Well, to put it lightly, it’s science.
Science of the mind, that is. According to Amy Galloper, a board-certified aromatherapist and founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies, “Our sense of smell can have a profound effect on our mind. When we smell something, the aromatic molecules trigger an electrical impulse that then sends a signal to the part of our brain called the limbic system, which is responsible for our ability to learn and remember, our behaviour, conscious and unconscious, and is also responsible for manufacturing the enzymes and proteins that make up our hormones, which regulate and control all the actions in our body.”
This month’s feature oil blend, InTune, is a blend of Frankincense, Hawaiian Sandalwood, and Lime to assist with clarity and focus as well as Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, and Roman Chamomile to help calm and soothe.
Damian Rodriquez, doTerra’s health and exercise scientist, states, “Each essential oil has a unique chemical profile, which means it comes with its own potential benefits. When using essential oils to promote focus, you’ll want to look for oils that have calming and balancing properties, such as vetiver or basil, or energizing properties, like spearmint or grapefruit.”
To reap those focus-inducing benefits, you’ve got a few options: You can use the blend in a diffuser to disperse the scent throughout your room or office, or try a few drops on a cotton ball or the outside of your hand to inhale when you feel your mind drifting.