The Brain

Essential Oils for the brain

The brain, an organ the size of a small head of cauliflower, resides in the skull and is the control center of the body. The brain is the most vital organ to everyday life functioning and, together with the spinal cord and peripheral nerves, makes up the central nervous system, which directs, coordinates, and regulates voluntary (conscious) and involuntary (unconscious) processes. Sensory nerves throughout the body constantly gather information from the environment and send it to the brain via the spinal cord. The brain rapidly interprets the data and responds by sending messages with motor neurons to the rest of the body.

Scientists have found that certain parts of the brain perform certain functions. The frontal lobe, where the limbic system is located, helps regulate emotions and trauma, assists with reasoning, planning, and problem solving, and is involved with some language skills. The parietal lobe aids with recognition and interpreting data, orientation, and movement. The occipital lobe is connected to visual processing, and the temporal lobe supports perception, auditory processing, memory, and speech.

Due to its important role in managing and directing all organs, systems, and body processes, the brain has several layers of protection including the skull, the meninges (thin membranes), and cerebrospinal fluid. The brain also has what has come to be called the “blood-brain barrier,” which keeps cells of the nervous system separate from cells throughout the vascular system (the rest of the body).


How Essential Oils Work with the Brain

Essential oils powerfully benefit brain function and processes. When used aromatically, such as diffusing oils into the air or inhaling oils directly from bottle or palms of the hands, essential oils directly access the brain through the olfactory bulb and are able to initiate almost immediate physical and emotional responses in the brain.

Due to their unique chemical constituents and the fact that they are carbon based, essential oils are able to permeate the protective blood-brain barrier and provide support for the brain. Certain essential oils are comprised of specific chemical constituents like the brain oxygenating molecules of sesquiterpenes, such as frankincense and sandalwood, have a particular affinity for supporting the brain. Essential oils with antioxidant and inflammatory response properties are also particularly important for maintaining a healthy brain.

Essential Oils for Brain Support

Single Oils

Black Pepper — Contains important antioxidants*; diffuse to soothe anxious feelings; can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Cedarwood — relaxes the mind and the body; can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Clove — contains powerful antioxidant properties.*

Frankincense — supports healthy cellular function; crosses the blood-brain barrier.*

Ginger — Delivers antioxidant protection*; creates a sense of equilibrium; can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Myrrh — Promotes emotional balance and well-being; can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Patchouli — Provides grounding and balance emotions; can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Rosemary — Helps reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue*; enhances cognitive performance, memory and mental alertness.

Sandalwood (Aloes) — promotes optimal brain function; crosses the blood-brain barrier.

Spikenard — can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Thyme — promotes a sense of alertness.

Vetiver — Is rich in sesquiterpenes, which gives it a grounding effect; can cross the blood-brain barrier.


Zendocrine Detoxification blend — Purifying and detoxifying to the body’s systems;* Delivers powerful antioxidants.*

DDR Prime Cellular Complex blend — Promotes a healthy response to free-radicals* ; contains oils that can cross the blood-brain barrier.

In Tune focus blend — Enhances and sustains a sense of focus; contains oils that can cross the blood-brain barrier.

Immortelle anti-aging blend — A blend of powerful oils in every drop; contains oils that can cross the blood-brain barrier.


Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex™ — Provides optimal levels of vitamins and minerals essential for developing and maintaining healthy bone mass and density.*

Alpha CRS® + cellular Vitality Complex — Supports healthy cellular immune function.*

doTERRA A2Z Chewables™ — Contains a superfood blend that helps support overall health and wellness.*

Zendocrine Detoxification Complex — Helps cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals that can slow the body’s systems down.*

xEO Mega® Essential Oil Omega Complex — Promotes healthy cardiovascular, nervous, and immune system function.*

™ Whole Food Nutrient — Supports healthy immune function.*

 Usage Tips

For most effective use of essential oils for brain benefits:

Topical — Apply oils topically to forehead, back of skull (especially in occipital traingles), under nose, roof of mouth (place oil on pad of thumb, place on roof of mouth and suck). Use reflex points on foot for brain, namely underside of big toe, also reflex points on outer ear for brain.

Internal — Take oils in capsule, place a drop(s) under or on tongue near back of throat or sip from glass of water.

Aromatic — Diffuse oils of choice to stimulate brain allowing entry through the nose to olfactory system.


Do no use essential oils internally unless they are labeled for dietary use. Look for the Supplement Facts box on the label. Avoid oils labeled “for external use only”, “for aromatic use only”, “not for internal use,” or “do not ingest.”