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Welcome to Shaman Oils! As a certified Aromatherapist, I have been using essential oils in my healing practice for 10 years. I have loved plants and their powerful gifts since I smelled my first gardenia in my grandmother’s backyard. I have studied in the US and abroad, in India, being very grateful for the opportunity to broaden my knowledge and experience with these pure and powerful gifts of nature.

I firmly believe in the power of natural healing. Aromatherapy continues to be one of the fastest growing complementary healthcare modalities while it is also the least understood among mainstream healthcare practitioners. Aromatherapy can be used to heal skin ulcers, reduce anxiety and to reduce the impact of stress on the body. Its benefits are vast and this blog will give me the opportunity to share what I’ve learned about the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.

Take some time to read the interesting history of aromatherapy on our site. History of Aromatherapy

Research has shown that aromas can produce a wide range of effects that can greatly benefit to the emotional and psychological conditions and physical health. What I’ve always found most interesting is our sense of smell and why aromas can bring us back into our farthest memories and emotions. Olfactory aromatherapy is defined as the therapeutic use of the sense of smell and the aromas of essential oils to enhance mind/body/spirit well-being.

The science behind why sense of smell has such memory evoking effects is because odors get routed through the olfactory bulb, which serves as the first site of odor recognition before it’s passed on. The olfactory bulb is closely connected to the amygdala and the hippocampus, which handle memory and emotion. Visual, auditory and touch don’t pass through these brain areas.

Here are some interesting facts about our sense of smell: 

  • Olfactory nerve cells regenerate every 30 to 60 days, which shows their importance in our body.
  • Science Magazine reports that humans can detect about one trillion smells.
  • Smell is our first primary defense mechanism. We feel pain at .9 seconds but smell is quicker at .5 seconds, auditory stimuli reaction is .15 seconds. The sense of smell is highly underestimated!

Thank you for allowing me to share my passion for aromatherapy and essential oils. Please check back in as we explore deeper into some specific oils and their benefits as well as how we can incorporate them into our lives. 

About the Author: Cathy received her Aromatherapy certification from The New York Institute of Aromatherapy and further studies with the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Cathy is a Thai massage therapist and yoga instructor where she is able to incorporate the essential oil’s healing properties in a multimodality experience. She creates custom blends for her clients that promote well-being within the delicate balance of body, mind and soul.