How do PURE, Therapeutic grade essential oils affect the brain?
The blood-brain barrier is the barrier membrane between the circulating blood and the brain that prevents certain damaging substances from reaching brain tissue and cerebrospinal fluid. The American Medical Association (AMA) determined that if they could find and agent that would pass the blood brain barrier, they would be able to cure Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.
In June 1994, it was documented by the Medical University of Berlin, Germany, and Vienna, Austria, that sesquiterpenes have the ability to go beyond the blood-brain barrier.
High levels of sesquiterpenes, found in the essential oils of frankincense and sandalwood, help increase the amount of oxygen int he limbic system of the brain, particular around the pineal and pituitary glands, This leads to an increase in secretions of antibodies, endorphins, and neurotransmitters.
Also present int he limbic system of the brain is a gland called the amygdala. In 1989, it was discovered that the amygdala plays a major role in the storing and releasing of emotional trauma. The only way to stimulate the gland is with fragrance or the sense of smell. Therefore, with aromatherapy and essential oils, we are now able to release emotional trauma.