The human gut is a crowded neighbourhood – if you’re a micro-organism, that is. There are 500 species of bacteria resident in the adult gastrointestinal tract, mostly in the large bowel.
Not only do they live there in peaceful coexistence with us, they may actually help – keeping out disease-causing bacteria, keeping our immune system healthy and maintaining the lining of the bowel.
But under some circumstances, the normal mix of these microbes gets disrupted.
It might be because of foreign organisms in our bowel, such as bacteria from contaminated water, or viruses spread from person to person or hand to mouth. Or some of the normal micro-organisms may be killed by broad-spectrum antibiotics taken for a range of common infections.
Aromatherapy is the use of plants, oils and other aromatic chemicals to cause a person’s mood to change.The right scents can change your mood and put you in the right mood, such as the smell of roses, the smell of the ocean or the smell of fresh baked pies or cakes.
Essential oils are mood elevating. Essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects on our moods. Science is catching up with what aromatherapists have been saying for years; aromas can change and alter your mood. Aromatherapy oils themselves can bring about changes in emotional behaviour on a subtle level by creating changes in moods on a subliminal level. Through our sense of smell we can influence our moods.