Essential oils are the oldest known remedies used for physical and mental health. In biblical times they were used with even scientific evidence that the Egyptians used them. Why aren’t we using them? I think it’s simply that we don’t know about them. Another reason is, one has to be careful what essential oils they purchase and use, as not all essential oils have the optimal therapeutic quality or safety. Interestingly, only essential oils have chemical constituents called sesquiterpenes, which cross the blood brain barrier and have been shown effective in calming dementia patients, slowing the progression of disease, and even help with memory.
It is of my belief that many of the toxins that are in our foods causes much disease in our nation. You wouldn’t believe how many addictive chemicals and neurotoxins are in the vast majority of our foods. This causes much pathologies including diabetes, hypertension, depression, and when it finally affects our neurological system it can lead to dementia type diseases like Parkinson’s/Alzheimer’s. Even refined sugar is not in its natural form it is stripped of any nutrients that it could have brought to the cells and instead brings a slow and what some would say insidious progression of degenerative disease again including diabetes and dementia. Dr. Nicolas Cherbuin from Australian National University in Canberra said “Numerous studies have shown a link between type 2 diabetes and brain shrinkage and dementia.” With the right nutrition, supplements, and essential oils you can achieve optimal wellness. If you or a loved one is already diagnosed with a progressive disease such as dementia you may want to take a look at the following study results:
Results of placebo-controlled clinical trials using Lavendula (lavender) and Melissa Officinalis (lemon balm) for the treatment of residential care residents with advanced dementia
- Lemon balm and lavender aroma were introduced to six patients and compared to a control group using sunflower oil for one week. The treatment increased functional abilities and communication, and decreased difficult behaviour.
- Lavender aroma and massage with 21 patients were compared to aroma or massage alone for one week. Aromatherapy with massage significantly reduced frequency of excessive motor behaviour.
- Lavender aroma oil was given to 15 patients and placebo (water) on alternate days for ten days. The aromatherapy significantly reduced agitated behaviour (as assessed using the Pittsburgh Agitation scale) versus placebo.
- Lemon balm (Melissa) lotion was applied to the face and arms of 36 patients, whilst another 36 patients had sunflower oil applied. Melissa was associated with highly significant reductions measured on the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CMAI) and social withdrawal, together with an increase in constructive activities (dementia care mapping).
- Lavender, marjoram, patchouli and vetiver were applied as a cream to the body and limbs of 36 patients and compared with inert oil. The essential oil combination significantly increased the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) but also increased resistance to care (considered to be due to increase in alertness), compared to inert oil. More on these studies and where I got it from refer to this webpage: http://alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=306&pageNumber=2
Essential oils are our way of detoxing, balancing the body systems, and increasing our feelings of wellness and even spirituality(you’ll still have to pray;)). I usually have pretty good blood pressure. I was curious one day and put lavender essential oil on my wrists and the back of my neck as it’s known to help calm oneself and lower blood pressure…it was about 10-16 below normal!….99/61 (which is odd the nurse said that because I thought it was supposed to be even numbers with blood pressure haha!). Essential oils high in sesquiterpenes, such as vetiver, cedarwood, patchouli, German chamomile, myrrh, Melissa and sandalwood are known to cross the blood brain barrier. A number of essential oils are general cerebral stimulants including frankincense, cedarwood, patchouli, nutmeg and ginger. If you haven’t started essential oils yet you really should they are not only good feeling they really benefit your overall wellness and health! If you would like to know more please give me your contact information with any particular questions you may have. Take great care 🙂