It also regulates the autonomic nervous system which governs your blood pressure, pulse, breathing, digestion, sweating, and arousal in response to emotional circumstances.
In many ways the hypothalamus acts like a regulator or thermostat, restoring equilibrium (homeostasis) when the body is out of balance.
Another way the hypothalamus takes control of your body is via its neural and chemical connection to the pituitary gland which in turn receives instructions to release hormones into the body that regulate metabolism and growth.
These two organs are key to the way that aromatherapy works.
This complex v-shaped structure sits on top of the brain stem and is made up of the hippocampus, amygdala, part of the thalamus and the hypothalamus and several regions of the cerebral cortex.
Perhaps the richest association concerning the first aromatic materials used for medicinal purpose are those surrounding the ancient Egyptian civilization.
Papyrus manuscripts, dating back to 2800 BC speaks of ‘fine oils and choice perfumes, and the incense of temples, where by every god is gladdened’.
When used in massage the aromatherapy essential oils have a therapeutic effect through both inhalation and absorption through the skin.
The molecules in the oil pass through the epidermis and into the blood stream.