Our sense of smell is the only sense that is directly tied to the limbic area of
the brain, which is considered the emotional control center. And when we inhale
essential oils they go directly to the brain. The other four senses — taste,
sight, touch and
hearing — are first routed through the thalamus before reaching designated areas
of the brain.
Therapeutic-grade essential oils can have amazing psychological and
physiological effects since the limbic system is directly connected to parts of
the brain that control blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, stress levels,
memory, and hormone balance. Every essential oil has therapeutic calming,
sedative, stimulating, and balancing properties. The inhaled molecule of the
essential oil travels through the nasal passage to a receptor neuron that
transports it up to the limbic brain, particularly the hypothalamus. The limbic
center in the brain controls all the physical, psychological, and emotional
responses that the body performs based on stimuli that come from the outside.
Therefore, the capacity of essential oils to target the limbic center makes them
a powerful tool in the treatment of many health diseases.
When you inhale essential oils, the tiny nerves immediately send a signal to the
brain and go straight to work on the systems that moderate your mind and body.
The chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain,
which makes inhalation the most direct delivery method of these amazingly
nurturing components in essential oils.
Universities from Vienna and Berlin have performed studies where they discovered
that sesquiterpenes, natural compounds found in essential oils of Patchouli,
Vetiver, Sandalwood, Melissa, Myrrh, Cedarwood, Clove, Cedarwood and
Frankincense, had the ability to increase the levels of oxygen in the brain by
up to 28% (Nasel, 1992). This increase in brain oxygen can lead to a heightened
level of activity in the hypothalamus and limbic systems of the brain, which
could have dramatic effects on emotions, learning, attitude, and other physical
processes of the body such as: hormone balance, immune function, and energy
In 1989, Dr. Joseph Ledoux, at New York Medical University, discovered that the
amygdala has a major role in releasing and storing emotional trauma. This leads
to the conclusion that aromas may exert a significant effect in triggering a
Whether they are diffused or directly inhaled from the bottle, essential oils
can provide many benefits to the human body without any side effects. When the
olfactory nerves are properly stimulated they can offer a powerful and entirely
new form of therapy that could be used as an adjunct against many forms of
illness. Although the therapeutic effects of essential oils, through inhalation,
are relatively unexplored, it seems that they may occupy an important position
in this frontier in medicine.
Essential oils are currently being evaluated for brain injury treatments due to
the ability of their molecules to affect both physical and psychological
functions in the body.
The human brain is the most complex organ in the body. Brain injuries range from
mild concussions to more serious head trauma. Various brain injuries usually
heal slowly, and frankincense oil was found to significantly aid in this
process. Frankincense aids oxygenation of blood going to the brain, which aids
in oxygen absorption. When oxygen is effectively absorbed, it allows the brain
to process and retain information, heal, and function properly.
Frankincense is the essential oil of choice for any kind of brain disorder. Its
molecular makeup includes sesquiterpenes, which are able to cross the
blood/brain barrier. Sesquiterpenes stimulate the limbic system of the brain and
other glands within the brain, and
promotes memory and releases emotions. Frankincense also slows down and deepens
the breath. Its therapeutic properties are antiseptic, carminative, astringent, cicatrisant,
digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative, uterine, tonic, vulnerary and
The research conducted in the universities from Berlin and Vienna found
sesquiterpenes to increase oxygenation around the pituitary and pineal glands.
This contributes to an ideal balance of memory-stimulating and
Essential oils can not only penetrate the blood-brain barrier, but they also
penetrate the skin, follow nerve pathways, follow the meridians, and provide
balance and healing even at the cellular level such as cellular memory and DNA.
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Diffusing and Inhaling
According to research, diffusing certain oils using a cold air diffuser may have
– Relaxing the body, clearing the mind, and relieving tension.
– Help with weight management.
– Reduced bacteria, fungus, mold, and odors.
– Improved hormonal balance.
– Improved secretion of the antibodies that fight candida.
– Relieved headache.
– Stimulation of neurotransmitters.
– Improved concentration, mental clarity and alertness.
– Stimulate secretion of endorphins.
– Improved digestive functions.
– Stimulate the production and receptivity of the growth hormone.
THERAPEUTIC GRADE ESSENTIAL OILS
The level of purity and therapeutic value of an oil depend on its chemical
constituents. This can be affected by things like the soil from which the plant
was grown, the condition of the soil, fertilizer (organic or chemical), climate, distillation process,
In aromatherapy, the quality of the oils is very important if they are to have
healing benefits. It is important to use undiluted therapeutic grade essential
oils. Always check if the label says “100% therapeutic grade essential oil”.
However, although some essential oils are labeled as l00% organic, this does not
mean that they are pure.
The purity of therapeutic quality essential oils is laboratory tested and
certified. A therapeutic-grade essential oil is complete in its chemical
constituents, that give it a rich, deep aroma, and is kinetically alive and able
to raise the frequency of the human body, restore balance and normal function to
weak body systems. This is vital,because
the fragrance, frequency and chemistry of the oil contribute to its unique
therapeutic effects. And if any of these properties are compromised,
due to poor production practices, the essential oil cannot be called