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Improve Strength with Essential Oils

By Jodi Cohen

A person lifting a kettlebell.

Did you know that your physical strength and speed are limited by your brain function?

Your muscles move in response to commands from your brain.  When the brain is slow to fire, your muscles are slow to move or limited in their strength.

In fact, all of your muscle contractions are initiated by your brain.  More specifically, your vagus nerve releases the neurotransmitter acetylcholine to signal your muscles fibers to move.  The acetylcholine binds to receptors on the outside of your muscle fiber and initiates a chemical reaction within the muscle that reorganizes muscle fibers to contract and relax. If your vagus nerve is infected or toxic (More HERE), the signal to your muscles is diminished.

Inflammation Slows Communication to Your Muscles

Improve Strength with Essential OilsInflammation slows down the signal to your muscles so they can’t fire at their full potential. A muscle’s strength is only as strong as the signal from your brain.  Every muscle cell is connected to your brain through your nervous system. You may know the feeling of brain fog, when your thinking becomes fuzzy.  The same thing happens to our muscles when our brain is not firing at full speed. The signal becomes fuzzy.

Brain inflammation is a protective measure that keeps your brain safe from toxicity and infections.  Your brain inflames itself as a way to re-balance, reset and heal. Unlike an inflamed body part, your brain may not feel physical pain when it’s inflamed. Instead, the brain communicates inflammation in the way it makes you feel.  When the brain is inflamed, it slows down its processing speed which, in turn, slows down your physical response speed.

Topically applied essential oils can play a huge role in helping deactivate inflammation in your brain so it can repair and heal.  This is one of the reasons that Vibrant Blue Oils Brain Balance blends are so popular with practitioners.  As you may know, essential oils are fat soluble and the brain is comprised primarily of fat so essential oils can easily cross the blood brain barrier and support the brain.

Parasympathetic Calms Inflammation

The parasympathetic state reduces inflammation in your body, by triggering your vagus nerve to release anti-inflammatory neurotransmitters.  It is your vagus nerve that serves as a detection system for inflammation. The vagus nerve’s vast network of fibers stationed around the organs identify inflammation (such as the presence of inflammatory proteins) and alert your brain to send out anti-inflammatory signals, in essence helping to prevent chronic inflammation in your body.

The Parasympathetic state helps improve communication between your body and your brain to help modulate your inflammatory response.  In the parasympathetic state, your vagus nerve communicates with the rest of the body by releasing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which acts as a brake on inflammation in your body, inhibiting the production of pro-inflammatory messengers. (Read more about Parasympathetic for Inflammation HERE)

To help reduce the over-production of the chemical messenger that causes chronic inflammation, apply the Parasympathetic® oil on your vagus nerve (behind the earlobe on the mastoid bone). Research has shown strong decrease in inflammatory symptoms from stimulating your vagus nerve to activate the parasympathetic state.  Research also shows that vagus nerve stimulation seems to restore the body’s natural balance. It reduces the over-production of the chemical messenger that causes chronic inflammation but does not affect healthy immune function, so the body can respond normally to infection. (Read More about Improving Parasympathetic Tone to Reduce Inflammation HERE).

Reducing Brain Inflammation = Faster Brain

Reducing brain inflammation means a faster brain.  An inflamed brain is also a slow brain, which sends delayed signals to muscles impacting your athletic performance.

Anti Inflammatory™ supports the anti-inflammation mechanisms of the brain. Athletes have reported a discernible increase in strength when used in combination with exercise.

If you practice an exercise regimen that is counted, such as weight lifting, we challenge you to do one set of reps to fatigue, then pause for a minute, and do a second set after applying the oil. We have repeatedly witnessed an increase in reps in the second set and improved form. This is a vivid demonstration of the brain’s effect on physical performance.

Anti Inflammatory™ is designed to reduce brain inflammation and encourage regeneration of damaged or stressed tissues that have been chronically inflamed or acutely inflamed.  Apply 2-3 drops along the back of the head – from the back of the neck up midway on the scalp to help anti inflame the brain.


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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.