Essential oils are uniquely suited to cross the blood brain barrier to access and heal the brain.
Diet and supplements, while critical in healing the body, have proven limited in accessing the brain, with the notable exception of essential fatty acids and liposomal based remedies which, like the brain, are fat based.
This is because the brain is primarily comprised of fat. We know that like attracts like which is one of the reasons that oil pulling works. According to Dr. Bruce Fife in his book Oil Pulling Therapy, “When you put oil in your mouth, the fatty membranes of the microorganisms are attracted to it. As you swish the oil around your teeth and gums, microbes are picked up as though they are being drawn to a powerful magnet. Bacteria hiding under crevices in the gums and in pores and tubules within the teeth are sucked out of their hiding places and held firmly in the solution.”
In the same vein, several of the practitioners with whom we work closely are finding that essential oils can be used to rebalance the brain.
Essential Oils are Small and Lipid Soluble
This is due in part to the fact that essential oils are fat soluble and the brain is comprised primarily of fat. But one of the key reasons essential oils are so effective in their ability to access and heal the brain is the fact that the volatile compounds of essential oils are extraordinarily small making them uniquely suited to cross the blood brain barrier. Once crossed, essential oils can rapidly absorb and interact with receptors in the central nervous system to help support healing.
The unique combination of the small and lipid soluble nature of essential oils seems to play a key role in their unique effectiveness as lipid solubility seems to be an important factor which helps to facilitate passage through the blood-brain barrier. For example, water soluble molecules don’t usually penetrate into brain tissue, even if they are very small.
This is one of the reasons that essential fatty acids like omega-3 supplements work so well to support brain health. In fact, researchers in Sweden have found that omega-3 supplements can cross the blood brain barrier and assimilate into the brain which helps them calm inflammation. Similarly, the fat soluble nature of essential oils allows them to permeate the membranes of the skin before being captured and drained into the circulatory system.
How do you use essential oils to heal? You can learn more about essential oils on our website.