Essential oils stimulate your limbic system, the part of your brain that is involved in your memory, mood, motivation, and behavior. Scientific research shows that the purest essential oils are powerful plant medicines.
Today, many people are diagnosed with ADHD, depression, and anxiety and sleep disorders. In 2013, a survey on medical expenses found that 1 in 6 Americans take medication for psychiatric disorders daily. As a result, 90,000 adults and many more children are taken to the emergency room each year in connection with the side effects of this medication, such as increases in depressive and anxiety symptoms, sudden cognitive impairments (fibromyalgia), confusion, palpitations, dizziness, muscle cramps, strokes, tics, and psychoses.
Despite these side effects and all the warning labels, such as those for increased risk of suicide, most people continue to take the pills. It is time we addressed the underlying cause of these emotional problems, such as a poor diet, trauma, gut problems, toxicity, and vitamin deficiencies. It is also important to recognize the power of herbal medicines. Therefore, below is a look at the healing benefits of essential oils.
“Nature itself is the best doctor.” – Hippocrates
It’s not pseudoscience
Essential oils stimulate the limbic system, the part of your brain that is involved in your memory, mood, motivation, and behavior. Scientific research shows that the purest essential oils are powerful plant medicines, which can be used for all kinds of emotional well-being problems, such as depression.
According to the American Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, one speaks of an essential oil when the oil of a plant is carefully extracted through steam distillation, resin extraction and cold pressing. Essential oils can be extracted from many parts of a plant, such as the plant’s flower, bark, stem, root, and fruit.
15 essential oils for healthy brains
Bergamot: for an increased sense of joy and more energy.
Caraway: calming effect, stimulates positive thoughts, energy, and harmony.
Chamomile: relaxing, calms the nerves, improves sleep.
Sage: improves your mood, reduces stress, gives a safe feeling.
Fennel: increases motivation and self-confidence.
Olibanum: removes negative feelings and stimulates focus and rest.
Lavender: helps to calm down, improves your mood and helps against insomnia. There is increasing evidence suggesting that lavender oil is an effective medicine in the treatment of multiple neurological disorders.
Orange and mandarin: boost your sense of joy, alertness, and calmness.
Peppermint: improves your mood and focus, and reduces headaches.
Peppermint: increases mental clarity and induces a sense of calm.
Thyme: relaxes body and mind, overcomes depression and boosts your mood and memory.
Vanilla: effective in obsessive-compulsive disorders and depression.
Vetiver: lowers stress, sleep-inducing, improves patience, boosts concentration and emotional balance.
Ylang Ylang: improves mood and energy level, reduces anxiety.
Safe use of essential oils
Use high quality: it is best to use organic oils from recognized brands or from our own soil. Pure, organic and authentic oils reduce the risk of negative reactions.
Dilute certain oils: If an oil is rich in aldehyde (such as citronella or citral) and phenols (such as cinnamaldehyde or eugenol) should always be used through a carrier oil, such as almond, coconut or avocado. By mixing irritating oils with other oils, you also reduce the chance of negative reactions.
Application: Most essential oils can be applied to your skin or sprayed without any risk. Some essential oils can even be taken, but only after advice from a qualified herbalist. Also remember that everyone reacts differently. Most oil blends in aromatherapy are diluted to 1-5 percent, which typically poses no risk to health. As you increase the percentage, the chance of reactions from your skin also increases, depending on the specific essential oil you use and the place where you apply the oil. Someone may be sensitive to a particular essential oil, as you may be sensitive to certain foods. So make sure you always take the right precautions.
Everyone is different:
a specific oil will be relaxing for one, while for the other it will do just the opposite. We must remember that we are all biological individuals. People with specific allergies to ragweed and other plants should be more careful about certain reactions of oils.
Age is a factor:
babies and young children may be more sensitive to the power of essential oils. Therefore, it is better not to use certain oils, dilute them very much or use them only under the guidance of a professional. To avoid negative reactions, it is recommended to apply diluted oils to the soles of the feet of young children.
Be especially careful with potentially toxic essential oils, such as those of birch and wintergreen, which have a high content of methylsalicylic acid; eucalyptus that contains a lot of 1,8-cineole; and peppermint, which contains a lot of menthol. Older clients may have more sensitive skin, so use a reduced concentration/dilution in that case.
There are other methods and interventions that can help treat conditions that doctors only prescribe medications for. Essential oils are one of many options and are a good example of how we should all delve deeper, rather than relying solely on the so-called ‘experts’.