Nervous System

nervous sytem

The nervous system is a complex system of nerves and specialized cells that allows the body to transmit and receive messages. It serves as the body’s primary control and communications center, responsible for transmitting and receiving messages between every other system in the body.

The sensory function involves transmitting data from sensory receptors, which register internal and external stimuli to the central nervous system (CNS), where it is processed by the brain. The CNS relies on the sonscious and subconscious signals from the body’s sensory receptors to make it aware of any threats. It is also charged with the higher functions of language, imagination, emotion, and personality.

When the CNS receives sensory input, a complex network of neurons in the brain and brain stem evaluates, categorizes, and files this information, making it available for decision-making and future retrieval. After the incoming sensory signals are evaluated, a signal is sent through the nerves of the peripheral nervous system (PNS) to effector cells, which release hormones or otherwise cause the body to respond to the stimulus.

The somatic nervous system (SNS), which is part of the PNS, directs the conscious, voluntary movements of the body. The autonomic nervous system (ANS), on the other hand, controls all the involuntary neurons, those that do not require conscious direction to the function, such as cardiac, visceral, and glandular tissues.

The ANS is further divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. The sympathetic system is responsible for the body’s fight or flight response which, when activated, increases respiration, heart rate, and adrenaline and stress hormone levels in the blood, whil suppressing digestive functions. The parasympathetic system takes over when the body rests and digests. This system tries to undo what the sympathetic system does when it encounters a threat, e.g. decreasing respiration and heart rate, while increasing digestion and waste elimination.

The enteric nervous system (ENS) is yet another division of the autonomic nervous system and is in charge of regulating the digestive system. As mentioned above, it receives input from both the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions of the ANS, instructing it what to do. The majority of the ENS’s functions, however, are regulated independently, warranting the nickname “the second brain,” and rightly so, for it alone boasts as many neurons as exist in the spinal cord.

How Essential Oils Work with the Nervous System

Essential oils can facilitate the complex messaging that occurs throughout the nervous system. They help with homeostasis, circulation, and brain function (see Limbic System) as the brain interprets and sends out data. They even help the neurons transmitting and receiving messages to be more efficient due to their regenerative and soothing properties. They serve as a tonic for the nervous system.

Additional consideration for nerve support:

The Aromatouch Technique is the systematic application of 8 different essential oils that serve to strengthen the immune system, reduce stress and bring the body into homeostasis, enabling the body to function optimally.

Essential Oils for Immune System and Lymphatic System Support

Single Oils

Arborvitae — tonic for the nervous system.

Basil — stimulates, energizes and restores nerves, relaxes tension.

Bergamot — tonic for the nervous system.

Frankincense — provides nerve protection and supports nervous system.

Helichrysum — invigorates nerves and soothes discomfort.

Lemongrass — Stimulates nerves and electrical systems of the body.

Marjoram — Valued for its calming properties and positive effect on the nervous system.*

Rosemary — Helps reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue.*

Patchouli — tonic for the nervous system.*

Roman Chamomile — Soothes the systems of the body.*

Blends

In Tune focus blend — helps with mental focus

Aromatouch massage blend — promotes circulation

Deep Blue soothing blend — invigorates and stimulates nerves

DDR Prime Cellular Complex blend — Promotes a healthy response to free-radicals.*

Immortelle anti-aging blend — A blend of powerful oils in every drop.

 Targeted Nervous System Support

Autonomic Nervous System — basil, bergmot, dill, fennel, lemon, calming blend, digestion blend, grounding blend.

Central Nervous System — basil, black pepper (circulation to nerves), frankincense, grapefruit, lavender, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary (stimulant), anti-aging blend, cellular complex blend.

Parasympathetic Nervous System — lavender, lemongrass (regulates), marjoram, patchouli, wild orange, calming blends, grounding blend, respiration blend, tension blend.

Sympathetic Nervous System — cedarwood, eucalyptus, fennel (stimulant), ginger, grapefruit (stimulant), peppermint, cellular complex blend.

Supplements

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.*

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

doTERRA IQmega liquid essential oil omega complex

Microplex MVp Whole Food Nutrient — Supports healthy immune function.*

Deep Blue polyphenol complex

Mito2Max energy & Stamina complex

 Usage Tips

For best success in supporting the nerves and nervous system:

Topical — Apply selected oil(s) directly to target area, remembering to use a carrier oil if necessary to prevent sensitivity. Apply oil(s) to soles of feet, along spine, and at back of head at base of skull.

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

Aromatic — Diffusing or inhaling oil(s) can have direct impact on brain and nervous system via olfactory pathways.

Caution

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.”