Essential Oils That Boost The Brain & Heal The Body: 5 Steps To Calm Anxiety, Sleep Better, & Reduce Inflammation To Regain Control Of Your Health.

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I thought I knew everything there was to know about essential oils.

I've been using them ever since my father, Gary Greenfield, introduced me to the incredibly powerful oil of oregano nearly 18 years ago. I quickly adopted oil of oregano as part of my health regimen—using it for everything from supporting my immune system to balancing my gut microbiome to cleaning my teeth. 

I've also done tons of podcasts about essential oils, including:

I am constantly diffusing essential oils in my bedroom and office; sniff oils like peppermint, rosemary, and cinnamon pre-workout; rub oils into the feet of my children before they go to bed at night; and basically check every box of being a full-on, card-carrying essential oil hippie.

But, after recently reading the book Essential Oils to Boost the Brain and Heal the Body: 5 Steps to Calm Anxiety, Sleep Better, and Reduce Inflammation to Regain Control of Your Health by my friend Jodi Cohen, I wound up learning a host of new information and uses for essential oils I had previously been unfamiliar with. So naturally, I just had to get Jodi on my podcast.

Jodi is a bestselling author, award-winning journalist, functional practitioner, and founder of Vibrant Blue Oils, where she has combined her training in nutritional therapy and aromatherapy to create unique proprietary blends of organic and wild-crafted essential oils. She has helped over 70,000 clients heal from brain-related challenges, including anxiety, insomnia, and autoimmunity. Her website,, is visited by over 500,000 natural health seekers every year, and she has rapidly become a top resource for essential oils education on the Internet today.

Jodi believes that just as your cell phone or laptop slows down and drains the battery when too many tabs are left open, your brain fatigues when poorly functioning systems or ailments drain its energy. Complaints of brain fog, fatigue, and ADD/ADHD are on the rise and growing every year. All of these factors can block your brain's ability to detoxify and heal. If toxins are not eliminated, they recirculate in the brain, leading to inflammation, which further compromises your brain. What's more, formal diagnoses of brain-related health challenges like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS are increasing exponentially. Here's her good news: Plant-based essential oils are a powerful self-care tool for transforming your life and healing on many levels, even when prescription drugs have failed.

In Jodi Cohen’s five-step protocol outlined in her book, the body's natural systems are jump-started with essential oil recipe blends that can:

  • Alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Improve sleep
  • Calm pain and inflammation
  • Increase energy, sharpen focus, and improve memory
  • Improve digestion and promote weight loss
  • Strengthen the immune system

Armed with Cohen’s five steps in her book, and this podcast, you’ll be able to start your own essential oils regimen immediately and be on your way to a healthier body and brain.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-The Vibrant Blue Oils blend Jodi used during the interview that improves body circulation…09:05

-Stressful experiences that led to Jodi getting interested in essential oils…13:10

  • Jodi's husband was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and suffered from depression
  • Ingesting what she thought was the proper nutrition (trained as a nutritionist)
  • A friend gave her a gift of essential oils; said her gut was damaged to not ingest the nutrition she was taking in
  • Muscle testing technique to narrow into the most effective remedy
  • Suffering from insomnia
  • Pineal gland doesn't secrete melatonin when cortisol is released in excess
  • Researched essential oils and realized two things
    1. Very little was researched on how essential oils balance physiology
    2. Existing research was too complicated
  • Oils can be used for preventative medicine

-How topical administration of essential oils affects the vagus nerve and the organ system…21:06

  • Clinical practice inconsistent with the research
  • Topical application does not have a systemic benefit
    • Behind the ears for vagal nerve stimulation
    • Above the kidneys on the lower back for the adrenals
  • Clinical practice was inconsistent with what the research said
  • Research on topical application says it is not very effective
    • Applying topical application on a sore knee after a workout has an almost immediate effect but a topical application on the knee does not relieve soreness on your neck
  • Kevin Tracey, surgically implementing devices behind the ear to activate vagus nerve
  • FDA has approved this for epilepsy, migraines, and such
  • Stimulatory oils to trigger the parasympathetic nervous system (experiment with blends)
  • Acupuncture and oils alleviate stagnation and congestion with the energy
  • Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto

-What phenylpropanoids are…27:01

  • Plant constituents involved in flavonoid synthesis
  • Terry Wahls wrote foreword to Jodi's book
  • Advocates plant diversity and essential oils
  • Good for the digestive process, act as prebiotics
  • Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by David Stewart
  • Breast cancer treatments target hormone receptors and prevent cancer cells from metastasizing
  • Endocrine-disrupting chemicals
  • Essential oils are fat-soluble, can access the cell and clean cell receptors

-Application points on the body that can elicit a certain response with essential oils…30:30

  • Reflex points are on the bottom of the feet and ears
  • Big toe correlated with the brain
  • Err on the side of caution with a carrier oil
  • Parasympathetic blend has clove and lime for the vagus nerve; use as an acupuncture needle
  • Only pressed citrus blends may have potential for harm to the skin in the sun (distilled isn't as harmful)
  • Vagus nerve infection hypothesis
  • Mouth is a hotbed for most infections
  • The jaw drains near the earlobe where it intersects with the vagus nerve
  • Dr. Christine Schaffer of Immanence Health in Seattle
  • Topically applying oils on the neck has many benefits
  • Lymph is like a one-way street

-The best carrier oils for different situations…41:18

  • Different oils work differently as carrier oils
  • Fractionated coconut oils for the vagus nerve
  • Jojoba oil for slower, yoga-type effect
  • Most essential oil research looks at blends, not single oils

-How essential oils can be used to stimulate pineal gland function…43:18

  • Circadian Rhythm blend, with rose geranium, grapefruit, melaleuca, myrtle, lavender, myrrh, balsam of Peru, with fractionated coconut oil as carrier
  • Pineal gland releases melatonin in response to darkness
    • Melatonin is great for detoxifying
  • Blood-brain barrier doesn't protect the pineal gland; blood flow is very high in that area
  • Glyphosate, aluminum, and fluoride from the water hits the pineal gland harder than other parts of the brain (impedes ability to release melatonin)
  • Most remedies can't get into the brain due to the blood-brain barrier
  • They remove calcification, congestion
  • Remove chelation in the brain area
  • Skin above the ears is very thin, ideal place to apply oils
  • Things imbalanced in most people (as discussed in the book):
    • Stuck in the parasympathetic fight or flight state of the nervous system so they can't heal
    • Lack of sleep; sleep is when the brain detoxifies; the brain cleans house during sleep
    • Energy
    • Immune modulation
  • People report better recall of dreams and even erotic dreams using the Circadian Rhythm blend

-Using essential oils as anesthetics…49:13

  • Essential oils improve blood and lymph flow, relieve inflammation
  • Peppermint is efficacious for pain relief
  • Parasympathetic blend, with clove and lime, calms pain signals
  • Smelling as a general anesthetic – takes priority over all your senses
  • Nose cells are actually brain cells; calms your nervous system that way
  • Topically apply peppermint, basil, lavender, and frankincense for immediate relief

-How cinnamon oil is used for blood sugar regulation…51:51

-The 5 keys to health Jodi systematizes in her book…56:15

  1. Shifting the nervous system into parasympathetic
  2. Improving sleep and detoxifying the brain
  3. Fueling the brain with energy; lymphatic flow
  4. Reducing stress, improving mood, weight loss, and increasing energy
  5. Modulating the immune system
  • Inhale through the left nostril as an antidote to anxiety attacks
  • The Healing Code by Alexander Loyd
  • Apply on the forehead for hypothalamus to “reboot to factory settings”
    • The adrenals and the thyroid are controlled by the hypothalamus
    • The hypothalamus is the “CEO of the endocrine system”
  • Brain inflammation is responsible for fatigue, memory loss, pain
  • Immune cells in the brain are different from immune cells in the body
  • Frankincense can turn off inflammatory cascade in the brain (similar to CBD)
  • The most efficient way to apply oils is at the base of the brain

-A day in the life of an essential oils expert…1:04:19

-Compelling research Jodi has discovered since writing her book…1:09:08

-And much more!

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

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5 thoughts on “Essential Oils That Boost The Brain & Heal The Body: 5 Steps To Calm Anxiety, Sleep Better, & Reduce Inflammation To Regain Control Of Your Health.

  1. Howie says:

    What European sources of essential oils can you recommend?

  2. ozzy says:

    awesome podcast & show notes thanks Ben!

  3. Joe says:

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks as always, another informative podcast.

    Very interested in protocols that can reduce stress and improve sleep.

    Related to this, improving pineal gland health and function was mentioned. I recall this gland being mentioned several times in previous podcast and that due to modern living, fluoride exposure etc. it is prone to calcification. You’ve also mentioned a protocol, I think, that you follow to improve you pineal gland’s function prior to using psychedelics.

    In your estimation how concerned should I be regarding pineal gland calcification and what, if anything, should I do about it. (BTW I reviewed the transcript of the Ian Mitchell podcast and its a bit vague on the details and recommendations. Also have your book Boundless and could not find anything there).

    I am 60 years old, in above average health, and have been exposed to fluoridated water and tooth paste most of my life.


  4. Stacy Gomes says:

    Is there a discount code for the oils?

  5. patrick jackson says:

    I have chronic horrible brain fog. Is there anything for help? Essential oil?

    thank you Ben!


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