Who knows what the amygdala is? I remembered the word from long-ago chemistry courses in college, but. . . yeah, Google is my friend. Here’s the definition from dictionary. com:

amygdala [uh-mig-duh-luh ] noun
plural [uh-mig-duh-lae] Anatomy.

(1) an almond-shaped part, as a tonsil.
(2) a ganglion of the limbic system adjoining the temporal lobe of the brain and involved in emotions of fear and aggression.

Now we know what it is. So how can this knowledge help you? Listen to David Stewart, Ph.D. in his book “Healing Oils of the Bible,” page 24.

“One of the most powerful healing aspects of essential oils is their ability to penetrate the so called ‘Blood-Brain Barrier.’ When you breathe oil molecules into the back passages of your nose, they go straight to the brain in a central part called the amygdala (or diencepahlon). This is the central headquarters of the limbic system, which manages your storage and filing system for all your emotional experiences. That part of the brain does not understand words and cannot be communicated to with spoken or written language. It responds only to smell. Hence, essential oils provide a powerful means to contact that non-verbal portion of our brains that stores our feelings and emotions.

“This is why when you smell apple pie, for example, you may find yourself back in your grandmother’s kitchen as a little child. That is why the smell of Frankincense brings a Catholic back to the sanctuary where they went to church and inhaled that fragrance on many Sundays.”

See it in the diagram? It’s sort of a straight line from your nostril to the amygdala. And that’s how it works. Zoom! Straight in. As an example, I use Peppermint Essential Oil as a wake-up call. My bottle of Peppermint is on my nightstand. If I have trouble waking up, I take a big ‘ole sniff. Boom, shakalaka! I’m awake. If I wake up in the middle of the night coughing, I take a big sniff. Doesn’t have to be the scent of peppermint either. Another favorite of mine is Orange. LOVE IT!!! Try sniffing different oils and see how they make you feel. You’ll find your favorites soon enough. <3

BTW going back to Peppermint, it’s also good for chest congestion, digestion and a whole host of other things, according to the “Essential Oils Pocket Reference, 8th Edition.” {NOTE: Peppermint is a cool smell, but it is a HOT oil, meaning it can burn or irritate sensitive skin. You should dilute it 1:4 with a carrier oil before applying until you know how it affects you. And you should always test a new oil on the soles of your feet before applying it elsewhere.}

(DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical or scientific professional and what’s written here is not intended to take the place of professional medical advice. Effects described in this post are my story. It may not have the same effect for you.)