Apr 4, 2006

The Brain Likes that Smell - Essential Oils

When I was studying Anatomy and Physiology while taking my courses to be Certified as a Nutritionist, I could never get over what a miracle the body is...right down to the tiniest cell.

The brain is a remarkable part of the body...it is part of your nervous system, the "main computer" so to speak, but so much more.

Don't ever get the idea that your brain cannot be improved by "exercise" and nutrition, it can! Though genetics may play a part to some degree in how much exercise or nutritional help you will need (which is true for any part of the body by the way), a brain that isn't working "up to par" does not have to stay that way.

Essential fatty acids are important to the brain, during pregnancy and in early childhood. Children should be getting HEALTHY fats in their diets, as should adults...fats like those found in nuts (caution: peanuts are a high allergen for some), seeds, flax and natural butter from grass fed beef.

The brain needs sugar, and uses more of it than any other organ in the body...but it is best not to count on the kind that comes from a candy bar, white sugars, white flour, etc., which causes extreme sugar highs and lows (hypoglycemia) which finally take their toll on the pancreas, and other organs of the body. Eating fruits, complex carbohydrates like high-fiber grainy breads, high fiber cereal, grains, and nuts will provide the body with a more steady, even supply of sugar, as the carbohydrates are turned into sugar more slowly. Eating your daily quota of food spread out through the day is a good idea too, don't skip meals.

The sense of smell can help the brain through smelling certain botanicals either in the form of essential oils or in their natural state. Here are a few examples:

  • Rosemary helps those who are struggling with memory loss, feeling down about life, depression; 
  • Pine helps with alertness, anxiety, mental tiredness, trouble concentrating. 
  • Lemon helps with feelings of confusion and lethargy, the circulatory system. 
  • Lavendar is used by some for headaches, stress and trouble sleeping.
  • Peppermint helps with concentration and fainting episodes. 
  • Thyme helps with mental clarity, makes you feel "alive".

Please contact me in the moderated comment section below if you would like fact sheets on the items marked in red, I do not approve comments that contain requests.  

Updated 2/9/16

The oils listed above are just some of the oils that are beneficial. You can apply them topically to the temples, forehead, behind the ears or neck, or you can use them in a bath or with a Nebulizing Diffuser. Do not get them in the eye. Some may require a carrier oil to dilute as they are too strong to come in contact with the skin. I can help you determine how to use essential oils safely.

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