When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, they go directly to the brain. Essential oils can have physiological and psychological effects, because the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control blood pressure, heart rate, memory, stress levels, breathing and hormone balance. The essential oils have therapeutic stimulating, sedative, calming and balancing properties. They can provide many benefits to our body without any side effects, even if it is through diffusing or inhaling the aroma straight from the bottle.
Frankincense essential oil and your brain
The most complex organ within our body is the brain. Brain injuries vary from mild concussions to more serious head trauma. Frankincense essential oil aids greatly in the process of slowly healing various brain injuries.
Therapeutic properties of Frankincense oil are: astringent, antiseptic, cytophylactic, cicatrisant, carminative, diuretic, digestive, sedative, emmenagogue, tonic, expectorant, vulnerary and uterine.
This oil has a molecular makeup that includes sesquiterpenes, which is able to cross the blood/brain barrier. But also, essential oils can penetrate the skin, follow nerve pathways, meridians, and provide balance and healing even at the cellular level like DNA and cellular memory.
Diffusing certain oils, using a cold air diffuser, may have these benefits:
– Help with weight management.
– Relax the body, clear the mind and relieve tension.
– Reduce bacteria, fungus, mold and odors.
– Stimulate neurotransmitters.
– Stimulate secretion of endorphins.
– Stimulate growth hormone production and receptivity.
– Improve hormonal balance.
– Improve secretion of antibodies that fight candida.
– Improve concentration, mental clarity and alertness.
– Improve digestive functions.
Therapeutic grade of essential oils
The level of therapeutic value and purity of an essential oil is tied to its chemical constituents, which can be affected by things such as the soil from which the plant was grown, the condition of the soil, fertilizer (chemical or organic) climate, distillation process etc.
Even though some essential oils may be labeled 100% organic, this may not be the case. You need to make sure they are pure, when you buy them. If some of its properties is compromised, it cannot be classified as therapeutic.
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