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A Memory, Brain Health and a Friend’s Story

10 years ago my marketing professor friend and I would make the hour-long trip. We’d trek up the 215 freeway to the High Desert to judge a marketing competition.    She shared stories of her recently adopted little girl. I told of my children’s university experiences.   

Time has flown by.   Her little girl is now 15 and yes, her son is 12.   My children have since married and have littles:)

Last year my friend reached out to me.  She has early onset Alzheimer’s which presents itself as Primary Progressive Aphasia.   What does this mean? This mom, professor, and business owner now struggles with verbalizing her thoughts.  She now communicates through a keyboard and a screen.   

Her story shook me to the core.  Now more than ever I want to share the story of essential oils and how they can support the brain.

First let’s begin with what essential oils are and how they work within our body.   Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that keep the natural aroma and essence of their source plant.   Made of minuscule molecules that can penetrate and work at a cellular level in our body.  Each essential oil has a structure of natural chemical constituents that makes it unique.  This unique natural structure is why Peppermint stimulates and Lavender essential oil calms.

Let’s begin by focusing on one of these natural minuscule constituents, sesquiterpenes.   They can cross the blood-brain barrier.  Why is this important?  They are oxygen carrying molecules. This increase in oxygen helps our brain.  It can improve learning and concentration, increases energy, and supports the immune system.  Essential oils containing sesquiterpenes can be inhaled (aromatherapy) or applied to the body.  

Which essential oils are highest in sesquiterpenes?   

Beginning with the highest content is Cedarwood.  Cedarwood is a budget-friendly,  powerhouse essential oil.  Besides the value of sesquiterpenes on the brain,  Cedarwood is also grounding.

Vetiver is another essential oil high in sesquiterpenes.  Vetiver is also know as the oil of tranquility.  Diffuse 2 drops Vetiver, Cedarwood and Lavender for an amaz-z-z-z-z-zing night’s sleep.

Some more essential oils high in sesquiterpenes are Myrrh and Patchouli.

What other ways essential oils can support the brain?

Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils can be invigorating, awakening and energizing.  At that time of the day when you feel you want to nod-off try placing a drop or two of one of these on the back of your neck. 

Frankincense, Rosemary, Lemon and Peppermint essential oils are wonderful for concentration.   

Diffuser focus blend:   2 Drops each Frankincense, Peppermint and Lemon essential oils. You’ll see marked results in your concentration.

Brain Power promotes clarity and focus when used aromatically.  It’s perfect for settling down the kiddos in the late afternoon. This proprietary blend has been formatted to include those oils that are high in sesquiterpene compounds.

One of my cognitive favorites these last few weeks has been Clarity essential oil blend.  Diffusing this blend brings me the clarity, focus and  the alertness I need for virtual meetings.

Essential oils are an incredible wellness treasure for our brains.   They can oxygenate the brain, bring clarity, increase mental acuity and concentration.  

As I mentioned before now more than ever I want to share the story of essential oils and how they can support the brain.  How can you share in this story?  Join then Share what these  essential oils do and have done for you.  

Wellness is my passion for you,


This blog does not provide medical advice It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

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