Can smelling essential oils make you smarter? The answer may shock you. But before you continue reading this email for the results, I want you to take a good sniff of some rosemary essential oil and see for yourself!
Nourishment, circulation, and the amount of oxygen in the brain are all very critical for it to function on a healthy level. Nearly everything in our daily lives requires appropriately stable mental health. We deal with stress, exhaustion, mental fatigue, poor concentration, and even disease. The struggle is real, and the nose knows. But essential oils are on our side, and they can actually help us fight these battles.
Research suggests there are a number of essential oils that are beneficial in supporting brain health and cognitive skills. Scientists, such as Dr. David Steward featured in Ancient Secrets of Essential Oils the Movie, believe various aromas affect brain function because scent receptors in the nose send messages to the amygdala, which controls emotional health and well being, as well as the hippocampus, which is the control center for memory.
The next time you have an exam or a major project to focus on, try these essentials oils and let your mental gears get going! It just makes sense.
5 Essential Oils that Support Brain Health
Rosemary. In Ancient Greece, young men and women wore rosemary in their hair to improve mental performance for their studies. William Shakespeare even made a reference to rosemary in his famous play, Hamlet, when Ophelia utters, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” Rosemary has an energizing aroma that improves mental clarity and memory abilities, making it an oil that is essential for staying clever. According to the Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, researchers from Northumbria University in the UK set out to add to this knowledge by testing the effects of rosemary oil on volunteers’ mood and mental abilities. 20 people were asked to perform subtraction exercises and other tasks to see how quickly they could process new information before and after being exposed to the scent of rosemary in their work stations. Speed and accuracy were improved by 60-75% after the rosemary.
Lemon. Not only is lemon oil an invigorating and delicious aroma, it has many benefits for emotional health. Lemon is known to be especially good for elevating attitude, mood and spirit, and helping deal with depression and mood swings. In research performed at the Laboratory of Nutritional Biochemistry in Shizouka, Japan, Lemon essential oil was shown to inhibit memory impairment from scopolamine exposure, preventing dementia.
Juniper. If your eyelids are getting heavier, smell a bottle of juniper. Juniper stimulates all the activities within the body. This effect also helps overcome fatigue, dizziness and depression, and It increases the activity of the brain and nervous system. Juniper berries assist in keeping the brain fit and free of seizures as well as other such afflictions. It is also very abundant with Vitamin B as well as Vitamin C, and small quantities of calcium, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, lipid, and ash.
Clary Sage. Clary sage gets its name from the Latin word “clarus,” which means “clear.” It was referred to as “clear eyes” during the Middle Ages. Clary sage oil is often used to help cope with anxiety, tension, and is known to improve vision conditions, or problems such as tired or strained eyes.
Vetiver. In Sri Lanka and India, vetiver essential oil is called “the oil of tranquility.” Chinese medicine, vetiver oil was also believed to calm and cool the body and mind and to stabilize emotions. For these reasons, it was sometimes used as a meditation. A study carried out in 2012 found that smelling Vétiver enhances computer work and can produced faster visual reaction times, help with concentration for those with ADHD, and helps protect the brain from oxidative damage otherwise known as “free radicals.” Vetiver also appears have to be an excellent source of antioxidant activity, which is crucial for supporting brain cell growth.
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) happens when the pressure on the arteries and blood vessels becomes too high and the arterial wall becomes distorted causing extra stress on the heart. Long term-high blood pressure increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and diabetes. Most Americans don’t even realize they have high blood pressure until serious problems arise.
Results of high blood pressure include:
Blocked or ruptured blood vessels
Reduced kidney function
Loss of cognitive function: concentration, memory and ability to learn
Metabolic syndrome: a cluster of metabolic disorders such as high cholesterol and insulin, atherosclerosis and increased waist size
Frequently, there are no symptoms as blood pressure increases, but warning signs for very high blood pressure can include chest pains, confusion, headaches, ear noise or buzzing, irregular heartbeat, nosebleeds, tiredness or vision changes.
Causes of high blood pressure include:
A high-salt diet
Birth control pills
The above information is from here and there is a tonne of information about Hypertension there but I want to talk to you about how Essential Oils can help you normalise your blood pressure while maintaining an organic and natural way of healing.
One way to help normalise blood pressure is to cleanse the liver and colon for better circulation. Cleansing the colon will help rid the body of wastes and toxins that could be clogging the normal process of digestion. Cleansing and digestion are critical to normal body function.
With the risks and side effects of prescription medications, many people are turning to natural remedies and preventative treatments for high blood pressure.
While a lot of success has been found in the use of supplements such as magnesium, CoQ10, potassium, and fish oil, the benefits of these supplements can be increased when used with essential oils. Here are some of the best essential oils to use for high blood pressure.
How can essential oils can help with high blood pressure?
Firstly, keep in mind how essential oils enter our bodies. When rubbed into the skin, they enter the blood stream through follicle cells or the sweat glands. However, they also gain entry through inhalation. In this case tiny molecules of oil are absorbed into the bloodstream as the lungs oxygenate the blood.
Once they’ve entered the bloodstream, essential oils can gradually dilate constricted arteries which normally makes the heart work harder to pump blood.
Many essential oils also act as antioxidants to reduce oxidative stress, resulting in lower blood pressure. And some essential oils efficiently decrease emotional stress that could lead to high blood pressure.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot essential oil is typically used in cosmetics, due to its crisp and refreshing smell. However, studies have recently shown that this powerful essential oil has several medicinal benefits as well.
For example, studies have revealed that bergamot essential oil reduces high blood pressure when it is diffused and inhaled for 15-60 minutes. This means that those who use bergamot essential oil for aromatherapy typically show a significant reduction not only in their blood pressure but also their heart rate.
Bergamot essential oil is also known to improve one’s mood. Studies performed in a high-stress environment found that those who inhaled bergamot essential oil had a reduction in their anxiety level as well as an improved mood.
When bergamot essential oil is inhaled, neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin are released, creating a feeling of well-being. An aromatherapy session with bergamot essential oil can help lower blood pressure, as well as reduce the impulse to reach for comfort foods, due to the increase of dopamine in the brain.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary sage essential oil has been shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as significantly reduce respiratory rates of those who use it during aromatherapy. Clary sage is a good essential oil to use in situations where patients do not necessarily need to feel relaxed, but simply must have their blood pressure lowered.
Clary sage essential oil decreases stress and symptoms of depression as well. Studies have shown that clary sage essential oil not only reduces stress but also create an anti-depressant like effect. As many people who suffer from depression abuse alcohol, which is a risk factor for high blood pressure, Clary sage essential oil may be able to combat high blood pressure in multiple ways.
Ocotea essential oil is not the most widely known oil for natural health, but it is highly effective and versatile in its uses. Derived from the leaves and branches of a genus of trees that is native to Ecuador, also called Ocotea, there are over 200 species of this tree, most of which have similar chemical compositions. Although species vary between trees and shrubs, all of them are praised for their potential health benefits. In fact, this genus of the tree is related to the cinnamon plant and contains trace amounts of cinnamaldehyde, a powerful antioxidant. The most important active ingredients in ocotea essential oil are alpha-humulene and beta-caryophyllene, as well as camphor and safrole, which provide the majority of the health benefits outlined below.
One of the best stress-relieving essential oils is rosemary oil, so it is also highly effective for high blood pressure. Many people’s hypertensive issues are almost solely due to a stressful lifestyle and an inability to control stress hormones. Rosemary oil can soothe that inflammation, clear your mind and lessen the strain on your heart.How to Use – This oil is quite powerful, so there is no need to diffuse it all day long, but a few hours of diffusing this oil each morning can provide your body with a neutral base for the day, helping to keep your blood pressure down.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is one of the most well known essential oils available. Among other health benefits, reducing high blood pressure is on the top of its list. Lavender oil is a general healer that comes with a wide variety of therapeutic uses. It is often used to induce sleep by reducing tension and stress. It also contains analgesic actions that make it beneficial to cure headaches as well.
In a recent study, the impulses of patients’ brains were measured before and after inhaling lavender essential oil with an EEG machine. The study revealed that lavender essential oil has several health benefits, such as reducing heart rate and blood pressure and increasing the amount of relaxation waves in the brain. Patients who inhale lavender essential oil report that they feel more alert, relaxed, and refreshed after doing so.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
The smooth scent of ylang ylang essential oil easily releases daily stress. Studies actually show that it is not only the scent of ylang ylang, but its blend in an essential oil that creates the most benefits for decreasing blood pressure rates and stress.
Studies have also combined ylang ylang essential oil and bergamot essential oil, providing an impressive result of the inhalation of these essential oils together not only reduces blood pressure but cortisol levels as well. The use of these essential oils is an effective nursing intervention for those suffering from hypertension.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense is a powerful essential oil that has a calming effect on the body. This not only reduces stress levels but also regulates the heart. While the body may require an increased dose of prescriptions over time for high blood pressure, frankincense is a tonic substance, meaning that its benefits increase over time while still using the same amount.
Frankincense has long been used to reduce stress levels and promote mental clarity. It has been used in ancient Egyptian ceremonies to promote peace of mind and stillness.
Jasmine Essential Oil
Jasmine essential oil has an uplifting and almost euphoric quality to it that is able to calm nerves, boost confidence, and create optimism. With these emotional balancing qualities, breathing is improved, depression is lifted, and nervous anxiety may be alleviated. These effects ease a tense nervous system, which is a common cause of high blood pressure.
The most effective way to use essential oils is to diffuse them using an Essential Oil Diffuser. A diffuser releases the oils into the air in their purest and undiluted form providing you with maximum therapeutic benefits.
Using lavender essential oils in aromatherapy helps to balance the emotions and soothe the body, ultimately bringing balance to the nervous system. Exposure to the scent of this essential oil triggers positive mental energy to soothe stressed behaviors, ultimately lowering high blood pressure.
Inhaling the aromas of sweet marjoram and ylang ylang essential oils helps to relieve lethargy, nervous exhaustion and can be used to uplift the body by calming overthinking and inducing relaxation. While sweet marjoram is good for these things, ylang ylang essential oil is also a helpful sleep aid.
You can also blend essential oils! For high blood pressure, it’s especially recommended to mix 1 drop of lavender, 1 drop of ylang ylang, and 1 drop of bergamot; conversely, you can also mix 1 drop of lavender, frankincense, and sweet marjoram for an equal effect.
Essential oils may also be used in salves to rub over certain areas of the body, such as the heart, between the fingers, and on the soles of the feet. This can be done by mixing your essential oils into a carrier oil, such as olive or coconut oil, simmering the mixture in boiling water until the contents dissolve, and letting it cool.
Frequency refers to a measurement. Specifically, the rate at which vibration occurs. Think about tuning a radio—different frequencies (i.e., radio wave vibrations in the air) will let you listen to a different channel.
The frequency of the human body can be measured in a number of ways, but usually a specialized tool called a biofeedback machine. These devices usually operate by detecting skin temperature, muscle tension, and/or brain wave activity.
So I have heard about all this before, but up until now I thought it was a pile of mumbo jumbo, hippy crap started by ‘new agers’ trying to suck us into their vortex of devil worship and sacrifice, that’s the normal for most Christians when they hear anything associated with science isn’t it? Just me? Ok let’s continue lol! I wish I could do video posts this typing takes so long! Anyhoooooo………
I was looking for some essential oils tips to put on my page, you know something interesting instead of all the usual essential oil stuff we see online, I get so bored with all that. One of my favorite essential oil educators was doing a video on frequencies, which surprised me because she is a woman of faith. She explained the science behind frequencies and how oils work with the frequencies of our bodies and pretty much everything around us. So, as you do, I started googling and the information is so interesting. I think as Christians we sometimes get limited in what we will learn because we think it’s devil stuff, and science is one of those things, but science also explains about energies, atoms, microns, all the things that God put into existence so how can it be devil stuff? I really think sometimes we just need to get a bloody grip and learn about stuff, God will soon lead us away if it’s not something He wants us delving into. That being said, lets have a quick look at these frequencies in essential oils.
Essential oils are said to have the highest frequency of all known substances measuring between 52 – 340 MHZ (megahertz). These frequencies resonate with bodily systems that are on the same level therefore administering healing vibrations to those systems. Your emotions can raise or lower your frequency, negative thoughts will lower frequency by 10MHZ while positive one can raise it by 15MHZ. The average persons frequency is 62-68HMZ – when a persons levels drop to 58MHZ cold symptoms can manifest, Candida at 55MHZ and cancer at around 42 MHZ with death beginning at 25MHZ. So those are numbers that are probably a good idea to know so you can help yourself raise your levels where needed.
Frequencies of essential oils are also affected by negative thoughts, being lowered by 12MHZ , while positive thought can raise the oils frequency by 12 MHZ. Add Prayer to the mix and your oils frequency has raised by another 15MHZ. Applying essential oils in an attitude of prayer greatly enhances their effectiveness and you will note in the Bible oils are always used in conjunction with prayer. Oils will work without prayer and prayer will work without oils, but used in correlation with one another greatly increases the effectiveness of successful application.
While you can’t shield yourself from all low frequencies, you can make a conscious decision to bring as many positive frequencies into your life as possible. Start by choosing to think positively (yes, it is a choice!) and, if you haven’t already, make a point of using your essential oils more regularly.
While there is a tonne of information out there on this subject, this is just a start of a very powerful part of God’s healing process that we rarely hear about or we are too ‘religious’ to receive. I, for one, am going to continue researching and learning this until the Holy Spirit tells me otherwise!
I love essential oils, lets get that out of the way straight up. I use essential oils every single day, without them I reckon I would be a hot mess in the corner! We also haven’t been sick in the 2 years I have been using them, topically and diffusing them. So, with all that being said there are a few areas that I would like to touch on that I feel has somewhat compromised the whole essential oil industry.
I am currently joined up with both Doterra and Young Living, it’s not allowed to be a part of both companies at the same time and technically I’m not, I am not building a business with either company, they both just have really good oils.. Doterra has the most amazing roller blends, you cannot remake them, no one has them, and I love them. Young Living has some of the most beautiful oil blends I have ever smelled, plus they have a whole range of wellness products. The trouble with the Young Living products and oils is that in Australia they are bloody expensive and I can’t afford to buy them and I am pretty sure there are a lot of other people out there who can’t either. Doterra oils are a little bit cheaper, you get a bigger bottle, but their range is small and their culture is questionable (for me anyway). I have also used Plant Therapy, Ahisma Oils and a couple of other Australian brand oils. So I have tried a lot of them in my quest to find the ‘best’ oil. The truth is they pretty much smell the same with the exception of Young Living Peppermint which is pretty much the best peppermint you will ever use! The rest of the oils were very similar if not exactly the same. Ahisma Oils are my go to oils here in Australia because they are affordable, they have a massive range of oils, they have been in business for over 30 years and the owners are more than happy to chat to you about their oils. The owner told me that a lot of their oils are sourced from small family owned farms, which I love, but also a lot of their oils come from the same place as doterra oils! Umm hello!! Young Living have their own farms so their quality control is probably better than most and that is reflected in their oils and certainly the cost of those oils.
This brings me to my thought process the other day……both companies had their annual diamond and above all expenses paid getaway. Now while I have never really taken any notice of this in the past, for some reason, this year I was really looking at these holidays with a different, more realistic view I think. Young Living Diamond leaders and above went on an all expenses paid, cruise around Alaska. The cruise ship was HUGE, everything was laid on thick, everyone received new products, gifts, special treats etc etc, you name it they got it! and it was all FREE! Doterra went on an all expenses paid trip around Europe, I can’t remember which country, but it was beautiful, very lavish dinners and touristy things, again very expensive and FREE for those concerned. Now, I am not here to take away and credit from the hard work that goes into building an MLM business and trust me it is hard work, long hours, stressful and exhausting to get to these levels of income but honestly, who pays for all this? The companies say that it comes out of company profits and they share the wealth, well ok, but that wealth had to come from somewhere!
Women are spending a crap load of money on these MLM opportunities with the promise of making 6 – 7 figures within 2 years or whatever, but, the reality is, that is not going to happen for everyone. You cannot just be a mum of a hundred kids, nappies up the razoo, husband, cleaning, school crap, all the things, and build this massive business. And while it has been done, those successes are rare. The reality is, you will spend more than you can afford, you will have an upline leader busting your hump because they want to level up for the month, or you will have an upline that doesn’t give a bugger about you at all! You will become jaded with the company, hate the product and really miss out on all the good things the essential oils offer! How do I know all of this? It happened to my daughters, some of their friends and numerous other ladies I have spoken to over time. Most lost a heap of money, and went back to the chemical life they were so keen to get rid of. Has part of the market been defiled from unhappy mums who couldn’t cut the hustle, yep, probably and rightly so, they were promised the world and received nothing but a big bill and stash of essential oils that now sit in the cupboard. I would encourage those ladies to get those oils out and use them, learn to use them properly and don’t waste them. Essential oils work, just building the business not so much!
So, my next question….is the essential oil market saturated? Well you would have thought so if you spoke to our local mail delivery lady. Every second package around here was a doterra one for a long time. I live in a small area so this type of product can go viral real quick, but can lose it’s edge just as quickly. However, look at these numbers, according to Transparency Market Research, the global market for essential oils was valued at US$17.36 billion in 2017 and is projected to touch $US27.49 billion by the end of 2022. So that’s some interesting figures right there and probably a good reason not to quit if you happen to be building a business. Personally I think the private oil market will overtake the MLM’s because consumers are sick of the Network Marketing hustle.
What’s my point in all of this? Don’t give up on essential oils because your upline is crap, or if the company doesn’t suit you. Find another one that does. Buy from a reputable company that isn’t going to bust your chops to join a business and buy a tonne of product every single month if you can’t afford it! There are some awesome oil companies out there that aren’t MLM so good luck ladies, and make sure whatever oils you use, they are 100% pure, they are sourced ethically and they don’t come with a massive price tag!
Essential oils have almost become a food group and even though they are cited as the ‘latest’ alternative to modern medicine and natural living they have been around for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. Essential oil use goes right back to before Christ with ancient writings & traditions indicating that aromatics were used for religious rituals, the treatment of illness & other physical & spiritual needs. Records dating back to 4500 BC describe the use of balsamic substances with aromatic properties for rituals & medical applications while other ancient writings tell of scented barks, resins, spices & aromatic vinegars, wines, beers that were us in temples, astrology, embalming & medicines. The Egyptians were masters in using essential oils & other aromatics in the embalming process. Many hieroglyphics on the walls of Egyptians temples depict the blending of oils & describe numerous recipes! Fast forward to modern times and you can see that oils have been around for a lot longer than the past 20 odds years.
Essential oils offer a natural alternative to modern day medicine, that is not only full of sometimes dangerous ingredients with some pretty crappy side effects, but they become addictive and never really get to the root of the problem. Don’t get me wrong we need modern day medicine, but maybe if we took care of our health before we got sick we would be a lot better off. Essential oils are there to help keep you above the wellness line, they really shouldn’t be used as a ‘cure’ for anything. Some oils will cure certain diseases, but without the scientific evidence behind that it is really hard to get people to listen, which is a shame. I use the oils for emotional and hormonal health. Womens wellness issues are always swept under the carpet and they need to be spoken about freely and openly. Women need to know that essential oils will help your moods, they will help your cramping, your muscles, sugar craving and just about every other thing we women have going on. I literally smother myself in oils on a daily basis and the days I forget, there is a noticeable difference in how I feel. I diffuse essential oils all day every day, in the 2 years we have been using oils diligently, we have not been sick. We will get very small bouts of tummy upsets, or a runny nose, but we don’t get proper sick. All our grandchildren are always sick, picking up bugs and germs from school and spreading them around.
I also use the oils for general cleaning like wiping down the kitchen benches, cleaning the toilet and bathroom cabinets. I always sprinkle oil on my floors right before I steam mop them. For heavy cleaning I still break out the chemical and gas myself while doing so, but to use essential oils to clean the bath for instance is a waste of good oil, especially if you suck at housekeeping like I do and your bath is in need of a giant scrub. So while these are some uses for essential oils they are by no means the only uses for them. My life would be so different without them, maybe I would have hurt someone without the calming effects of frankincense and copaiba, or the Progessence plus serum from Young Living, that oil literally saved my sanity and bought me back down to a place of calm and Doterra’s ClaryCalm oil is an amazing oil for women’s hormone health. In saying that not all oils will work for you, you just have to get using them and see which ones DO work for you. Don’t be lead by the voice in your head that says, “well this is another mlm scam” or “oils don’t work”, have an open mind, buy some oils, get the basics first, Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender and use them. Use your own discretion and don’t listen to what the skeptics say. Make your own mind up and then come back here to learn. Have a happy Oily day! x