Aromatherapy works on healing many ailments, but the main ailment that it helps you with is emotional health. Emotional health is a huge component to achieving optimal health, and becoming Bio Elite. Aromatherapy is an energetic healing modality that has been used by healers for millenia. Aromatherapy involves the application of essential oils derived from plants to correct various physical and energetic imbalances.

The ancient egyptians used essential oils in their body preparations (think of the wax mounds they wore on their heads) and in their funeral preparations. A formula for prosperity was found written on the wall of a pharaoh’s tomb. It is said that Cleopatra doused her sails in jasmine oil to let the Romans know she was sailing to their empire. It is said that they could smell her arrival miles before her arrival. Some thieves scavenging for valuables during the Bubonic Plague doused themselves in a combination of essential oils to protect themselves from harm.

Aromatherapy is the extraction and use of essential oils from the flowers, fruits, leaves, branches resins roots and seeds of plants. Each plant contains different types of constituents that produce healing. Some are anti-fungal, others antibacterial, antiviral or antimicrobial.

How the heck does aromatherapy effect the body?

Aromatherapy effects the limbic system.  When we look more closely at the areas of the brain, the limbic system seems to be central area. The limbic system is a network of structures located beneath the cerebral cortex. This system is important because it controls some behaviors that are essential to the life of all mammals (finding food,  self-preservation).

Interestingly, the same structures found in the human limbic system can also be found in the brains of evolutionary ancient animals such as the alligator. In the alligator, the limbic system is heavily involved in smell and plays an important role in defending territory, hunting and eating prey. In humans, the limbic system is more involved in motivation and emotional behaviors.

Aromatherapy Benefits for Emotional Health

The limbic system is the portion of the brain that deals with three key functions: emotions, memories, and arousal (stimulation). This system is composed of several parts, which are found above the brainstem and within the cerebrum. The limbic system connects parts of brain that deal with high and low functions. Below, the major parts of the limbic system are described.

Aromatherapy healing and emotional therapy


The thalamus is a portion of the brain that is responsible for detecting and relaying information from our senses, such as smell and vision. The thalamus is located within the brainstem, and is part of the pathway of information into the cerebrum, which is the section of the brain that is responsible for thinking and movement.


The hypothalamus is a vital portion of the limbic system that is responsible for producing multiple chemical messengers, called hormones. These hormones control water levels in the body, sleep cycles, body temperature, and food intake. The hypothalamus is located beneath the thalamus.

Cingulate Gyrus

The cingulate gyrus serves as a pathway that transmits messages between the the inner and outer portions of the limbic system.

Amygdala and Hippocampus

The amygdala is one of two almond-shaped clusters of nerve cells in the temporal (side) lobe of the cerebrum. Both amygdalae are responsible for preparing the body for emergency situations, such as being ‘startled’, and for storing memories of events for future recognition. Amygdalae assist in the development of memories, particularly as it relates to emotional events and emergencies. The amygdalae are also involved specifically with the development of the fear emotion, and can be the cause of extreme expression of fear, as in the case of panic. Additionally, the amygdalae play a major role in pleasure and sexual arousal, and may vary in size depending on the sexual activity and maturity of the individual.

Now once these are essential oils are smelt. They have the tendency to effect the limbic system, and alter your emotional state.


Problems with Aromatherapy Research…

There are many problems with the research on aromatherapy. The biggest one is that it does not exist. There is a definite lack in the “aroma” side of aromatherapy. Most of the research is spread out and deals with essential oils and direct application. Although aromatherapy and massage are being used together, there is no significant evidence that aromatherapy works by itself. The studies that are accessible are small, individual experiments that are scattered among the list of hundreds of essential oils. Another problem lies in the fact that most research is not intended to justify aromatherapy. It is based on essential oils. Until recently, the studies done on these oils were by the perfume industry and backed by the FDA for safety. The final, and most frustrating, problem is the fact that many studies are ongoing or not ready for publication yet.

In the next few years, an abundance of information will become available concerning the practice of aromatherapy. The interest in alternative medicine has freed up more money for research in this area, and will slant the research towards the “aroma” side of the therapy.



Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) is an herb native to China. Also known as Southern ginseng, it’s long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. Said to offer anti-aging benefits, jiaogulan is thought to aid in the treatment of many common health conditions.

An animal-based study published in the journal Molecules in 2013 indicates that jiaogulan may help protect against stress-related anxiety disorders. In tests on mice, the study’s authors observed that jiaogulan helped inhibit stress-induced anxiety, possibly by influencing activity in certain brain cells involved in regulating mood.

These 4 herbs really help eliminate stress. Give these a try. You’re probably asking how do I use these herbs? Well, a good option would be using them in your tea. You can also cook with them.

Holy Basil


Holy Basil has been revered for its medicinal value throughout India for thousands of years. Ayurvedic texts describe Holy Basil as a pillar of holistic herbal medicine and a goddess incarnated in plant form (the mother medicine of nature). Many traditional Hindus worship an alter bearing a Holy Basil plant that is placed in the courtyard of their home or in another prominent location. Today Holy Basil remains one of the most cherished of India’s sacred healing plants. The leaves smell of peppermint, cloves, licorice and/or lemon.

I know that holy basil is being promoted as a treatment for reducing both stress and elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and to promote physical and emotional endurance. My feeling is that if you’re seeking to manage stress, breathing exercises and regular aerobic exercise are more important first steps. Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders. However, some practitioners tell me that they see good results with holy basil in combination with lifestyle modification and that this herb works quickly.

Asian Ginseng


Asian ginseng is native to China and Korea and has been used in various systems of medicine for many centuries. Asian ginseng is one of several types of true ginseng (another is American ginseng, Panax quinquefolius). The herb called Siberian ginseng or eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is not a true ginseng.

Treatment claims for Asian ginseng are numerous and include the use of the herb to support overall health and boost the immune system. Traditional and folk uses of ginseng include improving the health of people recovering from illness; increasing a sense of well-being and stamina; improving both mental and physical performance; treating erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C, and symptoms related to menopause; and lowering blood glucose and controlling blood pressure.

The root of Asian ginseng contains active chemical components called ginsenosides (or panaxosides) that are thought to be responsible for the herb’s claimed medicinal properties. The root is dried and used to make tablets or capsules, extracts, and teas, as well as creams or other preparations for external use



Ashwagandha is a plant. The root and berry are used to make medicine.

Ashwagandha has a lot of uses. But so far, there isn’t enough information to judge whether it is effective for any of them.
Ashwagandha is also used as an “adaptogen” to help the body cope with daily stress, and as a general tonic. Some people also use ashwagandha for improving thinking ability, decreasing pain and swelling (inflammation), and preventing the effects of aging.

Ashwagandha is applied to the skin for treating wounds, backache, and one-sided paralysis (hemiplegia). Preliminary studies indicate that the herb helps to reduce the negative effects of stress, slow tumour growth, treat anxiety and insomnia, and reduce cholesterol in addition to increasing sexual performance. Ashwaghanda is generally safe at the doses recommended on the packaging. In high doses it may have steroidal activity similar to Creatine.

Ashwagandha is available in capsules, powders, and tinctures, all of which can be found in many health-food stories and pharmacies specializing in natural remedies. The herb is also commonly featured in adaptogen formulas, which may contain herbs like ginseng and rhodiola.



Just the thought of parasites can make your skin crawl. These uninvited passengers burrow, hook and hunker down to feast on the blood and body of unsuspecting hosts. However, some host-parasite relationships can be mutually beneficial: The bacteria living quietly in our gut help us with digestion and immune function.

But not all parasitic relationships are love affairs, and although many people think parasites only affect those in underdeveloped countries, infection and disease is common everywhere, even in places where sanitation, personal hygiene and safe food-handling practices are routine.

When it comes to human disease there are 3 types of parasites that feast at the human table.

  • Protozoa – one-celled organisms that live and multiply in the blood or tissue of humans. They infect the body via mosquitoes and flies, and are found in soil and water.
  • Helminths – parasitic flatworms, flukes, tapeworms, thorny-headed worms, roundworms and pinworms. They live in the gastrointestinal tract, blood, lymphatic system and other tissues.
  • Ectoparasites – ticks, fleas, lice, and mites that live on the surface of a human host and attach or burrow into the skin.

There are a host of parasitic infections that cause disease in humans. The effect can range from mildly annoying to life threatening. Malaria is the most prevalent parasitic disease worldwide killing more than 1 million people each year, while trichomoniasis, a common vaginal infection, is the most common parasitic infection in the US.

Here are some parasitic diseases found on our doorstep.

Ascariasis (roundworm) – The eggs produced by roundworms living in soil are transmitted to humans when they are swallowed. The eggs hatch into worms in the intestines, that cause pain and vomiting, and can also travel through the bloodstream to the lungs to cause wheezing and coughing. The eggs can be transmitted via human feces found in fields, streets, and back yards.

Pediculosis (lice) – Lice can infect the human head, body and pubic hair. They are spread by close contact with another infected person or contaminated furniture or clothing.

Giardiasis (giardia) – Giardiasis comes from drinking or coming into contact with water, feces (human and animal), food, hands or objects contaminated with the giardia larvae. It causes diarrhea, abdominal cramps, greasy stools, dehydration and weight loss.

Trichomoniasis (trich) -The trichomonas parasite is a sexually transmitted disease that infects the vagina and urogential tract.

Cryptosporidiosis (crypto) – A protozoa that infects the gastrointestinal tract causing life-threatening diarrhea, particularly in immunocompromised people.

Toxoplasmosis – Is primarily transmitted when infected undercooked meat is eaten. It also infects domestic cats, who can release eggs in their feces to later infect their human caretakers. The parasite does not become infectious until 1 to 5 days after it is shed in a cat’s feces. It can cause mild aches and pains and severe damage to the brain, eyes, or other organs.

Scabies (mites) – Mites burrow into the upper layer of the skin to lay eggs. The pimple-like “S-shaped” rash is intensely itchy. It is easily contracted through skin-to-skin contact with an infected person and can be acquired during sexual encounters.


Enterobiasis (pinworm) – Is cause by a roundworm (nematode) and infects the colon and rectum. Female pinworms crawl out of the intestines through the anus and deposit their eggs on the surrounding skin, usually when a person is sleeping. The eggs are transferred to the mouth of a new host from hands that have come in contact with egg-contaminated food, clothing or bedding where they can survive for 2 to 3 weeks.

Besides the obvious – avoiding direct contact with an infected person or contaminated items – there are some effective weapons for keeping parasitic diseases out of range.


Water Guns

  • Don’t drink water or use ice made from lakes, rivers, springs, streams or poorly monitored or maintained wells
  • Avoid swallowing recreational water in swimming pools, water parks, hot tubs, spas and fountains
  • Do not swim if you are infected or are experiencing diarrhea to protect others
  • Pay attention to public health department water advisories and do not drink untreated tap water during community-wide outbreaks of disease
  • Heat water to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute or use a NSF-rated filter that has an absolute pore size of 1 micron or smaller if water potability is uncertain

Food Fighters

  • Use uncontaminated water to wash all food that is to be eaten raw, or peel them
  • Avoid drinking unpasteurized milk or dairy products
  • Avoid eating food from street vendors
  • Cook beef, lamb, veal roasts and steaks to 145degF; pork, ground meat, and wild game to 160degF, and poultry to 180degF in the thigh (can also freeze meat for a few weeks)
  • Do not taste meat until it is fully cooked

Body Blockers

  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water especially after using the toilet, before handling or eating food and before and after every diaper change
  • Wear gloves when doing gardening or working in soil and sand
  • Keep fingernails clean and short and avoid biting nails
  • Avoid scratching the skin in the anal area

Dirt Busters

  • Clean anything that may be contaminated with feces such as bathroom fixtures, changing tables, diaper pails and toys regularly
  • Wash cutting boards, dishes, counters, utensils, and hands with hot soapy water after contact with raw meat, poultry, seafood, or unwashed fruits or vegetables
  • Change litter boxes daily and avoid getting a new cat or cleaning a cat’s litter box if you are pregnant