Written by Connie Rogers
One of the greatest fears of the aging population is forgetfulness, brain fog, and losing our mind. Toxic exposures from indoor and outdoor pollution can leave us with long term adverse health effects by targeting our central nervous system, endocrine system, and digestive system creating inflammation in both mind and body. Inhaling and absorbing pollution from endocrine-disrupting chemicals can leave us with headaches, stomach pains, and can negatively affect our memory and sex hormones, seriously putting our creativity on procrastination mode.
Organic and wildcrafted essential oils can help us fight toxic intruders mentally, physically, and emotionally, by promoting a healing effect. By this I mean, they have therapeutic values that can improve our health, mood, stress levels, and concentration levels. They have a profound impact on keeping the mind alert and focused. Specifically speaking, Frankincense, Spikenard, and Myrrh Essential Oils contain Sesquiterpene molecules that can cross the blood-brain barrier, increasing oxygenation of the blood to the brain. Just smelling these essential oils can help to increase creativity, and increase cognitive function. Other benefits from Sesquiterpenes are they can erase miswritten codes in our DNA.
Essential oils are often called liquid sunshine from Mother Earth, but I call them superfoods for the Limbic System. (our emotional brain). They connect to the parts of the brain that control breathing, memory, and hormonal balance. They have been used for over 6,000 years. They contain chemical constituents, frequencies, and properties, to boost immunity and energy, balance fatigue, and rejuvenate our brain with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Holistic practitioners know inflammation is the root cause of most chronic illnesses, and organic essential oils can help relieve these symptoms. Studies show essential oils possess potent anti-inflammatory properties. Peppermint Essential Oil is one oil that fights inflammation and is also an antibacterial oil. Peppermint Essential Oil improves mood, alertness, and gastrointestinal ailments. Ginger Essential Oil fights inflammation in our joints and even in our digestive tract, helping relieve nausea and indigestion. It also provides anti-cancerous effects. The antimicrobial potency of Essential Oils against respiratory tract pathogens has been well known for ages. Marjoram, Clary Sage, and Anise Essential Oils are said to be the most effective against fighting off respiratory infections and influenza. To boost immunity around flu season, I personally diffuse Lemon and Eucalyptus Essential Oils around the house.
According to India’s Department of Microbiology and their Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, essential oils fight against oral pathogens. Oral health is critical for brain health. I use one drop Clove Essential Oil on my toothbrush for oral health, which proves to have anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Because the aroma of essential oils triggers physiological and psychological responses, they can lift our moods, and aid in fighting mild to moderate depression. Using essential oils in massage therapy and/or inhalation of essential oils has proven to be an effective therapeutic option for the relief of depressive symptoms. Sandalwood, Bergamot, and Basil Essential Oils are said to have a soothing effect that relaxes the nervous system and clears depressed energy. Rose Essential Oil can also prove beneficial to decrease stress, headaches, and depression.
Essential oils assist in lowering anxiety and even affect the REM cycle. Just diffusing a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil improves cognitive performance, mood, sustained concentration in performance of working memory, and improved reaction times for both memory and attention. In fact, you may notice fewer errors in your daily tasks using Lavender Essential Oil. Lavender Essential Oil also helps reduce anxiety. Bergamot Essential Oil acts as a relaxant and can lift moods.
For anxiety, I combine both Roman Chamomile and Lavender Essential Oils by inhalation or lightly massaging these oils on my feet. The fragrance is carried directly to the brain and serves as a positive emotional trigger. Inhaling is one of the best ways to utilize essential oils for anxiety. A 2013 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found an essential oil blend of Lavender, Roman Chamomile, and Neroli Essential Oils reduced anxiety levels, PMS, and more.
In the U.S. we have hundreds of imitation toxic scents flooding the market, posing as essential oils. This is why we need to bring awareness to obtain and enjoy those active chemical continuants, (the highest frequencies) found in organic essential oils. We need to watch for impostures as inferior essential oils should never be used. You’ll discover therapeutic qualities only from organic, first distillation, wildcrafted essential oils. The higher frequency essential oils mean they will resonate with our own body’s frequency.