Trauma and the sense of smell
Trauma is a difficult thing to heal. It can be triggered by memories, people, and even smells. When we smell something, it goes straight to our limbic system which is the emotional center of our brain. This is why certain smells can bring back memories, good and bad. 

Smells can also affect our mood. Research has shown that certain essential oils can help improve our mood and make us feel more relaxed. This is because when we smell these oils, they interact with the amygdala which is the part of the brain that controls our fight or flight response. 

The Fight or Flight Response
When we smell something, it goes through the olfactory bulb which is connected to the amygdala. The amygdala is responsible for our fight or flight response. This is the survival mechanism that helped our ancestors avoid being eaten by predators. Nowadays, we don't have to worry about being eaten by a tiger, but this survival mechanism is still hardwired into our brains. 

The problem is that sometimes this survival mechanism gets triggered when there is no real threat. For example, if you were in a car accident, the smell of gasoline might trigger your fight or flight response even though you are not in danger. This can be very debilitating and make it hard to live a normal life. 

The Link Between Smell and Memory
The link between smell and memory is due to the fact that the olfactory system—the part of the brain responsible for processing smells—is located close to the limbic system, which is responsible for emotion and memory. This proximity means that smells have a direct connection to the emotions we feel and the memories we store.

Because of this connection, certain smells can trigger a traumatic memory, which can be overwhelming and even debilitating. However, scent can also be used to heal trauma by helping to process and release those traumatic memories. When used in conjunction with other therapies, such as talk therapy, specific memory release protocols, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), scent can be a powerful tool in healing trauma.

How Essential Oils Can Help
Young Living's Feelings Kit is one way that essential oils can be used to help heal trauma. This kit includes six different essential oils—Forgiveness, Inner Child, Present Time, Release, Valor, and Harmony—which can be used individually or blended together to create a custom scent. There is also a protocol for how to use each oil for maximum benefit.  I have walked through the step by step process many times and it has been vey beneficial in helping to releasepast trauma.

There are many people who have been through trauma and come out the other side. And there are many tools available to help you heal, including essential oils. If you are struggling with trauma, know that you are not alone. There are many people who have been through similar experiences and have found healing through essential oils. The Young Living Feelings Kit is one option that can help you release past trauma and move on with your life. Give it a try today!  If you're interested in exploring this option further, please reach out to me and I'll be happy to chat with you about it further.

*Please consult a medical professional for severe trauma.  
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