This is the third video in my series to support mental health that focuses on essential oils. In the previous posts and videos, I discussed how these plant metabolites and their isolates influence our brains’ biochemistry. I highlighted an article review that described how essential oils and their compounds balance nervous system signaling pathways, such as GABA, serotonin, opioid receptors, ion channels, and other neurotransmitters. Although there are caveats of translating mechanisms of actions from petri dish, to rodents, and then to mammals, these studies provided validation for the current use of essential oils for neurological and psychiatric applications.
In this 8- minute video, I review five things about essential oils that are important to know when using them for mental health. In the future, I will explore how this knowledge can be clinically applied to humans regarding specific essential oils and their uses.
Watch this 8-minute video to learn:
- How a single intervention will not medicate away all the underlying factors that result in psychological symptoms.
- A holistic and integrative medicine provider’s approach to mental health.
- How essential oils impact our physical, emotional, and biochemical brain.
- Essential oils have general effects, but how biochemical individuality will ultimately determine the effect in the individual.
- The three concepts to consider when selecting an essential oil.
- Essential oils’ actions beyond the brain that also enhances emotional well-being.
- Safety first!
Please see the accompanying article for additional resources, safety considerations, references, and more information here.
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*Safety reminder: Please be extra sure to check with your doctor if you have a seizure disorder. The Epilepsy Society of the UK lists certain essential oils implicated for their antiseizure effect as well as those that have stimulating properties.
For additional safety and medical information, please be sure to visit my essential oils database. This includes a full category on how to use essential oils safely and potential drug interactions that can occur.
If you and/or your physician are interested in consulting with me to assist with supporting the integration of essential oils safely into a therapeutic protocol, essential oils consultations are available.
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.