What are Terpenes? A Little Science Lesson…

How do Essential Oils work in the body to bring about healing?

What is the science behind Essential Oils? Here’s a little science lesson. Essential Oils have hundreds and hundreds of molecular compounds and chemical constituents in them. Some of those compounds are called “terpenes“. The Terpene family includes “monoterpenes“, and “sesquiterpenes“. All of the Terpen family have molecules that are small enough to cross the Blood Brain Barrier and increase the amount of oxygen in the limbic system of the brain. When the oils are inhaled, oxygen in the pineal and the pituitary glands are increased. This then sends signals for more endorphins to be secreted, it cleanses our neurotransmitters and increases our antibodies.

Essential Oils have chemical constituents that can cross the Blood Brain Barrier.

Essential Oils have chemical constituents that can cross the Blood Brain Barrier.

Most essential oils contain some of all three of these three types of terpens. This is the chemistry behind how Essential Oils work to bring about healing in the body!

Sesquiterpenes are principally found in these Essential Oils as follows: Cedarwood (98%), Vetiver (97%), Sandalwood (90%), Black Pepper (74%), Patchouli (71%), Myrrh (62%), Ginger (59%), as well as Vitex, German Chamomile, Spikenard, Galbanum, and Frankincense (8%).

Sesquiterpenes carry oxygen into the brain in the same way that hemoglobin carries oxygen through the bloodstream into the other parts of the body. They are oxygenating to human tissue and are especially effective in fighting cancer cells which cannot tolerate oxygen. Sesquiterpenes have also been found to increase the number of receptor sites in the brain and are now considered prospects for treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia.

It is the combination of Phenylpropanoids, Sesqueterpenes, and Monoterpens in Essential Oils that are also being considered and researched  for effectiveness against cancers and every other type of illness.

This is what they do~~
First: Essential Oils clean the receptor sites in the cells to allow the proper transfer of hormones and proper information between cells;
Second: Essential Oils “de-program” or “erase” the wrong information from cells stored in the MRNA and DNA.
Third:  Essential Oils “reprogram” the cells with the correct information so they can function properly and bring about a permanent healing in the body.

The Science of SMELL  –  How do Essential Oils work when they are diffused?

When Essential Oils are diffused into the air, the aromatic molecules are inhaled. They enter the body and interact with the body’s olfactory and limbic systems, which are connected to the brain.

The Limbic System controls:

  • Heart Rate
  • Blood Pressure
  • Breathing
  • Memory
  • Stress Levels & other emotions

Scents have a powerful & calming effect on the brain  which regulates all those systems of the body!

Watch this Video:   Vanderbilt Medical Center diffuses Essential Oils in the ER and the Essential Oils have a profoundly positive impact on the stress levels of the employees!

This is the basic chemistry and a very simplistic explanation for how Essential Oils work beyond the Blood Brain Barrier to bring about healing in the body!



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