Improving Parasympathetic Tone to Reduce Inflammation

by Jodi Cohen

Parasympathetic Vibrant Blue Oils Bottle with arrow pointing to woman's vagus nerve behind ear

What if I told you that applying our Parasympathetic™ blend on the vagus nerve three times a day could improve your digestion, immunity, adrenal function, cardio vascular health, brain health and detoxification – all by improving your Vagal Tone.

Sounds almost too good to be true, right?

I thought the same thing until I read this fascinating new research study, where a New York neurosurgeon, Kevin Tracey,  started surgically implanting pacemaker like devices to stimulate the vagal nerve (Learn more here) and found that it significantly reduced systemic inflammation and the pain associated a arthritis.  Cool, huh?


Vagal Tone

I totally get that surgically implanting a device can be a little extreme and recommended other options, like meditation, to improve vagal tone.  Fortunately, that is exactly what our parasympathetic blend is designed to do as well, when applied to the vagal nerve.

The research found that inflammation in body tissues was being directly regulated by the brain, with the vagal nerve serving as the on/off switch.    When the vagal nerve was stimulated, it blocked inflammation elsewhere in the body.

Inflammation can present as everything from allergies, ADD/ADHD, eczema, anxiety, depression and fatigue to auto immunity, pain, gas, bloating, IBS, mood swings, brain fog and headaches.  So the Parasympathetic™ oil can pack a powerful punch!



Parasympathetic™ for Vagal Nerve Stimulation to Reduce Inflammation

parasympathetic how to applyThe vagal nerve starts in the brainstem, just behind the ears on the mastoid bone, and travels down each side of the neck, across the chest and down through the abdomen, connecting the brain with the stomach and digestive tract, the lungs, heart, spleen, intestines, liver and kidneys, as well as the nerves involved in speech, eye contact, facial expressions and the ability to tune in to other people’s voices.

It is made primarily of sensory fibers, allowing it to serve as a two-way messenger, passing electrochemical signals between the organs and the brain that keep our bodies healthy.

In addition to playing a critical role in the parasympathetic “rest and digest” nervous system, the vagal nerve helps reset the immune system and switch off production of proteins that fuel inflammation.  To do so effectively, the vagal response, known as vagal tone, needs to be strong.  Low vagal tone makes this regulation is less effective which can lead to excessive inflammation.


Why Does Vagal Tone Matter?

Stronger Vagal Tone means that signals from the brain and body are better received allowing the body to relax faster after a stress.

Vagal Tone can be determined by using an electrocardiogram to measure heart rate. Every time you breathe in, your heart beats faster in order to speed the flow of oxygenated blood around your body. Breathe out and your heart rate slows. This variability is one of many things regulated by the vagus nerve, which is active when you breathe out but suppressed when you breathe in, so the bigger your difference in heart rate when breathing in and out, the higher your vagal tone.

Research shows that a strong vagal tone makes your body better at regulating blood glucose levels, reducing the likelihood of diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Low vagal tone has been associated with chronic inflammation.


How to Keep Vagal Tone Strong?

I thought you’d never ask….

Health experts like Christiane Northrup and Datis Kharrazian have long been suggesting protocols including deep, breathing, humming and gargling to keep Vagal Tone™ strong.  We will also be offering a FREE webinar on breathing techniques to support Parasympathetic Tone.

In addition to these techniques, we have formulated Vibrant Blue Oils Brain Balance Parasympathetic™ blend.  When applied to the vagus nerve, behind the ear lobe on mastoid bone – it stimulates the vagus nerve and improves Vagal Tone.

Dr. Tracy’s research has shown strong decrease in inflammatory symptoms from stimulation of three minutes a day.   We recommend applying the Parasympathetic™ blend to vagus nerve three times daily (ideally before meals).

The research also found 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.

Other researchers are now looking into using vagus nerve stimulation for a range of other chronic debilitating conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome and obesity.


We welcome your feedback on your experience.

Please feel free to leave a comment below or  share this post with anyone in your life who might benefit from a little vagal stimulation.



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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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