When we inhale the fragrance of a flower ...odour molecules race up our nose & trigger electrical impulses in The olfactory bulb situated at the base of our brain.
The olfactory bulb starts transmitting impulses to the amygdala ... The part of the brain responsible for storing & releasing memories as well as emotional trauma. This is, in part, how our intricate limbic system works.
Ancient civilisations have long recognised the power odours have to elevate mood, calm anxiety & improve mental function & stimulate sexual arousal.
Euphoric odours such as jasmine & grapefruit, stimulate the thalamus to release neuro-chemicals called enkephalins, which induce feelings of well-being & euphoria & relieve pain.
Then there are aphrodisiacs such as ylang ylang, jasmine, patchouli & clary sage which stimulate the pituitary gland to secrete endorphins which induce euphoria, sexual arousal and dull pain, relieving emotional coldness, shyness, impotence & frigidity.
Rosewood & frankincense help regulate & balance body functions and have a stabilising effect on the psyche.