Smell and your brain

Emotion and memory can be triggered by simple sensory. Unfortunately, smells can also be potent triggers of negative emotions, particularly in individuals with PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. Our sense of smell is inherently tied to our limbic system.  More specifically, our olfactory receptors have strong input into the amygdala. An Oxygen Bar session can delivery aroma through a nose cannula along with the oxygen and provide a sense of well-being, this is the time of year it can be especially beneficial.

Lemon. This scent promotes concentration and has calming and clarifying properties that are helpful when you’re feeling angry, anxious or run down. Lemon also has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can help fight sore throats and colds by boosting the body’s immune system and improving circulation.

Lavender. This essential oil has calming properties that help control emotional stress. Lavender has a soothing effect on nerves and can relieve nervous tension and depression as well as treat headaches and migraines.

Jasmine. Like lavender, jasmine it is also used to calm nerves, but this oil is also commonly used as an anti-depressant because of its uplifting capabilities that produce a feeling of confidence, optimism and revitalized energy.

Rosemary. In addition to improving memory retention, rosemary has stimulating properties that fight physical exhaustion, headaches and mental fatigue.

Essential oils have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and using them in an environment where there are a lot of people can help a great deal. The oils themselves can be found anywhere online or at your nearest health food store.

If you have any interest in an Oxygen Bar session or would like to have an event at your office, please call 754.444.9719

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