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

About the Book

“A powerful new cutting-edge and evidence-based approach to help you safely improve digestion, energy, and focus and reverse chronic inflammation, chronic stress, and mood disorders.”—Terry Wahls, MD, author of The Wahls Protocol

“A book you will learn from and refer back to for years to come.”—Alan Christianson, New York Times bestselling author of The Thyroid Reset Diet

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 the 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 the 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, 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 your immune system
Armed with Cohen’s five steps, you’ll be able to start your own essential oils regimen immediately and be on your way to a healthier body and brain!

* This audiobook editoin includes a downloadable PDF that contains diagrams from the book.
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Praise for Essential Oils to Boost the Brain and Heal the Body

“It’s about time an essential oil guide of this caliber is available!”—Dr. Ben Lynch, author of the bestselling Dirty Genes
“Powerful, practical, and physician-approved! Do yourself a huge favor and get this book.”—Sachin Patel, author of Perfect Practice and founder of The Living Proof Institute

“I thought I knew everything there was to know about essential oils, and then I read Jodi’s book. I have many books on essential oils, but this one is superb.”—Ben Greenfield, podcaster and New York Times bestselling author of Boundless

“Jodi Cohen shares her decades of research and findings from clinical practice to walk you through exactly how to use the right essential oils in those right places to get the results you want.”—Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof and the author of three New York Times bestsellers
“Filled with solid science, practical tips, and easy recipes, this is a powerful book for anyone looking to boost brain health!”—Donna Gates, MEd, ABAAHP, and bestselling author of The Body Ecology Diet

“Jodi’s well-written and detailed information makes this book a must-read for every essential oil user.”—Emily Fletcher, founder of Ziva Meditation and author of Stress Less, Accomplish More

“By offering such an easy and actionable guide to supercharging the body’s natural healing ability, Jodi has penned the bible of essential oils.”—Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, and author of national bestseller Radical Metabolism

“Jodi walks you through the science and most effective clinical strategies to help you use essential oils to support everything from anxiety and depression to autoimmune conditions and dementia.”—JJ Virgin, celebrity nutrition and fitness expert and New York Times bestselling author of The Virgin Diet
“There are many books on essential oils, but this one is unique in that it provides a way to use them as a divining rod between the physical and emotional-mental aspects of our being, based on the intelligent weaving of intuitive insight and clinical guidance.”—Deanna Minich, PhD, author of Whole Detox and founder of Color Can Heal Your Life!

“Jodi has done it! She has made the massive topic of essential oils into something we can understand and implement immediately! This book is a must-have if you want to understand how plants and essential oils derived from plants work and how they work on you.”—Robyn Openshaw, founder of GreenSmoothieGirl

“Jodi Cohen is gifted in her ability to separate myth from fact, turn scientific knowledge into practical steps, and give you the ultimate resource to healing from within.”—Jay Davidson, DC, PScD, and cofounder of CellCore Biosciences
“A fabulous exploration into the art and science of essential oils. Jodi Cohen provides a clear, in-depth, evidence-based road map to recharge and reboot your brain. Highly recommended.”—Heidi Hanna, PhD, New York Times bestselling author and speaker
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Essential Oils to Boost the Brain and Heal the Body


Essential oils have played a powerful role in my ability to transform lives and heal. I have been using essential oils as part of my own daily health routine since 2008. Efforts to improve my quality of sleep are what initially led me to them. I started applying chamomile and lavender before bedtime to help me relax and calm my nervous system. The oils worked so well and so immediately that I began to gradually experiment with different oils and various combinations of oils.

I recommend the use of plant-based essential oils in my best-selling book The Wahls Protocol: A Radical Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions, as I believe they contribute to the plant diversity necessary to keep you healthy. As Jodi thoroughly explains in this book, the concentrated essences of plants work on many levels, including the physical, neurological, and psychological.

Humans are meant to consume hundreds of different plant species each year, not just a handful. More diverse plant consumption adds to greater resiliency and health. As your body digests plants, thousands of metabolites (substances that are produced when the body breaks down food and chemicals) are absorbed by your gut into your bloodstream. Scientists are recognizing that these metabolites have a major impact on our risk of heart disease, autoimmune disease, mental health problems, obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. These metabolites from the digestion of a wide variety of plants contribute to how our cells do the chemistry of life. Our physiology works much better with the thousands of metabolites that come from eating a greater diversity of plants. The reality is that the food we eat is a combination of things that are incredibly good for us and a few things that are terrible for us. So, if we have variety in our diet, more diversity of foods over the week and the year, the fewer problems we will have and the more health benefits we will enjoy.

I encourage the addition of essential oils in your self-care program along with different vegetables, spices, and teas as sources of plant diversity. There are literally hundreds of essential oils and spices that you can integrate into your life to expose yourself to at least two hundred different plant species in a year.

Jodi’s extensive research helps support and validate my own personal experience with essential oils, which have improved my well-being and reduced some of my subtle symptoms, like pain, headaches, constipation, and low mood. I now use cypress and frankincense most reliably, along with a blend that includes lavender, marjoram, Roman chamomile, sandalwood, vanilla, and ylang-ylang to calm my nervous system.

For self-care, my favorite ways to use essential oils are inhalation, self-massage, and in hot or ice-cold Epsom salt baths. My favorite technique involves massaging the vagus nerve and the lymphatic tissue on the sides of the neck. I start from behind my ear and massage the oils down my neck on both sides and combine that with three to five deep inhalations in each nostril before bedtime.

When I look at essential oils through a food lens, I know that essential oils are interacting positively with our biochemical pathways and nervous systems, even calming excessive inflammation. The inhalation of essential oils activates the same pathways in the brain. The topical application of essential oils on the skin ensures they are entering the bloodstream and affecting the body’s pathways.

Essential Oils to Boost the Brain & Heal the Body takes these suppositions one step further, helping to explain not only how essential oils work but also the best ways to use them to combat underlying health conditions. This book is a wonderful guide for using essential oils as a powerful self-care tool to help you make steady improvements and refinements in your health.

—Terry Wahls, MD, author of The Wahls Protocol

About the Author

Jodi Cohen
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About the Author

Terry Wahls M.D.
Terry L. Wahls, M.D., is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City. She conducts clinical research studying the use of diet and lifestyle interventions in autoimmune and other chronic disease states. Her current clinical trial featuring the Wahls Paleo Diet received the support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She has made it her mission to spread the word about The Wahls Protocol through her TEDx talk; her website,; the Wahls Foundation; and Wahls Protocol Seminars. Dr. Wahls lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with her wife. More by Terry Wahls M.D.
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