THE GIFT of a Healthy Brain: Strategies to Protect and Restore Optimum Brain Function

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As many of my friends, family and clients know, I have had my brain challenges.  The good news is that my brain now functions better than it ever has before and I intend to make sure it stays that way.

My past periods of depression and compromised brain function were the result of various factors including, body and brain pollution from toxins, toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT), stress and stress sensitization, and lack of resilience.  You can read about how I was affected by all of these in my blog posts and website ‘about‘ page. I am grateful for the information, guidance and natural strategies that have helped to restore my brain health.

With the looming statistics for dementia, which my mother suffered from, and Alzheimers, my focus moving forward is on preventing mental decline as I age.

What did it take to restore and improve my brain to better health?

What am I doing to protect my brain?

The preceding information may seem daunting.  It took me 10 years of research and trial and error strategies to make major gains in my health.  I now feel healthy, energetic and more resilient. I have condensed all of the information and resources that brought me to ‘my healthier me’ and you can use my  holistic protocol (guide) to achieve your ‘healthier you’.  It works! Each new client receives a copy of my book and uses it as a guide to help them restore and maintain their health.

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RESEARCH: Credible resources for using essential oils for dementia and Alzeihmers 
is an online community dedicated to advocacy, education and supporting those whose lives have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Alzheimers.net was created by people touched by Alzheimer’s, to give caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s a place to share our passion for change and a cure for the disease. 
 
Mayo Clinic on aromatherapy for dementia – 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/aromatherapy/faq-20058566

Pub Med, US National Library of Medicine – “WE FOUND AROMATHERAPY AN EFFICACIOUS NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL THERAPY FOR DEMENTIA. AROMATHERAPY MAY HAVE SOME POTENTIAL FOR IMPROVING COGNITIVE FUNCTION, ESPECIALLY IN AD PATIENTS”. 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20377818

Research Gate – ArticleinPsychogeriatrics 9(4):173-9 · December 2009 with 553 Reads

DOI: 10.1111/j.1479-8301.2009.00299.x · Source: PubMed  “In conclusion, we found aromatherapy an efficacious non-pharmacological therapy for dementia. Aromatherapy may have some potential for improving cognitive function, especially in AD patients.”  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/43079177_Effect_of_aromatherapy_on_patients_with_Alzheimer’s_disease
 
Alzeihmer Society – “There is some evidence that aromatherapy may be effective in helping people with dementia to relax, and that certain oils may have the potential to improve cognition in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Research has specifically highlighted the potential benefits of the use of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) to improve cognition and mood in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, and lavender oil to reduce occurrences of aggressive behaviour in dementia.”
 
News – Medical Sciences:   
 
Japanese scientists have isolated active compounds in several plant medicines. These techniques helped the scientists identify and isolate active compounds found in Drynaria rhizome, a plant medicine that can improve memory. It has been proven to reduce disease characteristics in mice models with Alzheimer’s disease.

A 2012 study shows that rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), a common plant used to distil essential oil, can also help improve cognitive performance in healthy adults. Also, rosemary can boost brain performance.

In another study in 2013, scientists found that rosemary may enhance the ability to remember events. Also, it helps people keep future tasks in mind. Since memory loss is one of the hallmark symptoms of dementia, this function could make rosemary oil and important component of therapy to combat dementia.

Scientists also found that six essential oils, namely thyme, rose, clove, eucalyptus, bergamot and fennel, are capable of suppressing the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme. The effect is similar to that of resveratrol, one of the important compounds that gives red wine its health benefits.

Of all the essential oils, thyme produces the highest reduction in COX-2 levels by about 75 percent. The other essential oils reduced the COX-2 level by 25 percent. COX-2 is an inflammatory enzyme that has been also linked to the development of AD”  https://www.news-medical.net/health/Aromatherapy-for-Dementia.aspx

Alzeihmers & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzeihmers Association 
 
Anti-Alzheimer’s disease effect of essential oil from aerial parts of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bge  – 

http://www.ijcem.com/files/ijcem0059161.pdf

Neuroquantology – Progress of Essential Oils in Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease –

 EO, as one of the effective constituents of natural plants, is more and more recognized by people for its medicinal value and health care value. Through the analysis of different pathogenic mechanisms of AD, the anti-oxidation of EO against acetylcholinesterase inhibition, Aβ depolymerization, free radical injury and the protection of PC12 injured cells, it can be seen that EO of various plants has the activity of preventing and treating AD. The use of EO has many kinds of ways, such as oral administration, fumigation, smearing and so on. Combined with its excellent anti-AD activity, EO has the potential value of developing natural drugs for the treatment of neurogenic diseases. At present, more studies on anti-AD activity of EO are ongoing, but we haven’t made clear the key components of many plants’ essential oil, the synergetic effect of each component in EO, and in-depth anti-AD mechanism, which needs more researches.   https://www.neuroquantology.com/index.php/journal/article/view/1583

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Moving forward, my brain protection strategy includes the essential oil brain protection blend below.  Read the research information above to determine which oils you feel you should add to your personal blend:

My Dementia and Alzeihmer’s Neuroprotective Blend

  • Frankincense – 4 drops (abates age related dendritic regression in the hipppocampus, anti-cancer )
  • Clove bud – 2 drops (reverses memory and learning deficits, anti-cancer)
  • Rosemary – 5 drops (improves cognitive performance, abates age related dendritic regression in the hipppocampus, anti-cancer)
  • Copaiba – 2 drops (neuroprotective)
  • Melissa – 5 drops  (neuroprotective, anti-cancer – glioblastoma)
  • Lemongrass – 4 drops (neuroprotective)
  • Lavender – 4 drops (calming)
  • Add the preceding drops to a 10 ml roller ball bottle and top up with Fractionated Coconut Oil or a mix of grapeseed/olive oil. Apply to the toes (brain reflexology points) and brain stem twice daily.

Check with your regular healthcare provider before using essential oils or other recommendations found on my website, books and blog – there may be contraindications due to medications, health conditions or other factors.

Get started using essential oils for a healthier you and healthier brain!

Wishing you optimum health and happiness!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P. Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

Sources:

Melissa officinalis – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3555743/

 
                        –   https://draxe.com/hypothalamus-function/                                                                                                                                           Copaiba Oil – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3291111/

 

INDOOR AIR QUALITY: A Potential for Compromised Brain, Nervous System and Overall Health

The Good and Bad of Indoor Air Quality

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Fall brings cooler temperatures yet maybe not cool enough to turn your furnace on. One of the challenges during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall is to maintain good indoor air quality. While a furnace is functioning there is usually a fresh air intake from the outside. During the shoulder seasons and for some all year, while you are using other forms of heating such as fireplaces, wood stoves, electric heaters (baseboards) or water boiler heating – your home is not receiving daily infusions of fresh air. The resulting accumulation of poor indoor air from painting, paint stripping, heating with kerosene heaters, cooking, daily activities or engaging in maintenance and hobby activities; can come with serious health challenges including compromised brain and nervous system function. To maintain optimum health it is important to lower the concentrations of indoor air pollutants in your home and to increase the amount of outdoor air coming indoors. So open your windows often, especially during shoulder seasons to clean your air and all year if your do not have a heating system with fresh indoor air intake. Run your furnace fan on auto to circulate the fresh air that you take in. Make sure your furnace has an external fresh air intake. Learn more about protecting indoor air quality at https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air…/improving-indoor-air-quality.

Protect your brain, nervous system and overall health by improving indoor air quality.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P.

Holistic Wellness Practioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca elisabethlhines@gmail.com

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BRAIN & NERVOUS SYSTEM FUNCTION RECOVERY: More is Possible!

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I have personally spent years improving my brain function after some serious brain trauma.  Exposing my brain to toxic chemicals, heavy metals and chronic stress in the past had a disastrous impact on my brain and nervous system; and every function they were responsible for. The good news is that I have been able to heal from my ‘compromised’ brain and nervous system function using a variety of natural strategies.  I now help clients to achieve improved brain and nervous system function using my holistic protocol. You can find my protocol in my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation.

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Included in my holistic protocol is essential oil therapy.  Using research based information I customize essential oil combinations for clients based on their symptoms, to help them improve their brain and nervous system function. One of the amazing oils that is showing promising research that I add to the customized combinations is therapeutic grade rosemary essential oil.

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According to the Daily Mail health article:

How a sniff of rosemary could boost the memory because it helps the chemicals in the brain

  • Compound that gives the herb its distinctive smell aids a brain chemical
  • That chemical – 1,8-cineole – is the key to memory and can be boosted
  • Rosemary found to help long-term memory and ability to do simple sums
  • Study also discovered it improved ‘prospective memory’ in most people

You can read about the research by clicking on the links at the end of this post.  To order your therapeutic grade rosemary essential oil contact me.

For your customized essential oil combination for improved brain and nervous system function contact me.

Never give up!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P.

Holistic Wellness Practioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca elisabethlhines@gmail.com

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3381642/How-sniff-rosemary-boost-memory-helps-chemicals-brain.html#ixzz4tt1JryxO

The Therapeutic Potential of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Diterpenes for Alzheimer’s Disease

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4749867/

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HEAVY METALS: Dangerous To Your Brain

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Heavy metals are a serious concern and found to be responsible for many environmentally related illnesses.

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I work with many clients who have various health challenges including compromised brain function and memory. For each person that presents with compromised health I recommend various detoxification and healing strategies.  There are many natural substances that can bind with harmful toxic and foreign materials found in the brain and body. Once these have been detoxified from the body and brain, the body’s natural healing capacities can function unobstructed. Your brain can recover.

Aluminum is an extremely harmful substance often found in the brains at autopsy after an Alzheimers death. Aluminum is found in deodorants, foil, cooking utensils, air pollution, tap water and vaccines.

Doctors Are Now Warning: If you use aluminum foil, stop it or face deadly consequences!

This is an excellent video by a doctor on the subject: http://launch.newsinc.com/share.html?trackingGroup=69016&siteSection=americanoverlook&videoId=31638091

The first step in eliminating heavy metal related health challenges is to start avoiding heavy metals from everyday usages and exposures.

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The body has many detoxification abilities which may need some help.  Effective detoxification requires healthy liver function. Make sure you are drinking the right water to promote healthy natural detoxification. Learn more about what natural substances bind with toxic substances in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION. You will find a chart of binding and detoxifying substances with research links.  Some essential oils taken internally can also promote detoxification of the harmful substances in your body.  Learn more by contacting me.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

MEMORY: Where, Oh Where, Have You Gone?

 

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The cartoon that I have selected above for this post has a double meaning.  Your brain/mind is like the operating system of your computer.  We all know how messed up our computers can get at times. We’ll, our brains/minds can also get messed up by a number of interfering/damaging factors – resulting in compromised brain computer memory.

I know that memory loss is no laughing matter.  My mother suffered from serious memory challenges – dementia – in her late 80’s. Our hope as a family was always that it never got to the point where our mother didn’t know us.  A fall in her 80’s where my mother broke 6 ribs, combined with her having no recall of the incident and prescribed limitations imposed due to the injury – has presented additional care challenges.

Memory loss is a sad reality that many people have to face as they watch their parents age. Many people even younger are experiencing memory issues. So what is going wrong? Do people who live in the ‘blue zones‘ of the world experience the same degree of compromised memory?

Memory involves three processes: encoding, storage and retrieval.  These processes are carried out by various parts of the brain. Obviously something is going ‘wrong’ in the brain – resulting in compromised memory.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPROMISED MEMORY?

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT COMPROMISED MEMORY?

Scientific studies on Melissa oil for Alzheimer’s has provided positive results.  In latest human trials, aromatherapy using rosemary is an efficacious non-pharmacological therapy for dementia and may have some potential for improving cognitive function, especially in Alzheimer’s disease patients, due to its free radical scavenging activity.  Essential oil therapy is an important holistic therapy to add to your ‘well-being toolbox’ to help in your pursuit of ‘symptom free’ status. Check out the neuroprotective ‘memory protection’ essential oil recipe that I use.

Wishing you and yours optimum memory as you age!

Let me get you started on your essential oil therapy for memory improvement.

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Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P.

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Sources:

http://www.psr.org/environment-and-health/confronting-toxics/heavy-metals/

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003257.htm

http://www.webmd.com/brain/memory-loss

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/in-depth/memory-loss/art-20046326

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2221169115001033

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NATURAL CURES: Protecting and Repairing Your Blood Brain Barrier to Restore Mental Health

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Is Your Blood Brain Barrier Intact? Could It Be A Factor In Your Mental Health?

Mental illness is a scary condition. I have personally ‘been there’ several times.  One in 4 people will be affected by some kind of mental condition this year and 1 in 5 people will suffer from depression and anxiety. Those statistics are extremely concerning, mostly because these conditions can precipitate suicide.  My heart goes out to all persons who are affected by mental conditions, directly or indirectly.  Since I am now 100% free of depression; I feel compelled to share what I have learned – so that you can reap the same symptom free status. I work with clients with various health challenges including depression using my holistic protocol to help them eliminate their symptoms.

A healthy, properly functioning blood brain barrier is crucial to mental health. Understanding your blood brain barrier (BBB) is one of  the first steps to restore your mental health.

The blood brain barrier is made up of a layer of cells, including endothelial cells, that fit together tightly so that harmful and unwanted substances cannot pass out of the bloodstream. Some substances, like glucose, are allowed to pass through.

A healthy blood brain barrier:

  • protects the brain from ‘foreign and harmful substances’ in the blood, as well as hormones and neurotransmitters. These substances can alter brain and body chemistry. What is your brain/body’s chemical equation made up of?
  • prevents large molecule substances from passing through to the brain
  • prevents low lipid (fat) soluble molecules from penetrating into the brain (some drugs rapidly cross through into the brain)
  • slows down highly charged electrical molecules

Identifying Factors That Damage or Compromise Your Blood Brain Barrier

There are many factors with the potential to compromise your blood brain barrier – altering your brain/body chemistry and normal brain function.

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http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/bbb.html

  • high blood pressure opens/compromises the BBB.
  • developmental challenges (pollution/distress in utero and birth) compromise the BBB
  • microwaves open/compromise the BBB
  • high concentrations of substances (e.g. alcohol, drugs, chemicals) in the blood can open/compromise the BBB
  • brain/body pollution can open/compromise the BBB
  • environmental toxins (e.g. neurotoxins – found in fragrances, air fresheners, laundry, personal care and cleaning products, air pollution) can open/compromise the BBB
  • radiation opens/compromises the BBB
  • infection and viruses open/compromise the BBB
  • inflammation opens/compromises the BBB
  • restricted blood flow compromises the BBB
  • trauma compromises the BBB
  • chronic stress hormone production compromises the BBB

HOW’S YOUR BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER DOING?

Did you know that lead can cross a healthy blood brain barrier? I found that out the hard way. I pumped leaded gasoline at my father’s service station as a teenager. Lead has been connected to depression and memory difficulties. Imagine what other unwanted substances might be crossing your blood brain barrier regularly.

Where does all the lead come from? Check out these sources http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/sources.htm.

Where do all the other harmful substances come from that can harm and pass through your blood brain barrier?http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/bodypollution.pdf

How do you get lead and other harmful substances out? You’ll find out at the end of the post.

Protecting and Repairing Your Blood Brain Barrier

Now that you understand the importance of a healthy blood brain barrier to mental health, you will be better equipped to start implementing strategies that can cure your condition.

The second step requires implementing strategies to protect and repair your BBB and rewrite your mental health equation. Collectively these will provide you with the natural cures to restore your mental health.  In my personal journey to become 100% depression free,  I used specific natural strategies and supplements therapeutically.  The natural strategies included detoxification, mind/body healing, neuromuscular biofeedback, visualization, rejuvenation, herbs, nutrition, goal setting and changing limiting beliefs into surpassing beliefs – a holistic health methodology.

Certain vegetables have been shown to help repair the blood brain barrier. I provide a customized holistic protocol email consultation package which includes diet changes to promote blood brain barrier repair. Contact me to get started.

Dealing with depression requires a good understanding of exogenous and endogenous contributing factors. Each mental illness equation shares common denominators that can be eliminated using a holistic health approach.  Learn more  about these. My holistic protocol which includes information on detoxification and natural strategies for better health can be found in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION

Targeted, customized visualizations like body scan visualization #10 in THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION can help you restore your blood brain barrier and brain chemistry. The blood brain barrier is semi-permeable and should only allow some things to pass through.  Think of it like a sieve that is only supposed to allow some things to pass.  Damage can allow other substances to pass through causing unwanted symptoms.  You may have noticed unwanted symptoms after eating out or spending time in areas with poor air quality. This could indicate that you have a compromised blood brain barrier.  

Essential oils can help to repair the blood brain barrier and the brain for healthy brain function. I provide a customized holistic protocol email consultation package which includes essential oil therapy and other natural strategies (including specific supplement recommendations) necessary to promote blood brain barrier repair. Contact me to get started.

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Essential oils that help the brain for any conditions:

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Frankincense is the essential oil of choice for any kind of brain disorder. Frankincense has a molecular makeup that includes sesquiterpenes, that is able to cross the blood/brain barrier. These sesquiterpenes stimulate the limbic system of the brain and other glands within the brain, promoting memory and releasing emotions. There are additional oils that help to promote brain repair. I provide a customized holistic protocol email consultation package which includes essential oil therapy to promote blood brain barrier repair. Contact me to get started.

Start diffusing essential oils today for improved well-being – contact me.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0169409X/64/7

http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/frankincense-oil.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=505567649547791&id=313013145469910

Top ten food additives to avoid – https://www.foodmatters.com/article/top-10-food-additives-to-avoid

Unhealthy phthalate chemicals found in restaurant foods –    https://consumer.healthday.com/environmental-health-information-12/chemical-health-news-730/unhealthy-phthalate-chemicals-found-in-restaurant-food-732441.html

DO NOT STOP TAKING YOUR PRESCRIBED MEDICATION OR TREATMENTS. Discuss your planned strategies for recovery with your regular healthcare provider.  There may be contraindications due to health status, medications or other factors.

Consider essential oils therapy for overall well-being.   Contact me to learn more.

 

ENJOY better mental health today! You too can restore your mental health!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

Copyright © 2013, Elisabeth Hines

All rights reserved. No portion of this post may be copied and distributed in any manner without the written permission of the author or publisher and associates.

Sources:

Neuroscience For Kids – http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/bbb.html

The Davis Lab, The University of Arizona – http://davislab.med.arizona.edu/about

The Dana Foundation –
Breaches in Blood-brain Barrier Might Lead to Later Psychiatric Illness by Kayt Sukel – http://www.dana.org/news/features/detail_bw.aspx?id=26938

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