Essential oils have been used for centuries but for some reason so many people think it’s a new fad that will come and go. Essential oils are here to stay y’all! But what the heck do they do? And do they actually work? The quick answer to that is yes and no. If you are using the highest quality of oils and ones that have passed stringent purity tests then yes they work. If you’re picking up your oils at the grocery store put them back on the shelf. They are full of fillers and can actually do much more harm than good so stay away!

The reason why purity matters with essential oils is because…

It’s too important to gamble on what you’re putting in and on your body. Young Living has a Chief Science Officer whose job it is to oversee industry-leading analytical laboratories where scientists test the purity and potency of their oils, as well as dive into research about the effects and benefits of these plant-based powerhouses. Last year the Institute partnered with some of the world’s leading research institutes to conduct over 50 studies to ensure that their products do what they claim they do. Throw in a partnership with the Monell Center, where world-renowned scientists research the science of taste and smell, and they’ve got serious research in spades.

Understanding how essential oils interact with your body is empowering so let’s talk…

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…receptors for a minute.

Receptors are proteins that specifically bind with different types of molecules to facilitate chemical communication within our bodies. You have millions of receptors on your body, but let’s focus on your sensory and thermoreceptors because they’re the ones involved in touch, taste, and smell.

When compounds in essential oils bind to receptors, they trigger specific effects in our bodies depending on the oil’s constituents and how you’ve applied it—topically, aromatically, or internally.

Of all the senses, essential oils affect your sense of smell the most. In true science style, let’s dive a little deeper and find out if the nose really knows.

According to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Informationthe sense of smell is one of the first senses humans developed. From the beginning, humans have used their olfactory sense—The fancy way for science to just say: a sense of smell—to identify food, potential mating partners, dangers, enemies, and more. For most living creatures, smell is a key way we interact with our environment.

So how many receptors are dedicated to the olfactory sense? I thought you’d never ask. You’ll find a whopping 100 million or more receptors packed into an area about 2.5 square centimeters! No wonder essential oils are so good at stirring certain emotions or specific memories—you have all those olfactory receptors just waiting to send signals to your brain! Tune in for the rest of this article next week! In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about essential oils be sure and send a message over to our sister site The Drops of Joy or to start your monthly wellness box from Young Living just click here!