Essential Oils for Brain Health

The most effective way to use essential oils for brain health is through olfactory stimulation, or smelling.

There are 5.3 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, with a person 65 and older diagnosed every 66 seconds. It’s predicted that by 2050, there will be over 16 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease. Despite this impending epidemic, there is still no cure. However, evidence-based research has indicated that using essential oils can keep your brain healthy.

Sniff Oils to Help Your Brain

One clinical trial on the effect of aromatherapy showed improvement in cognition for all 28 patients involved in this study, 17 of whom had Alzheimer’s. The most effective way to use essential oils for brain health is through olfactory stimulation, or smelling. This can be accomplished by using diffusers, wearing necklaces that you can drop oils on to or by applying oils to the back of the neck or your pulse points behind the ears and neck area. When inhaling them, the oils break down into tiny particulates and reach the brain within 22 seconds. At the close of 20 minutes, every cell in the entire body will have been affected.

Beyond Brain Health

Even though you may be using an essential oil for brain health, essential oils have upwards of 70 other health benefits for you. Brain health oils that have been researched and tested include frankincense, peppermint, ylang ylang, cedarwood, cypress, ginger and basil. Also, clinical trials suggest that turmeric may slow or reverse neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s by significantly increasing production of neural stem cells, which are brain stem cells that are essential for the repair and recovery of brain function.

In-vitro research suggests that bergamot inhibits certain enzyme activity, while lavender has been found to protect brain neurons from degeneration or injury by increasing antioxidant enzyme activities and reducing lipid peroxidation in dementia patients. Furthermore, clinical trials suggest that inhaling rosemary, when paired with lemon or lavender, in the morning significantly improves personal orientation related to cognitive function.

Create a Healthy Habit

So, how do you implement oils into your lifestyle? Start with one and use it for 30 days; if you don’t care for the smell of one, you can try another. Own it and do it! Then add another oil for 30 days, while also keeping the one previous. Repeat and so on. Remember: it takes 4-6 weeks to create a habit, even a healthy one. Before you know it, you’ll be nourishing your brain and your body entirely!

About the author

Dr. Jennifer Stelter and Jessica Ryan

Dr. Jennifer Stelter, a.k.a. The Oil Doctor, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist. She has 20 years’ experience in the health care field and a decade in the long-term care industry. She is the co-owner of NeuroEssence, LLC, runs the operations of clinical programming for the Alden Network and is an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College. Dr. Stelter is involved in program and policy development, provides initial and ongoing seminars and workshops focusing on holistic, non-pharmacological interventions, conducts medical/psychological audits and provides supervision and one-on-one consultation sessions regarding patient care. She has also participated in talk radio, podcasts, interviews for news articles, conducted research and published literature and curriculum. Recently she has been featured in the Daily Herald, Northwest Herald and Quintessential Barrington’s Medical Guide in Chicago, Illinois. Additionally, Dr. Stelter is writing and publishing her first book introducing an innovative approach to dementia care.

Jessica Ryan, a.k.a., The Oil Mama, is a biologist and educator. She is the CEO of The Oil Mama, LLC, and co-owner of NeuroEssence, LLC. She has 15-plus years of experience in education and science. Over the last five years, she has committed to staying on the forefront of evidence-based essential oil uses and educating individuals and families on reducing toxic load and increasing cellular nourishment as the key to healthy mind and body at any age. She has pioneered a specialization in working with the “vintage” population, health-care professionals and caregivers to educate them on the usage of therapeutic essential oils for longevity and quality of life. Jessica regularly leads workshops and offers valuable and continued support through her various resources and one-on-one consultations. She also offers additional services to health care and residential facilities, including caregiver and continuing education, hospice tools, and customized community wellness plans.

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