BRAIN HEALTH | 10.08.2019 | BY SHILO ZELLER, BSc.
The practice of aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years, but only recently has it been studied scientifically to understand the benefits and power of scent. Physiologically, use of essential oils is still beneficial for those that have had their sense of smell affected post-injury.
So what essential oils are especially important for brain health? Peppermint has been shown to give us more energy and improve physical performance. Furthermore, there is evidence that peppermint essential oil can also boost cognitive performance and decrease mental fatigue.
Frankincense has been shown to reduce inflammation and promote blood flow (which ultimately increases the amount of oxygen in the brain and blood). Inflammation and lack of oxygen are common during and after brain injury and frankincense can play an important role in promoting brain-healing mechanisms.
Lastly, lavender oil has a calming and relaxing effect on the brain and is vital when recovering from a TBI and/or concussion. Lavender oil has also been shown to decrease blood pressure, heart rate, and overall slow the nervous system, especially in stressful situations.
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