5 Keys to Essential Wellness

by Jodi Cohen

While there are no magic bullets in healing, most health challenges occur when the 5 keys to essential wellness fall out of balance.

Simply put, in order to heal, your body needs sleep, energy, optimal brain and immune function and the ability to rest, repair and detoxify.  When your body lacks these keys to essential wellness, toxins – i.e. any substance that creates irritating and/or harmful effects in the body –  can get reabsorbed and limit the ability of your cells to function.

Once you are able to balance and heal the 5 keys to essential wellness including sleep, energy, immune function, detoxification and drainage support and the ability to access the healing state of the nervous system, known as the parasympathetic state, all healing efforts vastly accelerate.

Topically applied essential oils can be especially powerful in supporting these 5 keys to essential wellness for your body and your brain.  When inhaled, oils directly communicate with the brain, which in turn signals the body to respond with elevated energy levels.  Essential oils also affect a number of biological factors, including heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function that can return your body to balance and help you thrive.  Research shows that essential oils topically applied on the skin gets into the bloodstream within 20 minutes. Further, the brain is comprised primarily of fat and essential oils are fat soluble so they easily penetrate and assimilate into the system.

Specific oils for supporting and balancing the following 5 key areas of essential wellness:

1.  Sleep

If you are not sleeping, it is impossible to heal. Restful sleep, defined as the ability to both fall asleep and stay asleep, is the critical first step for health and healing.  It allows time for the body to rest and repair, detoxify, balance blood sugar levels, burn calories and reset our energy reserves.  Read More about Essential Oils for Sleep HERE.

Circadian Rhythm™ is specifically formulated to trigger the natural release of melatonin from your pineal gland so that you can slip into a deep, restorative sleep.

2.  Parasympathetic State

The parasympathetic state is the healing state that brings your nervous system into balance. It affects EVERY aspect of your well-being! Digestion, detoxification, and immune functions are only turned on when your body is in a parasympathetic state.  Simply put: when stress is on, your ability to heal is turned off.  You should optimally be in a parasympathetic state 80 percent of the time, but many people struggle to be in this state at any point during their day. This is because stress inhibits the parasympathetic response and the body’s essential healing processes shut down.  Read More about Essential Oils for the Parasympathetic State HERE.

Parasympathetic™: Your body needs to be in the Parasympathetic rest and digest state to heal.  When the parasympathetic nervous system kicks in, your mind and body relax and calm the release of stress hormones, like cortisol, allowing  for optimal energy flow. Applying Parasympathetic™ blend to the vagal nerve (behind the earlobe on the mastoid bone) before meals stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system “rest and digest” state to promote optimal  digestion, absorption and assimilation of the nutrients necessary to help the body heal and put it in optimal balance.

3. Energy

Your body needs energy to heal.  Energy fuels your body’s internal functions and repairs, building and maintaining cells and tissues, and facilitating the chemical reactions that allow us to heal. This means that before beginning a healing protocol, we need to ensure that your body has the energy reserves and strength it needs to fuel the healing effort.  Specifically, the energy makers – the adrenals and thyroid – need to be robust, fueling your body with the critical energy it needs to take on the additional stress of healing.  Read More about Essential Oils for Energy and Resilience HERE.

Adrenal™:  The adrenals are small triangular glands that sit on top your kidneys and produce and release the body’s stress hormone, cortisol.  Cortisol provides the body with the energy it requires to survive physical or emotional stress.  When your adrenal glands are overtaxed or fatigued, they are not able to supply the body with the energy it needs to heal, a state known as Adrenal Fatigue.   Essential oils can be used like adaptogenic herbs to help support the adrenal glands for the optimal energy reserves required to support your healing.  The Adrenal™ blend also contains several stimulatory oils like Thyme, Cinnamon, and Rosemary that you feel invigorated, revitalized and energetic.   To use, either smell or topically apply 1- 2 drops of Adrenal™ on the adrenal glands (on the lower mid-back, one fist above the 12th rib on each side).

4.  Detox and Drainage

The detoxification pathways are channels by which the toxins exit the body.  All of these pathways must be open and flowing optimally before we begin to mobilize toxins or kill pathogens. If the detoxification pathways are blocked or stagnant, mobilized toxins will likely be reabsorbed and we might feel even worse.  This is often characterized as a “detox reaction” but what it really means is that the toxins are not leaving the body.  Essential oils can play an especially powerful role in helping to open these detoxification pathways as they are extremely gentle and can be topically applied, thus avoiding any additional burden on a potentially compromised digestive system.  Read More about Essential Oils for Drainage HERE.

Lymph™:  The lymphatic system is the body’s first line for both your immune system and detoxification system.  It works to drain toxins and pathogens that can activate your immune system. The lymphatic system needs to be able to drain and allow toxins to leave your body.  You might think of it like a river or stream that cannot flow because leaves, branches or other debris blocks its path, backing up the water and its ability to flow downstream.  If lymph flow is congested that toxins don’t leave the body and back up in your cells contributing to greater damage. Your body works with a similar hydraulics system to a river.  If congested tissue downstream prevents optimal flow upstream, congested lymphatic vessels in the neck will impede drainage of toxins from the brain.  To enhance lymphatic flow and drainage, generously apply Lymph™ around the sides of the neck.  Lymph™ also supports your immune system.

5. Immune Modulation

When your immune system functions properly, it protects your body from toxins and other foreign substances.  When the immune system is over-reactive or under-reactive, it can fail to protect the body and even attack it, mistaking “self” cells for invading pathogens, resulting in autoimmune diseases.   Modulating the immune system helps bring your immune system back in balance to help you heal. Read More about Essential Oils to Modulate the Immune System HERE.

Immune Support™ can bring the immune system back in to balance and help you heal.

Immune Support™ is formulated with a combination of several “hot” oils like Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lemon, Mountain Savory, Nutmeg, Oregano, Rosemary and Thyme that help raise your body temperature to help you fight off illness.

Raising your core temperature boosts  immune cell function. This is one of the reasons the body naturally spikes a fever to help fight off infection, or warm remedies, like chicken soup or hot tea, are given when we are sick. The heat helps to kill the viruses. In fact, studies have shown that raising your body by just 2 degrees can increase immunity by 40%.

Heating up the body for short periods of time to induce health is called hyperthermia and it is one of the reasons that healing technologies like infrared saunas, biomats and Epsom salt bathes are such effective healing techniques.  When rubbed on the bottom of the feet, or over the throat, Immune Support™ can help raise our body temperature and help the immune system work better.

Introducing Essential Wellness Kit

For the first time ever, all 5 of these 100% natural, therapeutic-grade essential oils are being offered in one easy kit.

The Essential Wellness Kit allows you to give your body exactly what it needs to function at its best!

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About The Author

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils. An author, speaker, nutritional therapist, and a leading international authority on essential oils, Jodi has helped over 50,000 individuals support their health with essential oils.

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