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How Essential Oils Heal the Brain

By Jodi Cohen

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I discovered how essential oils heal the brain, and are uniquely suited to do so, through my own personal rock bottom.

After a decade attempting to support my former husband through manic highs and devastating lows, my adrenals completely collapsed.  I could barely get myself out of bed, let alone cook, clean, and care for my babies. I had never been more exhausted, anxious, or depressed and nothing I tried seemed to help.

Fortunately, I was gifted essential oils. Out of sheer desperation, I tested them to support different organ systems and created blends to help me heal my exhaustion, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.  I was shocked at how quickly they worked! So much so, that when I felt like myself again I drew on my background as an investigative journalist to figure out how and why they worked so well.

How Essential Oils Heal the Brain

Let’s talk about how essential oils heal the brain.


It can be challenging get the right remedy absorbed into the right tissue in the brain. Our primary tools, such as food, supplements, and pharmaceutical drugs, have to travel through the digestive tract and are then processed through the liver.  If you suffer from any gut inflammation, infections, or impaired digestion, nutrient absorption and assimilation can be compromised.

In his functional neurology class, Datis Kharrazian notes that there is always a back door to healing the brain. I believe the same holds true for the body. When the front door of the digestive system is compromised, the back doors into the body are the transdermal channel through the skin, utilized for nicotine patches and hormonal creams. It also goes through the olfactory channel, or our sense of smell, which goes directly into the limbic system of the brain. Olfactory cells are brain cells and the olfactory membrane is the only place in the body where the brain is directly exposed to the environment.

In order to access the brain, particles need to cross the blood-brain barrier, which acts like a filter restricting everything but incredibly small molecules from gaining access.  Research shows that lipid solubility seems to help facilitate passage through the blood-brain barrier, as even very small water molecules cannot make it through.

I believe this is one of the reasons that fat soluble substances like essential fatty acids and liposomal remedies, like liposomal melatonin, are more easily assimilated and effective at accessing and activating the brain. The brain is primarily fat and fat likes fat. This is the principal behind oil pulling. When you swish the oil around in your mouth, the fatty membranes of bacteria are drawn to the fat in the oil like a powerful magnet.

Qualities Needed to Access and Heal the Brain

In order to access and heal the brain, remedies need to be:

  1. Fat Soluble
  2. Super small molecules

What Remedy Shares Both Qualities?

Essential oils are both fat soluble and so small that they are known as volatile and aromatic. The molecules are so small that they can literally circulate in the air where our noses detect them as smell. This is why essential oils heal the brain.

So, what does this mean for the future of medicine?  It means we have a new non-invasive tool to access and heal the brain.

Essential oils not only cross the blood brain barrier, but then help support healing directly from the control center of the brain.  They can be used to trigger the pineal gland to release melatonin, balance our circadian rhythms, detox the brain, reduce neuro inflammation, balance the amygdala or the hypothalamus to support endocrine function, and balance the autonomic nervous system to help clients shift from the sympathetic fight or flight state to the parasympathetic rest and digest state so they can heal.

Our Parasympathetic® oil does precisely that – it stimulates the vagus nerve to activate the parasympathetic state. It does this through a combination of highly stimulatory clove oil and lime molecules that are super small and easily assimilated. When applied behind the earlobe on the mastoid bone, where the vagal ganglia are most accessible to the surface of the skin, it helps the body drop into the parasympathetic state to unlock and heal vagus nerve toxicity.


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About The Author

Jodi Cohen

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.