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Aeroscena: The Science of Scent

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

Aeroscena® was founded 6 years ago with the purpose of exploring the science behind aromatherapy and legitimizing its use in the most demanding environments. Essential oils, for inhalation or otherwise, have been neglected by the traditional medical establishment and generally unregulated by the FDA. We hoped to prosper by applying clinical rigor to this promising class of new therapies, but the lack of regulatory guidelines gave us virtually no framework from which to work. So we did it ourselves.In collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, we have worked to create a set of standards for essential oils, with the...

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Scent Research

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

Scent research has given us some amazing information about how humans process and respond to olfactory stimulation, especially as it relates to emotions. Consider the following, taken from The Smell Report, a publication of the Social Issues Research Centre in Oxford, England: Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to the limbic system, the most ancient and primitive part of the brain, which is thought to be the seat of emotion. Smell sensations are relayed to the cortex, where ‘cognitive’ recognition occurs, only after the deepest parts of our brains have been stimulated. Thus, by the time we correctly name a particular...

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