Olfactory System, Essential Oils & Hypnosis

The smell of bread baking. The fragrance of a rose. Coffee brewing in the morning. The first rain after a drought. Have you ever experienced smelling a certain aroma and suddenly were overwhelmed with a strong memory related to the particular aroma?  We all have positive and negative memories connected to smell. The memories that are connected to a scent can be so strong that we are practically transported back in time, over years and decades, to the event that the connection was first made. This time travel is a form of trance; a state of mind where our subconscious dominates and we become less attuned to what is going on around us as we relive the memory.

Our long term memory stores odor information and has strong connections to emotional memory. This is possibly due to the olfactory system’s close anatomical ties to the limbic system and hippocampus, areas of the brain that have long been known to be involved in memories relating to emotion and place.


Using hypnosis and essential oils simultaneously can offer multiple access points to the subconscious and certain aromas can be used to enhance certain feelings. This occurs because the subconscious doesn’t distinguish between what is real and what is imagined. For example, the smell of peppermint essential oil, a natural appetite suppressant, can be associated with feelings of satiety.

The effects of smell are even stronger when the association is made under hypnosis. It is during hypnosis that the subconscious enters a state of heightened suggestibility where it is receptive to the logic and reasoning of the conscious mind.

IN hypnosis SESSIONs and classes

Essential oils are sometimes used during hypnosis sessions and classes. For clients wishing to use essential oils outside of their hypnosis sessions or classes, care should be taken to obtain only therapeutic grade, pure essential oils. New View Hypnosis uses Young Living Essential Oils.