Common symptoms and complaints that may indicate the need for some type of restorative essential oil therapy, include:
Mental and physical fatigue, poor memory, concentration and inability to focus.
Associated complaints that may benefit from these restorative, revitalizing essential oils include:
Weight gain, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, hypoglycemia, migraine headache, restless leg syndrome and sleep disorders.
A study on ‘Olfactory Influences,’ published in PubMed in 2017, found clear and consistent evidence that lemon oil inhalation enhances positive mood and increases the release of norepinephrine.
As a neurotransmitter (chemical messenger) in the central nervous system, norepinephrine can improve energy, increase alertness and arousal, as well as speed reaction time. Norepinephrine, also known as noradrenaline, is both a hormone and a brain neurotransmitter, or chemical.
Norepinephrine increases heart rate and blood pressure, triggers the release of glucose from energy stores and increases blood flow to skeletal muscle.
Low levels of norepinephrine can cause lethargy, inattention, and lack of focus and concentration. Low levels of norepinephrine can result in alterations in sex and adrenal hormones can cause neurotransmitter imbalances.
Low levels of norepinephrine may lead to conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, and hypotension (very low blood pressure).
Low levels of epinephrine and norepinephrine can contribute to a variety of physical and mental conditions, including:
- Migraine headaches.
- Restless leg syndrome.
- Sleep disorders.
- Weight gan.
Scientists have discoverd that caffeine has profound effects on most of the major neurotransmitters, including norepinephrine.
Studies in humans have shown that caffeine increases both cortisol (stress hormones) and epinephrine (improves energy and alertness) at rest. It was shown that levels of cortisol after caffeine consumption are similar to those experienced during an acute attack of stress. Drinking coffee has the effect of re-creating stressful conditions in the body.
While essential oils increase your norepinephrine levels without having such adverse, detrimental effect.
Research is now showing that dieting and exercise will not help you lose weight. In fact, dieting leads to weight gain. This is called ‘dieting-induced weight gain.
Medications have been developed that specifically target your ‘type’ of weight gain problem.
However, ALL types of weight gain issues need increased levels of norepinephrine.
Stimulant Super Oils
Lemon (Citrus limon) - Promotes short circuiting of emotional triggers for sweets and second helpings. Research shows lemon oil increases your ability to focus.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) - Better than coffee as a stimulant. Can help clear brain fog and improve ability to focus and sustain attention. Research shows aroma helps drivers stay alert.
A study on the, Instant effects of peppermint essential oil on the physiological performance showed significant improvement in all of the variables after oral administration of peppermint essential oil.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct verbenone) - Powerful restorative oil after long illness. Research shows boosts memory recall.
A study was conducted on the use of the, ‘Fragrance of Essential Oils to allerviate Fatigue.' Essential oils of Rosemary, Clove, Orange and Peppermint were assessed for improving energy levels. "The results provided an experimental basis for developing a new sort of natural antifatigue spray. They also indicate that the EOM (Essential Oil Mixture) could be used to achieve antiphysical fatigue effects by sniffing.”
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) - A rejuvenating body tonic. Promotes happiness. Eases tension.
Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) - Eugenol was the primary component in clove oil that showed its effectiveness as an anti fatigue remedy. Clove and cinnamon leaf oil share many common characteristics which is not surprising as eugenol is the main constituent in both oils.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) - Energizing and uplifting effect.
A review of the effects of olfactory stimulation with grapefruit oil on autonomic nerve activity and physiological function showed increases in lipolysis (fat burning), thermogenesis (increased body heat), and blood pressure, and a decrease in food intake.
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