138: How to Use Specific & Targeted Essential Oil Blends to Support the Brain & Parasympathetic Nervous System

138: How to Use Specific & Targeted Essential Oil Blends to Support the Brain & Parasympathetic Nervous System

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How to Use Specific and Targeted Essential Oils to Support the Brain & Parasympathetic Nervous System

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is one of my favorite people to talk to on one of my favorite subjects: the healing benefits (and safe use) of essential oils. Jodi combined her training in nutrition and aromatherapy to create Vibrant Blue Oils, a company that makes organic and wild-crafted essential oil blends carefully targeted to specific health needs. And she had good reason for doing so.

Essential Oil Blends for Anxiety, Insomnia, Adrenals, Autism, and More

Like so many of my guests (and like myself) her story starts with her own health struggle. Jodi credits essential oils for helping heal her anxiety, her insomnia, even autoimmunity (a tough one to tackle, as I know firsthand).

What’s more, Jodi is also a best-selling author and award-winning journalist. Her book Healing with Essential Oils has been wildly praised as one of the most well-researched consumer books on essential oils in years. She basically synthesizes decades of scientific research so that you can hit the ground running, and tackle your own health issues.

Jodi, thanks for being here! Let’s dive in …

In This Episode You’ll Learn

  • how Jodi fought her way through personal trials, adrenal fatigue, and even an autoimmune condition with the help of essential oils
  • why essential oils work, which oils to use, and how to use them properly
  • why dousing yourself in essential oils is like drinking water from a fire hose
  • how the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems affect our health (and which state moms may get “stuck” in)
  • a possible unintended consequence of the “Me Too” campaign
  • all about the vagus nerve and how it’s like a highway to health (or disease)
  • potential uses for essential oils and autism in kids
  • hormonal changes that take place when we go to sleep (and how to correct it if it’s out of balance)
  • three kinds of stress responses (and the correlating areas of the brain) … and how to switch off stress
  • why your brain actually shrinks while you sleep
  • Jodi’s quick and powerful tip for managing anxiety … and why you only need one nostril and lavender to do it
  • and more!

Resources We Mention

Learn more about Jodi (and order oils) at VibrantBlueOils.com

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What else would you like to know about essential oils? Have any favorite ways to use them? Please share in the comments or leave me a review on iTunes. I read each and every comment, and my guests often do too and might answer your questions!

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Reader Comments

  1. Thanks again for all of your great content.
    Love learning and working with EOs and wondering if you have anything on menopause in general – a vast subject I know, as it potentially affects women in such different and various ways?

  2. Wow I loved this. I have been struggling with how to use my oils for the best affect. I want to re listen to the part about the vagus nerve so I can better understand it, that was new to me. I will take a look at her web site and book as well. Loved the way you moved things along so the interview wasn’t stagnant.

  3. Thank you so much for this interview! I’m working with some anxiety after a surgery I had last year and I think these oils will be helpful.

  4. I really enjoyed this talk and I’m planning on buying a few of the Vibrant Blue oils mentioned! I also wanted to point out that all washing machines, weather front loading or top loading, have the potential for mold growth. I personally use a few drops of tea tree oil with my natural detergent in my washer with all my laundry. I have been doing this for years and have never had any fire problems. It keeps the laundry and machine fresh and clean. It is also the only thing I have found to get rid of a serious athletes, sweat smell! I hope this helps others! Thank you for the informative podcast!

  5. Great info thank you! I’ve learned the quickest way to get Essential oils into your bloodstream is by smelling it and next way is topically. 26 seconds it’s found in bloodstream. I do believe in taking them internally but I use a brand of EO that’s FDA approved for internal use. The supplements I take are Essential Oil infused and have made a big difference in my wellness.

  6. Hi Katie and Jodi,

    I was recently at a conference for pediatrics (holistic) and the presenter with many years of experience working with kids cautioned us on using undiluted oils topically on children. She said that straight oils were a big burden for the liver to process. Can you comment on this please?

    Many thanks!

  7. This is absolutely fascinating. With the clove and lime blend, would I use carrier oil or apply neat? How many drops of clove and how many of lime and when during the day would I apply it? Is it applied to the back of the actual earlobe or the skull bone behind?

  8. Wow..I never heard that essential oil can be useful for autoimmunity! I am so glad that I found this helpful post.

  9. I have a friend who needs help. She is getting HORRIBLE stress/anxiety induced headaches that intensify during her time of the month. There are a ton of tension headache and anxiety recipes out there. She has used the PastTense oil but the relief is very short lived. I need help finding the right blend for her. Could you possibly advise me about this? She is a single mom and this is seriously affecting her life. She is going to see a neurologist soon. But she is a big believer in EO’s and asked me for help.
    Thank you!

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