essential oil scientific research on the human brain

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This is so interesting, a must-read for updates on essential oil scientific research on the brain:

Ananda Apothecary wrote:

Scientific research regarding health and medical applications of essential oils is going on regularly at universities and other facilities around the world. Many of these studies are immediately applicable to aromatherapy practitioners for improved health and well-being, while others spark interest in the potential of essential oils as a part of future medicine protocols. Modern scientific research is regularly confirming aromatherapy’s practical medical applications!

Here’s a look at two important journal publications just released about direct effects of essential oils in the brain, reviewed by the staff at Ananda Aromatherapy of Boulder, Colorado.

In the first study, performed at the Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of Shizuoka Japan, Tarragon, Inula, Lavender and Tulsi~Holy Basil were tested for their ability to inhibit acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity. In other words, their ability to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, the primary information-handling neurotransmitter. Supplements with this action are becoming more and more popular with regular folks trying to increase their smarts, and are used to treat dementia (Alzheimer’s) by increasing the amount of acetylcholine in the brain.

Of the essential oils tested, Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) produced in France had the highest inhibition of acetylcholinesterase, though all the oils tested showed significant AChE inhibitory activity. All the oils were analyzed by GC/MS to find the individual natural chemical constituents of the oils which produced this effect. Of real interest is that 1,8-Cineol had the greatest inhibitory activity of all the constituents examined. Why this this interesting? Rosemary essential oil has long been considered a mental stimulant (we find in the office to be particularly brightening) and has been studied for this effect, improving mental focus in humans through a variety of tests. The primary component of Rosemary essential oil is 1,8-Cineol (it is also a major constituent of Eucalyptus oils, used for invigorating massages and steam treatments).

Also of great interest was that the effect of these constituents relative to their amounts in the complete natural essential oil was not very high — meaning the complete essential oil, with nature’s balance of the chemical constituents, was synergistically more effective than the singly-extracted molecules. This is a theme in aromatherapy: that the complete natural essential oil will generally have more benefits than a single ‘active ingredient’ extracted in a laboratory — Therapeutic grade oils are those that retain the natural balance of the plant’s, with proper harvesting and distillation methods.

The second study very much ties in with the first, as it demonstrates the ability of Lemon essential oil to directly prevent dementia (Alzheimer’s).

How can you benefit from these studies? The best method is to find a cold-air nebulizing diffuser. These employ no water or other carrier, and make a very fine mist of essential oils that easily evaporate into your room. These are the only diffusers that create high concentrations of essential oils in the air — enough to show measurable biochemical effects. A ‘warming’ diffuser or other non-nebulizing style will allow you to smell the aroma, though the concentration will be significantly lower.

read more at; http://www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils-news/2009/04/aromatherapy-research-update-essential.html

Best Aromatherapy Books on Chakras

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Books about AROMATHERAPY AND CHAKRAS (Amazon links):

highly recommended reading:
Essential Oil Recipe Blends & Dilutions for Energy Work; Clearing & Balancing the Chakras

The Fragrant Heavens by Valerie Ann Worwood. the spiritual aspects of aromatherapy.
Also by Valerie Ann Worwood; The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood and Emotion ,
Aromatherapy for the Soul: Healing the Spirit with Fragrance and Essential Oils .also by Valerie Ann Worwood.
Anita Slotte’s ” Tools for Transformation ” article, http://www.alternativeculture.com/spirit/chakra.htm
Aromatherapy information; http://www.bhia.org/aromatherapy.htm
Chakra information; http://health.indianetzone.com/aromatherapy/1/essential_oils_chakras.htm
Wonderful website on chakras; Suzanne Bovenizer’s website ; http://www.suzannebovenizer.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/aromatherapy-and-the-energetic-bodies

MORE READING ON CHAKRAS AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE :

MORE OF MY ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE ARTICLES:

February love: Valentine’s Day articles

I love February, and not just because it’s the month of my birthday 🙂 (lol). But  because February is also the month of love, and is always one of the busiest months of the year for me, and I LOVE being busy – it hightens my energy!Image

Sooooo…I though why not share some of my Valentine’s articles with you; from gift ideas for your vexing valentine to essential oils for love…

enjoy! and give your love a big squeeeeeeze! 🙂

Quote of the day… ~ “Well behaved women …

LOL.. I love this quote ~ “Well behaved women seldom make history..”~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich begins her new book with it; http://ow.ly/czkPv

 

Have a beautiful day!!!…..<3…<3…<3

♪ ♩ ♫ ♥ ♫ ♪♪ ♫ *✘♥✘♥✘¨* •. ¸ ¸♥ ♪❤(๑˘ᴗ˘๑)❤♪

2012 a year for big changes

2012 is finally here, and as so many of us do this time of year… making resolutions for ourselves and families isn’t always the easiest thing to stick to. We may have the best of intentions, and start out with a bang, but so many give up or don’t give ourselves the chance to make them work. And some don’t even make an attempt thinking they’ll never stick to it anyway, so why bother.

But this year is different. …especially since  there are so many big prophecies and talk that 2012 will be a deusey of a year…. maybe even the end of life as we know it…let’s make our best efforts to take all of our aspirations and wishes and put them on the front burners. All of those dreams you’ve stashed away in the back of your minds and hearts are dying to be released and realized. Give them a chance!

With such a tumultuous world surrounding us, changes are about the only thing that are certain, and so many of us are lost and feeling a bit hopeless; that we will never find our purpose in life, or whatever we may be searching for.  It seems everyone I run into these days has been through major life changes with their lives being turned upside down. Some see it as good, and others as a horrible thing, but either way, change is inevitable. So we might as well embrace the changes with an attitude of  positivity… that these things are happening for reasons unknown to us but are part of our ultimate destiny.

My hopes for this year are simply that everyone finds what they are looking for. …whatever that may be.

 

Love and light to you all!!

Common Limiting Beliefs

We all get into self-deprecating and limiting beliefs about ourselves sometimes, but if we can change how we look at things and focus on the positive in our lives…. we can drastically improve our overall health in mind-body-and-spirit.

Here are some typical limiting beliefs that are amazingly common;

“No pain – no gain.”
“I need to have lots of money to be happy.”
“I can’t trust anybody.”
“You can’t get over a bad start in life.”
“I am too old to learn to use a computer.”
“I never get what I am after.”
“Other people are better than me.”
“I do not deserve to be successful.”
“I have reached my limits.”
“I need to work very hard to have enough money to live.”
“Success takes a very long time.”

These and similar beliefs are only true if you act as if they are. Suppose they are mistaken? what difference would that make?

In the process of achieving your goals, sometimes just being able to articulate any existing limiting beliefs and in turn noticing their effect is enough to alter or dissolve your old unwanted belief and therefore change and update your own reality.

 

Take a minute to think about and then do something positive for yourself everyday.

Positive message about worry tension, fear and pity

“I’m going to change the world and this is my plan…”

Worry is an energy that many associate with Love. But this is untrue. Worry is like saying to someone, “ Oh you poor thing. I know you are incapable of handling this problem/karma. You are not smart enough or capable enought to do it.” It devalues the person/s involved in the situation. Sending them love, faith and confidence in their ability to get through the problem adds a beautiful and positive energy to the situation.

Tension and anxiety are also very negative energies. When you hold tension or anxiety in your body you will block your spirit from being fully embodied. Spirit lives in openness and radiance and cannot enter places where tension and anxiety are held. Work on breathing deeply into your whole body and exhaling out through the pores of your skin. This will help you establish more room for your spirit and the spirits of those you are thinking about to be fully embodied.

Fear is also an inappropriate emotion to hold at this time. Fears contract your body and close it also to spirit. Holding trust and faith in the future is needed. In order to accomplish this work on the breathing like we mentioned above. Clear any beliefs connected with the fears. And don’t be afraid to feel the fear and breathe through. It is an ego issue-not a reality.

Pity is another emotional energy in yourself to heal and not let yourself believe in. When you feel pity for others (or yourself) you tend to breathe in an imploding manner and take on the energy of those you feel sorry for. This adds to the dilemma by adding you as another victim to the problem. However, compassion with detachment is the positive energy to learn to replace pity with. When you feel compassion with detachment it is a very loving and caring emotion. You will radiate it instead of imploding as with pity. The Buddhist have a lot of teachings about compassion with detachment which can contribute to the healing of the problem instead of adding to it.

So if you are feeling worry, tension, fear or pity treat these energies like an issue to be cleared. And learn to replace them with Love, Faith, Confidence, Trust, deep breathing, and compassion with detachment  adding to the healing and well-being as you do

~Many thanks to Ten Nebula for great words!

DAILY AFFIRMATION:

“I release any tensions, worries, fears, or feelings of pity for myself or others. I am replacing them with love, faith, trust, confidence, and compassion helping to create a balanced and healed self, country, home, (or said person), etc. “

Happy August 1st! Angel Therapy: Daily Dose ( #DailyDose )

Hello beautiful!

Wishing you a gorgeous new month!!! …<3

August is upon us, and with all that is going on in our lives, sometimes we get frustrated, depressed, or stumble headlong into our problems without taking a good look at them first, and realizing that they are just problems, and everyone has them. We might put all our attention into things that cannot help us, but only hurt us. But I received some excellent advice, (once again) from a beautiful angelic friend… Archangel Raphael. … healer…

Sometimes problems are there to help us see things we need to see in our lives. Maybe they are there to help us be stronger, or aid us in seeking a better way to deal with how we handle issues in our lives. Or maybe they are just there because this is how it is meant to be.

God always has a plan for us, whether we understand that plan is an entirely different thing..it isn’t necessarily there for us to understand at all, but to just accept and move on… and do the best we can with any situation we are given.

Sometimes we need to step away from ourselves to get a clear and true picture of what is really happening.  When taking a look at our problems from the outside it is much easier to see light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak, than when we are immersed and surrounded by them. And other times, it is just best to give them up for there is nothing we have in our power to do about them… this is when we call upon God, and our angels for help…

Today I drew the Archangel Raphael who’s wise Angel Therapy advice is:

“Give your cares and worries to us angels, and allow us to take your burdens.”

Such beauty in this simple statement. If we give our worries up to God and his able angels, we can then focus on the important things in our lives… things that we should be putting our energies into to better our lives, and help ourselves be all we are meant to be.

Additional message from Archangel Raphael:

“Have you asked us angels for help with your situation? We can only help if you give us permission. Right now, close your eyes an take a deep cleansing breath. …………………………………………………….

Then mentally call upon your guardian angels and the archangels to help you. Don’t outline how you want to be helped; just tell us what situation you’d like help with. Most important, be open to receiving help as it comes to you. The help might be in the form of a hunch, and intuitive idea, or a direct intervention. If you receive any repetitive guidance, it’s important that you follow it. “

Ask Archangel Raphael to surround anything needing healing with his emerald green aura. Emeralds and malachite gems are tuned to this green color as well and may also be used when deaing with Archangel Raphael.  (Click here to read more about Archangel Raphael , Essential Oils Attuned to Archangel Raphael, Colors and Gemstones / Crystals Associated with Archangel Raphael, and Prayer / Meditation Asking for Raphael’s Assistance) .

So instead of focusing on the negative thoughts, on all those things that would bring us down, make us sad, or take us away from what we could be doing that would better our existence, let us give up our worries to God and his angels ….. Archangel Raphael reminds us, and let’s concentrate on the positive.

Sending you lots of light and love…. thanks for reading and check back for more from Doreen Virtue’s Archangel Oracle Card readings , #DailyDose

Daily Affirmations: Being Your Own Good Friend

No one defines our worth unless we let them.

Here’s a hard truth that some of you will hate to hear: If you don’t stand up for yourself and specifically ASK for what you want, need and deserve in life, you probably won’t get it.

What better way is there to make a positive change?

Affirmations.

Believe it. — affirmations, especially daily affirmations, are one of the best ways to make small, positive changes in our lives.

Courage Cards are an amazing tool made just for this.

Years ago, an amazing friend gave me this deck of 52 affirmation cards that claimed to,

“help overcome anxiety, find courage, and gain self esteem”.
 

Empower Yourself!  ( #dailyaffirmations )

This is the message that’s coming cross loud and clear.

As each day waxes and wanes,  so too must our thoughts, feelings, and actions–along with the ebb and flow of our society, our planet, and time itself.

We cannot change the world without first changing ourselves“…. every great prophet, philosopher, poet, preacher, etc.. has proclaimed this in some form or another since time began.

I’d love to share them with you. Thank YOU! Sue Patton Thoele (author of the The Woman’s Book of Courage ) for Courage Cards.

Courage Cards are Women’s Affirmations for Empowerment and Peace of Mind. So every day I’m going to choose a card and share it with you.

Today  is: Wednesday, July 6, 2011

7/6/11 –in numerology = 6 – Karmic Lesson Discipline

I drew BEING YOUR OWN GOOD FRIEND  which states,

“I deserve to have what I want and need.

 

That sums it up about perfectly. Try being your own best friend, tell yourself the truth, be honest and non-judgemental .

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FOR the DIY-ers!:

You can find Courage Cards here (at Amazon)