We love learning about the science of essential oils from Dr. Oliver Weneker. He recently posted some interesting research that he is just starting about the effects of Young Living essential oils on our brains. Enjoy reading his post below! We’ll add more information as it becomes available.
If you can’t see the whole post, here’s what it says:
Today we did some real-time brain mapping while smelling 11 different oils. The results were very cool! As expected we saw within seconds real-time activation of left frontal and temporal brain (the left side is the analytical side responsible for focus and attention) by essential oils containing Peppermint, Lemon, and spices such as Rosemary, Clove, and Cinnamon Bark.
A calming and happy limbic system was seen when using blends containing Lavender, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Lime, and Copaiba. Frankincense, Lavender, and Copaiba by themselves also showed a calming effect on the limbic system especially in the region of the amygdala (the limbic system is the site of emotions and the amygdala combine memories with fight and flight reactions).
We recorded everything and the video is about 50 minutes. We will repeat the test using fewer essential oils and limit the recording to about 15 minutes before we publish it here.” —Dr. Oliver Wenker
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