Essential Oils to Boost the Brain

& Heal the Body

Introduction: Essential Oils and Your Brain

4. Research has shown that essential oils help us fight infection (with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties), balance hormones and emotions, and aid in regeneration. Tori Rodriguez “Essential Oils Might Be the New Antibiotics” The Atlantic, Jan 16, 2015.

7. Research has shown that a component of lavender essential oils known as linalool helps activate the calming effect of GABA. Metabolic Products of Linalool and Modulation of GABA A Receptors, Frontiers in Chemistry, June 2017.

8. Research estimates your sense of smell to be ten thousand times more acute than your other senses.  Emotion Experienced during Encoding Enhances Odor Retrieval Cue Effectiveness, Rachel Herz, February 1997.

8. Nobel Prize–winning researcher Linda Buck explored how different odors trigger different responses in your brain. For example, Buck found that rose essential oil can counteract your brain’s fear response to predator odor. Her research found that smelling rose essential oil in the presence of predator odors (or other fear stimuli) can suppress your brain’s stress responses and hormonal signals. This research gives some insight into how essential oils can influence your hormonal responses, by either suppressing or activating your brain’s hormonal responses to specific odors. UNRAVELING THE SENSE OF SMELL Nobel Lecture, December 8, 2004 by Linda B. Buck.

9. Most research around essential oil effectiveness in balancing organ systems and regions of the brain look at combinations of certain oils (blends), not individual oils by themselves. Effects of intraduodenal application of peppermint oil (WS (R) 1340) and caraway oil (WS (R) 1520) on gastroduodenal motility in healthy volunteers, February 2003.

9. Research by scientists on medicinal plants in Phytotherapy Research compared the antimicrobial activity of clove and rosemary essential oils alone and in combination and found that while “both essential oils possessed significant antimicrobial effects against all microorganisms tested [the oils in combination] indicated their additive, synergistic, or antagonistic effects against individual microorganism tests .” Antimicrobial activity of clove and rosemary essential oils alone and in combination, October 2007.

17. Several studies show that taking essential oils internally is the least effective way to absorb their therapeutic properties. 

The effects of the inhalation method using essential oils on blood pressure and stress responses of clients with essential hypertension, December 2006.

Anxiolytic Effect of Essential Oils and Their Constituents: A Review, June 2019.

A systematic review of the effect of inhaled essential oils on sleep, April 2014.

Beneficial effect of compound essential oil inhalation on central fatigue, Nov 2018.


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