I’ll admit the title sounds a little odd, but what we are talking about here is aromatherapy.  While aromatherapy has been pushed aside by mainstream medical practitioners, it turns out that there has been quite a bit of research done over the years about the effects of smell on the brain and on moods.  Thinking about it though, how many times have you had a strong reaction to a scent, whether it’s your favorite perfume or that spoiled tuna in the fridge.  How many times was that reaction almost visceral and uncontrolled?

It turns out there is a reason that reactions to smell can be almost instantaneous. It turns out that smells are processed on the right side of the brain and in the right side of the brain is the side that controls emotion.  This is why smell can have such a strong impact on the panic attack sufferer.  Different odors can produce different reactions so it is smart if panic attack sufferer surrounds himself with odors that are soothing and comforting.  It is interesting to note that researchers have found that people who lose their sense of smell are more prone to feelings of panic and anxiety.

While pleasing and calming smells are often determined by personal and cultural factors, there are some sense that aren’t generally pleasing across the board. Since that remind a person of home for childhood experiences such as a mother’s perfume are generally calming call up pleasing memories. Favorite foods also tend to bring up pleasant memories as well. In addition to the scents, researchers have discovered that frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh, and chamomile are good for feelings of stress and nervous tension.

While having pleasing scents in your environment is good, they must be applied properly for maximum benefit. It is far more likely that a negative reaction will be experienced if a bottle of sandalwood is uncorked and inhaled then if it is applied properly. Aromatherapy is best experienced in short sessions so that you do not become custom to the aroma. The essential oils used in aromatherapy are best applied through one of these or benefits, room dispersal, bathwater, massage, or inhalation of a few drops placed a sachet or handkerchief.

Aromatherapy will not bring immediate stability and should be used over a long period of time, weeks or months to feelings of anxiety can decrease noticeably within a few minutes of inhalation. Like most non-medicine forms of panic relief, aromatherapy is best used in conjunction with other forms of relief and is best implemented before a panic attack starts. That being said, since the sense of smell is so powerful don’t be afraid to seek some relief through a favorite smell in a panic attack is occurring.

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