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oxygen in the brain

Post by michaelg » Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:57 am

I have read that essential oils can increase oxygen in the brain. What would be the most effective oil and method of use for this? Are there reports of dramatic results or is it a more subtle effect?

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Re: oxygen in the brain

Post by Ananda Staff » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:49 pm

Frankincense is considered to oxygenate the body fairly well, though I'm having a hard time finding the data beyond the theory. Many believe that since oxygen molecules make up a significant portion of essential oil chemistry, this results in oxygenation of the cells as the oils degrade within our systems. Oils DO cross the BBB, (just inhale and there you go!). But I still have to find that missing link.

However, Peppermint will really open the sinus passages and increase physical oxygen absorption in this manner. This is something you can definitely feel.

MANY oils are shown to sharpen mental acuity; they've been shown to reduce neurotransmitter breakdown, but the research does not mention yet oxygenation. It mentions limitation of the action of acetylcholinesterase, thereby preventing the breakdown of acetylecholine - making more available. Oils shown to improve 'smarts' through diffusion include Lemon, Sage, Rosemary, and many bright, herbal oils.

If anyone can quote the data, I'd be interested too, and will keep an eye out for it ;)


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Re: oxygen in the brain

Post by Rebecca » Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:44 am

I found an interesting read on this subject, it is titled the blood brain barrier and explains the elemants of many of the EO's it has mostly to do with DNA corrections in cancer cells but includes a list of EO's that cross the blood brain barrier and deliver oxygen to the cells. My permissions won't allow me to post links so I have just copied the text. You'll find the information on oxygen under SESQUITERPENES

By David Stewart, Ph.D.,R.A.

It was thought for years that the interstitial tissues of the brain served as a barrier to keep damaging substances from reaching the neurons of the brain and the cerebrospinal fluid. Instead of a barrier, it would be more accurate to consider it as a sieve or filter through which only molecules of a certain size or smaller can pass.

Most of the molecules of the substances used in chemotherapy are too large to pass through the blood-brain filter, which is why doctors say that chemotherapy doesn't work on brain cancer. Some of the smaller molecules get through, but not the whole suite of drugs intended.

Doctors don't know for sure, but it seems that in order to cross the blood-brain barrier, only molecules less than 800-1000 atomic mass units (amu) in molecular weight can get through. Lipid solubility seems to be another factor which facilitates passing through the blood-brain barrier. Water soluble molecules don't usually penetrate into brain tissue, even when very small. The molecules of essential oils are all not only small, but lipid soluble as well.

In fact, when it comes to essential oils, small molecules (less than 500 amu) are what they are made of. That is why they are aromatic. The only way for something to be aromatic is for the molecules to be so small that they readily leap into the air so they can enter our noses and be detected as odor and smell.

That is why oils for cooking or massage, such as corn, peanut, sesame seed, safflower, walnut, almond, canola, olive and other oils pressed from seeds are not aromatic. Sure, they have a smell, but you can't smell them across the room in minutes as one can when you opens a bottle of peppermint, hyssop, or cinnamon oil. Essential oils of every species cross the blood-brain barrier.

This makes them uniquely able to address disease, not only from a physical level, but from a more basic and fundamental level-that of the emotions which are often the root cause of physical illness.

Because of the tiny molecular structure of the components of an essential oil, they are extremely concentrated. One drop contains approximately 40 million-trillion molecules. Numerically that is a 4 with 19 zeros after it: 40,000,000,000,000,000,000. We have 100 trillion cells in our bodies, and that's a lot. But one drop of essential oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our bodies with 40,000 molecules. Considering that it only takes one molecule of the right kind to open a receptor site and communicate with the DNA to alter cellular function, you can see why even inhaling a small amount of oil vapor can have profound effects on the body, brain, and emotions. Sometimes too many oil molecules overload the receptor sites, and they freeze up without responding at all, when a smaller amount would have been just right. This is why we say that when using oils, "sometimes less is better." Sometimes more is better, too. Knowing the difference is the art of aromatherapy.

Essential oils are mixtures of dozens, even hundreds, of constituents, all of which are composed of carbon and hydrogen and sometimes oxygen. All essential oils are principally composed of a class of organic compounds built of "isoprene units."

An isoprene unit is a set of five connected carbon atoms with eight hydrogens attached. Their molecular weight is only 68 amu, which is very small, indeed. Molecules built of isoprene units are all classified as "terpenes." Terpenes are what make essential oils unique in the world of natural substances.

Phenylpropanoids are compounds of carbon-ring molecules incorporating one isoprene unit. They are also called hemiterpenes. There are dozens of varieties of phenylpropanoids.

They are found in Clove (90%), Cassia (80%), Basil (75%), Cinnamon (73%), Oregano (60%), Anise (50%), Peppermint (25%). While they can create conditions where unfriendly viruses and bacteria cannot live, the most important function performed byphenylpropanoids is that they clean the receptor sites on the cells. Without clean receptor sites, cells cannot communicate, and the body malfunctions, resulting in sickness.

Monoterpenes are compounds of two isoprene units, which is ten carbon atoms and sixteen hydrogen atoms per molecule- molecular weight 136 amu. There are an estimated 2,000 varieties of monoterpenes.

Monoterpenes are found in most essential oils: Galbanum (80%), Angelica (73%), Hyssop ((70%), Rose of Sharon (54%), Peppermint (45%), Juniper (42%), Frankincense (40%), Spruce (38%), Pine (30%), Cypress (28%), and Myrtle (25%).

While offering a variety of healing properties, the most important ability of the monoterpenes is that they canreprogram miswritten information in the cellular memory. With improper coding in the DNA, cells malfunction and diseases result, including lethal ones such as cancer.

Sesquiterpenes are compounds of three isoprene units, which is fifteen carbons and twenty-four hydrogens per molecule- molecular weight 204 amu. There are more than 10,000 kinds of sesquiterpenes. Sesquiterpenes are the principal constituents of Cedarwood (98%), Vetiver (97%), Spikenard (93%), Sandalwood (Aloes) 90%, Black Pepper (74%), Patchouli (71%), Myrrh (62%), and Ginger (59%). They are also found in Galbanum, Onycha, and Frankincense (8%).

Sesquiterpene molecules deliver oxygen molecules to cells, like hemoglobin does in the blood. Sesquiterpenes can also erase or deprogram miswritten codes in the DNA. Sesquiterpenes are thought to be especially effective in fighting cancer because the root problem with a cancer cell is that it contains misinformation, and sesquiterpenes can erase that garbled information. At the same time the oxygen carried by sesquiterpene molecules creates an environment where cancer cells can't reproduce. Hence, sesquiterpenes deliver cancer cells a double punch-onethat disables their coded misbehavior and a second that stops their growth.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has said that if they could find an agent that would pass the blood-brain barrier, they would be able to find cures for ailments such as Lou Gehrig's disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease. Such agents already exist and have been available since Biblical times. The agents, of course, are essential oils-particularly those containing the brain oxygenating molecules of sesquiterpenes.

The big triple punch combination of "PMS" (Phenylpropanoids, Monoterpenes, and Sesquiterpenes) found in essential oils is very powerful in addressing many illnesses, injuries, and disease conditions. That is because this combination offers the following:

First, you clean the receptor sites allowing the proper transfer of hormones, peptides, neurotransmitters, steroids, and other intracellular messengers. (The Phenylpropanoids do that.)

Second, you deprogram or erase the wrong information from cellular memory stored in the DNA. (The Sesquiterpenes take care of that.)

Third, you reprogram the cells with the correct information so they can function properly. (The Monoterpenes do this.)

These three classes of chemical components are why essential oils can sometimes affect a healing that is nearly instant and also permanent. What they simply do is to restore the body back to its natural state of balance and health. While a specific oil may have one or two of these three classes of compounds as its predominant chemistry, all the Biblical oils contain some of all of them. This is one secret to their amazing healing abilities.

So there you have it in a nutshell: The way the blood-brain barrier works and the biochemistry of one of the ways essential oils can help achieve a healing.

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Re: oxygen in the brain

Post by flossy » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:05 pm

rebecca thank you so much for this information.

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Re: oxygen in the brain

Post by Rebecca » Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:02 pm

flossy wrote:rebecca thank you so much for this information.
You're welcome Flossy, I received your email but found no way to reply to it.
In answer to your question in regards to my knowledge of EO's I don't really have any. My daughter had me try peppermint and lavander EO's when a had congestion in my sinus' and chest and it worked, my grandson suffers bad from allergies and it's been working great for his congestion too. I found that lavander also relieves stress headachs. Then one day when I went for a massage I noticed that there was a cool mist difuser in the massage room and found it to be very relaxing and enjoyable so I got an EO difusser and wasn't satisfied until I upgraded to a cool mist fountain diffuser which I enjoy considerably. So basically I've just started expirmenting with oils for different little ailments to find what works for me.
All of the information I've posted in this forum is just what I've found doing internet research. The above info was very difficult to come by and I couldn't tell you now where it was even found but I found it very interesting and thought I'd share it for others to consider.
I have lung cancer that there is no treatments for so what the heck, I figured why not give it a try? It certainly can't hurt me. I have no way of knowing if it is of any use at all as I feel no reason to keep having tests to show my progress. I've already given in to the fact that the cancer is going to kill me and don't see reason to keep spending lots of $$$ for tests to show me how fast.
My thoughts on the above is that if it helps my body in anyway to fight back then it may keep me alive to enjoy another day with my family. I have no expectations, high or low. But I have bought the highest % from each of those groups that I can get my hands on and I use them several times daily. I also throw in a few others with healing properties and rose EO for its energizing properties(said to energize at the cellular level) because I figure if you give your cells more energy they may be able to accomplish more.
You seem to know that the environment is de-energizing us all faster than we can keep up, thus your comment in the email about people turning into zombies underneath. I found that to be the best description of the commmon condition I had seen yet. I have also moved to the lake for fresh air that I believe we all need. There's just something refreshing about the air by the water, when I lived in the city I always felt like I couldn't find fresh clean air to breath so I would go out to the country to walk when I had the chance.
If a miracle should happen and I live through this dreadful illness I would be forever greatful, but if I only gain more time to be with my family then I am also greatful. If not, I had nothing to loose and everything to gain by trying this.
The only thing I feel from it so far is that I sleep better and that in itself makes me feel better to get through the daily tasks. I certainly don't feel like super woman but feeling more rested helps in a lot of ways.

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