“The act of smelling something, anything, is remarkably like the act of thinking. Immediately at the moment of perception, you can feel the mind going to work, sending the odor around from place to place, setting off complex repertories through the brain, polling one center after another for signs of recognition, for old memories and old connection.” - LEWIS THOMAS
In 2004 the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to two US researchers who had identified proteins that transform biochemical reactions into something the brain can understand: the memory and recognition of thousands of different smells.
Professor Richard Axel of Columbia University in New York City and Professor Linda Buck, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have identified and described the large family of genes (over 1000, approximately 2.5% of the genome) instructed to the production of proteins that function as receptors of smell. These receptors, located at the level of the olfactory mucosa, which lines a small portion of the highest surface of the nose, are the ones that identify odorous molecules which we inhale.
The word "aroma" means pleasant fragrance, and Aromachology indicates the stimulus for the mental and emotional well-being. The fragrances in question are essential oils extracted from plants, flowers and fruits. Even the ancient Egyptians (4000 years ago) used aromatic oils in religious and therapeutic purposes.
How does the Aromachology work?
Essential oils penetrate the body by inhalation, then they are sent limbic system of the brain, and drill a direct effect on the emotions.
Properties of different essential oils
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