that every disease has a specific frequency. This research demonstrated that certain frequencies can prevent the development of disease and that others can neutralize it. The frequency generator was tested with cancer patients at Pasadena County Hospital with a success rate of 100%. Yes: you read correctly! According to the records, the machine was a hit and big pharmaceutical companies wanted to buy it, however Dr. Rife didn’t want to sell it. His work ended up being ceased and the machine was destroyed.

Dr. Richard Gerber’s advice is that we change dysfunctional patterns in our energy bodies by administering therapeutic doses of “frequency-specific subtle energy in the form of vibrational medicines”, which can go from music to essential oils or specific foods. [18] Terry Friedman states that raising our vibrational frequency helps in “restoring health to the body, clarity to the mind and attunement to the spirit”. [19] Dr. Robert O. Becker explains how health can be determined by frequency levels in the human body. [20] The whole work of Dr. Hawkins was based in studying the frequency levels of emotions and corresponding emotional states [16, 17] and scientists like Dr. Bruce Lipton or Dr. Joe Dispenza are unanimous in considering the raise of vibrational energetic frequencies within the organism the key to health and wellness [13, 14, 15]. According to Dr. Björn Nordenström the human body has electropositive and electronegative energy fields, he conducted several research studies and experiments with cancer and he concluded in the early 80s that by putting an electrode inside a tumor with a milliamp of DC current through the electrode, he could dissolve a cancer tumor, stopping its growth. [21] Much earlier than this, Nikola Tesla had already stated that if we could eliminate certain external frequencies that interfere with the human body, we would attain greater resistance towards disease. [22]

We are continuously exposed to electrical devices that emit electromagnetic vibrational frequencies that are incoherent or chaotic, fracturing the human electrical field. We now know that these external frequencies are not only in electrical devices, pollutants or food, they are also in thoughts and feelings for they also possess a vibratory quality that forms a measurable frequency. [13, 14, 15, 16, 17] This also means that we can use both our internal and external environments to raise our frequency, according to the entrainment principle. This is the whole reason why certain tools (called vibrational medicines by Dr. Gerber [18]) such as essential oils have an effect in a human being’s electromagnetic frequency, because they possess a coherent frequency that resonates harmoniously with the electrical field of the human body (other examples may be crystals or certain sounds). They properly restore the harmonic resonance of the body, retuning it to its original frequency (dissolving incoherence or disease).

Since each essential oil has a specific frequency and each organ also has a specific frequency, the oil’s affinity enhances and supports each system within the body. Essential oils with higher frequencies have more influence upon emotions, oils with lower frequencies are more effective on physical support. Since essential oils don’t resonate with the toxins in the human body (as explained and described with the entrainment principle), this incompatibility naturally eliminates toxins from the organism (the same applies to negative emotions).

“Essential oils all emit a spectrum of frequencies that come from the bonds between elements comprising the molecules of their compounds. Each molecule is like a tiny stringed instrument where the bonds between the atoms of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen act as strings of different pitches, just as a guitar or a harp has several strings of different pitches each with harmonics and overtones of their own. So the next time you apply essential oils on yourself or others, think of it as composing and performing a rhapsody of music, to which the body, mind and soul can respond as you would in a fine concert.” [23]

Essential oils are a natural way to restore the organism’s healthy electromagnetic frequency, offering the key to raise the world’s vibration through the consistent practice of Aromatherapy.

References:

[1] — Reference 1: Harvest to Hydrosol Distill Your Own Exquisite Hydrosols at Home by Ann Harman

[2] — Reference 2: The Art of Aromatherapy by Robert B. Tisserand

[3] — Reference 3: The Essential Oils — Vol 1: History — Origin In Plants — Production — Analysis by Ernest Guenther, PhD

[4] — Reference 4: The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Aromatherapy by Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD

[5] — Reference 5: The Brain in Love by Dr. Daniel G. Amen

[6] — Reference 6: The Yellow Emperor

[7] — Reference 7: The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity by Daniel Reid

[8] — Reference 8: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/patient/aromatherapy-pdq?redirect=true

[9] — Reference 9: MIE School of Medicine Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8646568

[10] — Reference 10: University of Vienna Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16095639

[11] — Reference 11: Ohio State University Study:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18178322

[12] — Reference 12: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4804316/

[13] — Reference 13: The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton

[14] — Reference 14: Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza

[15] — Reference 15: You Are the Placebo by Joe Dispenza

[16] — Reference 16: Power vs Force by Dr. David R. Hawkins

[17] — Reference 17: Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by Dr. David R. Hawkins

[18] — Reference 18: Vibrational Medicine by Dr. Richard Gerber

[19] — Reference 19: Freedom Through Health by Terry Friedman

[20] — Reference 20: The Body Electric by Dr. Robert O. Becker

[21] — Reference 21: Biologically Closed Electric Circuits: Clinical, Experimental and Theoretical Evidence for an Additional Circulatory System by Dr. Björn Nordenström

[22] — Reference 22: The Problem of Increasing Human Energy with special references to the harnessing of the sun’s energy by Nikola Tesla (Century Illustrated Magazine, June 1900)

[23] — Reference 23: Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple: God’s Love Manifest in Molecules by Dr David Stewart