Essential Oils and The Brain

Limbic System Brain.pngDid you know that our sense of smell is the only sense directly tied to the limbic area of the brain; which is considered the emotional control center? This means that when essential oils are inhaled, they go directly to the brain. Our other four senses — taste, sight, touch, and hearing — are first routed through the thalamus before reaching designated areas of the brain. Because the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, therapeutic-grade essential oils can have unbelievable physiological and psychological effects.

Each of the essential oils have therapeutic, stimulating, calming, sedative and balancing properties. When we inhale an essential oil molecule, it travels through the nasal passage to a receptor neuron that transports it up to the limbic brain, especially the hypothalamus. The limbic center in your brain is responsible for controlling all the physical, psychological, and emotional responses that your body performs based on the stimulus coming from the outside.

Thus, the ability of essential oils to target your limbic center make them a powerful tool in treating many health ailments. When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, tiny nerves send an immediate signal to the brain and go straight to work on the systems that moderate our minds and bodies. Inhalation can be the most direct delivery method of these incredibly nurturing components in essential oils, since the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain.

The limbic area is considered the emotional control center and includes the hippocampus (responsible for long-term memory), amygdala (associated with emotions), hypothalamus (regulates autonomic nervous system and hormones), and cingulate gyrus (regulated blood pressure, heart rate, and attention).

The specific molecules that essential oils are made up of are phenylpropanoids, monoterpenes, and sesquiterpenes. All three of these compounds have unique functions that contribute to the healing properties of essential oils, but sesquiterpenes likely have the greatest effect on the brain for several reasons. Sesquiterpenes can pass the blood-brain barrier. This barrier exists to protect the brain and only very small, lipid soluble molecules can pass; sesquiterpenes are one of those molecules. In fact, because they’re so small, they are capable of penetrating deeply into brain tissue. The fact that sesquiterpenes can cross the blood-brain barrier is particularly important since they’re oxygen carrying molecules. This increase in oxygen helps the brain heal. It can improve learning and concentration, increases energy, and supports the immune system.

In studies performed at Vienna and Berlin Universities, researchers discovered that sesquiterpenes, a natural compound found in essential oils of Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, and Frankincense, can increase levels of oxygen in the brain by up to 28 percent (Nasel, 1992). Such an increase in brain oxygen may lead to a heightened level of activity in the hypothalamus and limbic systems of the brain, which can have dramatic effects on not only emotions, but on learning, attitude, and many physical processes of the body such as: immune function, hormone balance, and energy levels. They can also reverse DNA damage and delete it from cellular memory.

Phytochemicals are the healing compound in essential oils. It’s interesting to learn that the very thing that gives an essential oil its characteristic smell is also what provides that oil with its healing ability. There can be hundreds of phytochemicals (plant based chemicals) within each drop of essential oil. Science is just beginning to learn exactly how each phytochemical works in the human body. These phytochemicals have funny names like terpenes, aldehydes, esters, ketones, phenols, oxides, sesquiterpenes, and many more. Each one works differently in the body. For instance, ketones (found in lavender essential oil, patchouli, hyssop) stimulate cell regeneration, liquefy mucous, and have calming properties. Aldehydes (found in lemongrass essential oil, melissa, and citronella) tend to be highly anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.

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References

The Limbic System. Aromatherapy Lifestyle, Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd 2010. Geoff Lyth

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22612017

The Effects of Lavender Oil Inhalation on Emotional States, Autonomic Nervous System, and Brain Electrical Activity. J Med Association Thai. 2012 April 95 (4):598-606.

Vinyasa Yoga

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Vinyasa Yoga

Tuesdays & Thursdays
10:30am – 11:30am
8/Classes / $120.00
No Gym Membership Needed

Class Dates:
1/8, & 1/10
1/15 & 1/17
1/22 & 1/24
1/29 & 1/31

Holistic & Integrative Wellness Center
Noroton Heights Shopping Center
300 Heights Road, Darien, CT
To register call (203) 644-6688

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BEMER Lunch & Learn

 

BEMER Lunch & Learn

Join us for a
BEMER Business Presentation

Thursday January 17 & 31, 2019
12 NOON EST!

It’s an informative 45 minutes focusing on the business opportunity behind BEMER.

Learn how you can build your future with BEMER!

Grab your lunch and laptop and get ready to learn!

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Noroton Heights Shopping Center
300 Heights Road, Darien, CT
To register call (203) 644-6688

 

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Myofascial Release & Ball Body Work Sessions

RECOVER – RESTORE – RELAX

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Ball Body Work Packages

30 minutes/each

1 Body Work Session $50

5 Body Work Session $225

45 minutes/each

1 Body Work Session $65

5 Body Work Session $300

Ball Body Work sessions include a series of body work using a variety of rubber balls to release tight connective tissue and muscles, restoring healthy circulation and glide between layers. These sessions can help you move with ease, release tension, and relieve chronic pain.

Myofascial release is a hands-on technique to loosen, relax, and recover your body from physical and daily stress. This hands-on technique can increase mobility, reduce muscle tightness, and improve posture. These sessions include the use of multiple foam rollers and balls of a various shapes and sizes to massage and stretch localized areas of the body.

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Workplace Wellness Matters!

Host a Wellness Workshop or Fitness Class at your workplace.

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Corporate Wellness Seminar Description

We offer a variety of wellness seminars and exercise classes that you can choose from to create a custom program that fits your organization’s goals. Weekly health and exercise classes can be scheduled during lunch time or after work hours.

Rules to Work-Life Balance – This seminar will help you find a work-life balance by setting boundaries, scheduling self-care, and eliminating negative thought patterns.

Vision Boarding – This seminar will inspire you, enlighten you, and motivate you to live the best life possible. You will create a vision board to layout your dreams and goals.

Healthy Back for Life & Ergonomics – This seminar will teach you the tools to reduce back and neck pain. You will get the tools to evaluate the ergonomics of your personal workstation.

Stress Be Gone – This seminar helps to decrease stress related illnesses and improve staff productivity with deep stretching and breathing techniques.

Superfoods – This seminar will teach you what foods to incorporate in your diet for a healthy lifestyle and increased energy.

Mindset – This seminar will coach you to train your brain to think positively and increase your personal strengths.

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Corporate Exercise Class Descriptions

We offer a variety of exercise classes to keep your employee’s motivated and inspired to get fit and stay fit.

The Workday Workout – This class will get your muscles and heart pumping. This 45 minute express workout can help boost morale and increase productivity.

Total Body Tune Up – This class will use multiply modalities to bring your body back into balance and tranquility.

Vinyasa Yoga – This yoga class includes mindful deep breathing combined with yoga poses and stretches that promotes a healthy mind and body.

Meditation for Beginners – This meditation class uses mindful deep breathing and visualization to relax and reduce stress.

Limber Up – This stretching class will increase joint mobility, reduce stress, and muscle tension.

Mat Pilates –This class uses mat based Pilates to strengthen the core, support the spine, and create body awareness.

The Power of Good Posture – This class uses body awareness and postural analysis to improve posture, reduce stress, and muscle tension.

Absolute Core – A highly effective workout that targets the abdominals and back muscles to increase abdominal strength and core stability.

Foam Rolling –This class includes lots of deep tissue rolling and myofascial release techniques. By performing self-myofascial release techniques on a foam roller, you can improve flexibility, reduce muscle stiffness, alleviate pain, restore motion and improve circulation.

Meditation in the Workplace

Mindful Meditation

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The intension of meditation is to bring the body to a state of harmony, peace, tranquility, and awareness. There are numerous clinical trials of the positive effects of meditation. Mindful Meditation has been shown to help reduce stress, anxiety, and offer deep relaxation.

Meditation has been found to result in significant elevation of positive mood state and decrease in stress and cortisol levels.  Research on mindful meditation has demonstrated a reduction in symptoms of anxiety, panic, depression and even chronic pain.

Meditation has been demonstrated to exert a positive influence on the hormones and stress-related disease.

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Transcendental meditation is the most evaluated meditation technique in use today. Research has demonstrated a decrease in hypertension, cholesterol, insomnia, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and depression.  The TM technique originated as an ancient Vedic approach to health introduced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is described as a simple mental procedure practiced for 20 minutes, twice a day while sitting comfortably with eyes closed. A distinctive state of psychophysiological rest occurs where the meditator experiences a state of thought in the form of a mantra or a sound.  This state is deeply relaxing and it has been described as a wakeful hypo metabolic physiologic state.

Research on TM shows increased longevity, and improved cognitive functioning in seniors. TM has also demonstrated lower baseline levels of respiration, heart rate and cardiovascular disease

Source: Mosby’s Complementary & Alternative Medicine

By Allison Milano- Stolar, MA

Health Fitness Specialist

www.inspiretrainfit.com

Workplace Wellness

Take a Stand!

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Are you sitting too much?

Research shows that the average American sits 10-12 hours a day and the effect of sitting too long are harmful to your health. It’s important to take breaks from your desk as much as possible throughout the day. Smart phones. Tablets. Laptops. Computers. All this technology is changing our posture and harming our health. Your neck bent down. Your shoulders and back rounded. This creates an imbalance of our head, neck and spine.

Besides the obvious, sore neck, shoulders and back pain, poor posture can lead to depression, poor memory, moodiness and even low self-esteem.

How can you combat the technology slouch? There are simple ways to improve your posture at work, at home and at the gym.

Simple stretches you can do to take breaks from sitting at your desk.

  • Back Stretches
  • Forward Bend
  • Leg Stretches
  • Chest Openers
  • Standing Spinal Stretch
  • Side Lateral Stretch
  • Shoulder Stretches
  • Shoulders Shrugs
  • Posterior Shoulder Stretch
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Sitting is the new smoking

Simple exercises you can do to take breaks from sitting at your desk.

Sit less, walk more…

  • Take the stairs
  • Take a walk during lunch
  • Yoga in the office
  • Pilates in the office
  • Desk Push-Ups
  • Foam Roll in the Office

 

Stay Strong & Fit during the Flu Season

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Regular exercise is one of the best immunity boosters to prevent catching the flu.
Many large corporations provide on-site gyms or memberships. If your small to mid-size business cannot provide these services but want to help employees stay healthy and fit then Inspire Fit Train can help. Inspire Train Fit offers wellness seminars, exercise classes, and incentive programs aimed to inform, teach, and assist corporations in the goal of total employee health and wellness.

Mind, Body, and Spirit Wellness Seminars

The Workday Workout – This class will get your muscles and heart pumping. This 45 minute express workout can help boost morale and increase productivity.

Total Body Tune Up – This class will use multiply modalities to bring your body back into balance and tranquility.

Vinyasa Yoga – This yoga class includes mindful deep breathing combined with yoga poses and stretches that promotes a healthy mind and body.

Meditation for Beginners – This meditation class uses mindful deep breathing and visualization to relax and reduce stress.

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What are the benefits?

 

Benefits for the Company

Increased job performance and satisfaction

Increased productivity

Enhanced corporate image

Reduced absenteeism and sick time

Enhanced morale and work relations

Boosts employee retention rate

Increased camaraderie

 

Benefits for the Employees

Reduced stress and stress-related illness

Increased relaxation and energy

Improved memory and body awareness

Improved happiness and creativity

Enhanced overall health

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allison@inspiretrainfit.com

www.inspiretrainfit.com

203-644-6688