It's the month of May, and the nervous system is highlighted all month long. This week, we are looking at plants that help with brain healing for Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. Our favorite three essences that support harmony with these disorders are Spanish Sage, Green Myrtle, and Spanish Marjoram.
Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia are connected to one another. Actually, Alzheimer's Disease is the most common type of Dementia. Both result in the physical brain showing impaired memory, thinking, and behavior. It disrupts the neurons in the brain and how they work and communicate with one another. This brain impairment is caused by old age, genetics, one's environment, or one's lifestyle. Some people have no idea why they suffer from these diseases, but doctors say that leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle is the best prevention. All in all, older people (65 and up) are more likely to develop dementia than younger people. Also, those with brain issues, those who are lower educated, people who experienced mid-life hypertension or orthostatic hypotension, or people with diabetes, head trauma, or hyperhomocysteinaemia. As of today, there is no treatment or prevention that has been proven effective to combat Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia. This disturbance usually comes with feelings of loss of Hope, loss of the desire to live or face life, and loss of ability to cope with what has changed. We see this often times in elderly people who are left alone all of the time. Research shows that they are most likely to develop brain problems like Dementia and Alzheimer's. There is a deep lack of self-Love that leads to one's brain to stop remembering. That is why it is so important to have dreams and goals to work toward, to exercise and meditate, to stay social, and to see the very best that each day holds.
Spanish Sage given orally is said to improve memory, alertness, and attention. The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Otago in New Zealand found that she helped produce significant results in both Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. John Gerard wrote about the power of the Sage family in 1597, saying that, "It is singularly good for the head and brain, and quickeneth the nerves and memory." Energetically, Spanish Sage helps to clear negative debris, depression, and stress, while keeping one's heart open after difficult life experiences. This is a great plant to help instill Hope for a safe and Divine life journey. Green Myrtle has also been researched in the field of brain sciences. She is known to have the chemistry to help both prevent and treat Alzheimer's/Dementia Disease. Green Myrtle also helps with some of the causes for these disturbances, like diabetes, blood pressure, and vascular health. On an energetic level, she helps with fear, despair, anxiety, depression, mental chatter, and releasing trauma from the mind and body. This is the medicine to help one get out of their own way in order to truly understand how amazing life can be. Spanish Marjoram was researched using Zebrafish, and the study proved that she enhances cognitive function, helping with memory impairments. Receiving this essential oil once a day proved to be beneficial in helping with spatial memory, amnesia, anxiety, and in reducing the brain's oxidative stress, which helped to manage memory deficits much easier. Emotionally, she helps one to manifest dreams, take personal responsibility, awaken the soul, and clear the mental body in order to gain self-esteem and confidence.
It is best to use essences for one month for every year you have had the symptoms that are being treated. In general, for the average adult weight and height, five to ten drops "neat" on the skin is enough to start anointing each essence 2-3 times a day. Always do a test patch on the inner arm to make sure that the essences are not too powerful to anoint "neat" on your skin. If they bring up a healing response, then use the bottoms of the feet to anoint, and meditate on what is coming up and out emotionally for healing. For nervous system healing, it is nice to anoint onto the temples, the crown of the head, nape of the neck, the spine, and/or the bottoms of the feet. Sage is best to drink in water for Alzheimer's Disease, and all three can be taken orally. Start with 1-2 drops in either room temperature or hot water. You can always add more, but you cannot take away if it's too strong - so start slow. Listen to the body when anointing or drinking plant medicine. The body's wisdom will tell you if you need more or less, much like how muscle testing works. The more we follow our own body's needs, the better the outcome will be.
It is always best to check with a physician before using any medication to treat the body.