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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Aromatherapy: Protecting Cognitive and Brain Health

“We sit on the threshold of important new advances in neuroscience that will yield increased understanding of how the brain functions and of more effective treatments to heal brain disorders and diseases. How the brain behaves in health and disease may well be the most important question in our lifetime.”
--Richard D Broadwell

Recent data shows that approximately 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries annually. They are the ones who die, are hospitalized, or are treated and released from the emergency room. Toxic chemical exposure and degenerative illness leave more than 5 million other Americans and their families struggling with cognitive issues. Often, problems start out small, progressing into debilitating challenges.

What are signs to watch for and possible treatment options?
Symptoms can include: disturbed sleep, mood swings, emotional outbursts, lack of focus, difficulty concentrating, depression, impaired memory, irritability, headaches, faulty judgment, slowed thinking, excessive sleepiness, personality changes, sudden change in metabolism, loss of balance, loss of vision and other sensory disturbances.

Treatments vary, from surgery (blockage removal, shunts, etc.) to medications to physical therapy. The brain’s complexity increases the difficulty level of the treatment. Despite amazing technological advances, patients are often unsatisfied at the end of their treatment options.

What is the cost?
The cost of brain challenges is in the millions as victims and their caregivers struggle to heal and find resolution. Fending off isolation and desperation emotionally, physically and financially, many incorporate aromatherapy in their treatment plan for relief from symptoms and stress.

What, exactly, is “aromatherapy”?
The therapeutic use of distilled aromatic essential plant compounds (essential oils), has been a medical practice for thousands of years. These natural chemical compounds found in the roots, stems, bark, leaves and flowers of plants provide concentrated healing nutrition to the body. Lipid-soluble, they gently absorb through the skin and into the cells, cross the blood-brain barrier and address issues that cannot be touched using drugs or other methods.

Frankincense, long revered as a holy oil, protects the cells and functions of the body. Among other uses, its antidepressant, anti-inflammatory and calming effects abate symptoms of brain injury or dysfunction, and repair damaged tissues.

Bergamot is another mood-lifting multi-tasker which, when applied to traumatized tissues, prevents brain injury while enhancing brain neurotransmitters.

Pure essential oils are entering homes and medical institutions worldwide as gentle, effective sleep aids and antimicrobials, proven to reduce inflammation and stimulate healing. Unlike their synthetic counterparts, they are easy and safe to use, and bring with them no negative side effects and no risks of addiction.

“Aromatherapy” has evolved from “perfumery” to a proven science.

We know more about essential oils today than at any other time in history, as science proves their efficacy in protecting and stimulating repair in the tissues of the body, and the brain.

So what can I do?
* Nutrition is the cornerstone of good health. The purest essential oils and supplements provide the best nutrition for the tissues of your body. Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils guarantee the gentle, safe and effective results nature intended.

* A few key essential oils to have on hand for preventative maintenance and emergencies:
Bergamot, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Balance (blend), Serenity (blend). Use daily; topically, internally and aromatically, to improve brain and body tissue integrity.

* dōTERRA®’s Lifelong Vitality Pack, designed for total body health and cognitive function, provides powerful nutrition vital for health and healing. It includes xEO Mega: omega 3’s and 5’s with essential oils to support brain and heart health.

* Reduce your body’s toxic load by drinking lots of good, clean water and reducing or eliminating processed foods.

* Wear your seatbelt.

* Wear your helmet when riding a bike or horse or playing contact sports. Be sure your children wear helmets. (Wearing a helmet when bicycling reduces brain injury risk by 88%)

* Exercise your mind. Read books, solve puzzles, practice math and logic. Get (and keep) your nerve pathways moving!

“No head injury is too severe to despair of, nor too trivial to ignore.” —- Hippocrates

Copyright 2010 Tamalu Watkins and Scentelligence
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