As I’ve reported in my latest articles, essential oils and their compounds have verified pharmacological effects on brain biochemistry. Through their intricate makeup, these delicate yet powerful substances have the potential to balance out the inhibitory and excitatory signals in the nervous system. The ability to therapeutically apply substances that have hundreds of synergistic molecules found within them is profound. It has important implications in dealing with mental health and disorders of the central nervous system.
In my initial posts, I provided a background on the advantages of using integrative medicine interventions for addressing the many factors involved in brain health, not just the physiological effects. I highlighted the well-known antioxidant NAC (N-acetylcysteine) as an example of how one supplement can have multiple effects on different aspects linked to emotional well-being. These volatile plant substances also address mental health in multiple ways. Not only can they affect the biochemical balance of the nervous system, they also simultaneously impact the physical and electrical aspects of cognitive functioning. They are truly holistic in that they can simultaneously support all aspects of health- physiological, emotional, relational, and spiritual.
My latest blog dives more into the details on what you need to know about how essential oils support mood and mental health. This will set the basis for understanding how their mechanisms in petri dishes, rodent studies, and human clinical trials can be combined to ultimately determine their general effects in a population.
Although every individual is different, based on their biochemical individuality, it is important to have a broad-based understanding of essential oils’ overall effect on neurotransmitters. This is for doctors and patients alike who want to incorporate integrative medicine tools into their mental health treatments.
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This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.