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The Aroma Reset Technique

Updated: Jan 1, 2020

By Dr. Benjamin Perkus

Smell connects directly to the emotional brain, and can be utilized to "reset" our emotions.

When we encounter a situation that seems overwhelming, confusing, or threatening, our emotions sometimes "lock up" and we lose our ability to know what is best for us, to think clearly, and to make good decisions.

Aroma Reset is a simple process to quickly release the negative thoughts and feelings that you have about a situation. By focusing on how it is affecting you, and smelling specific essential oils, you "reset" your brain to return to feelings of peace and wholeness, allowing you to gain clarity as your next step.

Step 1: Identify the situation. Think of a current situation that feels overwhelming, frustrating, or confusing. Once you can clearly picture it, go to the next step.

Step 2: Name the feeling. Find one word that describes how you feel when you picture the situation. Examples: Sad, hopeless, lonely, fearful, etc.

Step 3: Locate this feeling in your body. Examples: Heart, head, belly, etc. It could also be expressed in a bodily posture, such as slumping over or clenching your teeth.

Step 4: Identify the negative thought. How is the negative thought connected to the feeling? Examples: "I don't have enough time." "I don't have enough money," "I'm not smart enough." etc.

Step 5: Smell Essential Oils. Place one drop each of Lavender, Frankincense, and Stress Away (or an alternative equivalent to this oil) into your palms, and rub together. Inhale deeply while focusing on the situation, the feeling, the bodily situation, and the negative thought.

Notice what happens to your picture of the situation, and how you feel in your body and mind.

Step 6: Decie what is next. Now that something has shifted and you are not stuck anymore, you can either.

A. Get on with your day in a more relaxed, calm, and clear mood.

B. Use the Aroma Freedom Technique to clear out any issues that you became aware of during this process.

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