Essential oils that support your brain, Part Two
Two weeks ago I talked about (Essential oils that help your brain) a number of essential oils that have been shown by research to be beneficial to our brain and in particular our cognitive abilities. It would be remiss of me to not mention a number of oil blends and oil based supplements that could also benefit people. Essential oil blends are great in that you can combine a number of different but complementary essential oils, such that the resulting blend is greater than the “sum of the parts”. You basically amplify the effects that you would get using a single oil.
Brain Power™ contains the oils: Blue cypress (Callitris intratropica), cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), frankincense (Boswellia carteri), helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), melissa
(Melissa officinalis) and sandalwood (Santalum album). It was formulated to help give your brain a boost with essential oils that are high in sesquiterpenes. Of the oils included, Cedarwood has the highest
concentration of oxygenating sesquiterpenes. No other essential oil exceeds it. It’s followed closely by melissa, then sandalwood and blue cypress, with frankincense coming in fourth. Why is this so important?
For memory retention and recall, the brain has to have oxygen coming to it. You also have helichrysum in this blend because of its chelating capacity. What is that you say? It will help clear the brain of any chemicals and heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and open the blood vessels up so that the oxygen can get through. Melissa is calming and uplifting. Frankincense is an oil that has been used to battle depression, while lavender is an oil that’s been documented to improve concentration and mental acuity.
This is a great oil blend if you suffer brain fog or mental fatigue and it also stimulates the neurotransmitters for receptivity and memory recall.
How to use it:
You can use it aromatically as in a diffuser or rubbing 3 drops of it in your hands and rubbing them together, then cupping your hands over your nose and inhaling.
And you can apply it topically on the back of the neck, the temples, on the soles of your feet or just under your tongue.
Safety data: Avoid using on infants and small children and if pregnant consult your physician or health care practitioner before use.
The following is one person’s experience with Brain Power™. You can read more experiences here.
CA, United States
“Taking classes often, as well as seminars, lectures and so forth… I always keep BRAINPOWER oil in my “school” bag. When I feel my attention drifting (often after lunch), I sniff the bottle to give my brain a boost and continue absorbing the material being thought.
AVOID putting it ON you in a public setting because the smell can be potent and aggressive or activating to others around you. When you sniff it, the bottle might end-up making the rounds of the class…
I also sniff BRAINPOWER in between clients. This oil is great for practitioners who hear a lot of talk in their sessions.”
Clarity™ was formulated to promote a clear mind and alertness. It includes the oils: Basil (Ocimum basilicum), bergamot (Citrus bergamia), cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), jasmine (Jasminum officinale), lemon (Citrus limon), palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini), peppermint (Mentha piperita), Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile),rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), and ylang ylang (Cananga odorata).
In my last post I mentioned one of the studies carried out showing that Rosemary oil is beneficial for increasing mental accuracy. Likewise there are studies showing that both peppermint and ylang ylang oils improve cognitive performance 
Here’s why some of the other oils are included:
* Both rosewood and basil help the brain to relax, which can be very important if you are working under pressure.
* Basil has also been found to be beneficial for mental fatigue.
* Both cardamom and palmarosa stimulate the regeneration of cellular activity. Cardamom is also uplifting and invigorating as is the lemon oil.
* Bergamot is uplifting and calming.
* Geranium and roman chamomile both help the body to expel toxins from the liver.
* Jasmine is uplifting but also can create feelings of confidence, euphoria and optimism.
How to use it:
Gary Young mentions that he would put a drop of Clarity™on his tongue and hold it up against the roof of the mouth to allow it to permeate through to the pineal/pituitary glands and amygdala.
You can try:
- Putting it under your nose and breathing it in.
- Rub it behind the ears on the occipital lobes or apply to the temples, You can also apply it across the brow, at the back of the neck or on your wrists.
- Use it in a diffuser.
Can be irritating to sensitive skin. Apply it with caution during pregnancy and avoid applying it to uncovered skin for 12 hours
The following are a number of people’s experiences with Clarity™ :
“We did a project a few years ago in a little town called Sparrow Hawk, Oklahoma. We had a school class there where we divided grade 3 in half and we put half the students in one room and half in another room. The teacher diffused Clarity in one room and diffused nothing the other room, then she gave them an exam afterwards. The children who were breathing the oils of Clarity diffused in the room had a 28% higher score on their test than the other children without the oil being diffused. That is just one example. When my older children were going to school, it was a joke. My son, Sean, would take Clarity to school and breathe it when he was studying. He wouldn’t bother to study for his tests and yet he would always pass his exams in school. The next thing I knew his friends were coming to the house and getting Clarity so they could take it and not have to study for their exams! ” – Gary Young, his lecture Essential oils blends for emotional health, part two
“Several years ago I attended a week-long writers conference. I settled into my room and took out my Travel Fan Diffuser, poured what I thought was Peace & Calming®, and proceeded to look at the handbook for what class to take the next hour. Attending a class on writing dialogue for multimedia, I was surprised at how easy it was for me to understand the intent. It was much easier than ever before. I realized that the diffusion had an amazing effect on my ability to expand my understanding of writing techniques. Entering my dorm room, I went to hold the bottle and discovered it was Clarity™! ” Read more… – Nancy Weber, Thinking with Clarity
You can read more experiences with Clarity™ here
Common sense™ was formulated to enhance decision-making abilities and includes the essential oils of frankincense (Boswellia carteri), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), ocotea (Ocotea quixos), goldenrod (Solidago canadensis), ruta (Ruta graveolens), dorado azul (Hyptis suaveolens) and lime (citrus aurantifolia).
Frankincense, ylang ylang, goldenrod and ruta all have calming and relaxing properties. Dorado azul helps balance the body’s hormones and modulate brain functions. Lime oil has stimulating and uplifting qualities. In addition, oils such as frankincense and lime have anti-depressant properties.
How to use it:
- Diffuse it in a room for at least 30 minutes.
- Apply it topically to the back of your neck or the temples.
Safety data: Keep out of the reach of children and use with caution during pregnancy.
The following is one person’s experience with Common sense™:
DC, United States
“I put a dab of Common Sense on my temples and back of my neck. Before I knew it, I started tossing old papers and documents into my trash can, and sorting the stuff that needed to be shredded. In 15 minutes, I had cleared off half the papers on my desk at work.
I put a dab of Common Sense on my temples and brain stem. It was as if, I knew what I didn’t need and what I did need. Of course I inhaled the oil also.”
MindWise™ is the “new kid on the block” that has me quite excited. It’s a brain health supplement formulated to support memory function and cognitive health. It includes a proprietary oil blend made up of Sacha inchi nut oil (Plukenetia volubilis), fractionated coconut oil, peppermint (Mentha piperita), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), anise (Pimpinella anisum), lemon (Citrus limon) and lime (Citrus aurantifolia) essential oils. In addition it includes Turmeric, pomegranate extract, rhododendron extract, GPC (L-alpha glycerylphorylcholine), ALCAR (Acetyl-L-Carnitine), Lithium orotate and CoQ10 (unbiquinone). The added benefit is that MindWise™ contains a lot of Omega 3 and supports the heart as well as the brain. And to top it off, it tastes really nice.
How to use:
For adults, the initial dose should be 2 tablespoons once a day for the first 7-10 days and then 1 tablespoon a day or as needed for maintenance. For children (aged 4-12) the dose should be no more than 1-2 teaspoons once a day. Take with a meal.
I first wrote about NingXia Red® in 2012, but there have been some improvements on this amazing drink since then.
Why have I included it as a supplement for brain health? A number of studies since 2000 show that key ingredients in NingXia Red® are beneficial to our brains. One study undertaken in 2005 has found that the Ningxia wolfberry (from which the NingXia Red® is derived) has an anti-senility effect.  Other studies have shown that high anti-oxidant foods such as blueberry (also found in NingXia Red®) can improve learning and cognitive capacity. 
Here is what you’ll find in NingXia Red®, starting with Ningxia wolfberry puree: blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate and plum juices, grape seed extract, natural stevia extract, pure vanilla extract and the essential oils of orange, yuzu, lemon and tangerine. This beverage is anti-oxidant with a capital ‘A’.
Be sure to check out the video below for more information on this amazing beverage.
Last but not least is OmegaGize³™ This supplement combines omega-3 (DHA and EPA), vitamin D-3 and CoQ10 with the essential oils of clove, german chamomile and spearmint for additional anti-oxidant support. This is a supplement that supports the joints, eyes, heart and brain. The omega-3 fatty acids are vital to our brain’s health. Vitamin D-3 is important for healthy bones and helps to modulate hormone secretion and the body’s immune function. While Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has been studied for its capacity to support brain, nerve and cardio-vascular functions.
If you’d like more information on these oils and supplements or you are interested in obtaining any of them, please contact us.
Till next time
Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.
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