Nervous System

The nervous system is the bodies communication system.  Nerve impulses travel to and from the brain along nerve fibers called neurons.  There are two parts to the nervous system: the central nervous system that consists of the brain and spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system which is basically everything else.  The peripheral nervous system is divided into the somatic and autonomic systems.  The somatic nervous system aids with voluntary movements such as when you move your arm to scratch your head.  The autonomic nervous system is involuntary or that which we don’t have control over.  The autonomic system is divided into sympathetic and parasympathetic.  The sympathetic nervous system controls the fight or flight response.  The parasympathetic nervous system brings the body back to rest and relaxation.

nervous system chart

The nervous system is made up of neurons or nerve cells.  Each nerve cell has a cell body that houses the nucleus and produces protein.  The dendrites of a neuron receive information from the body and send it to the nucleus.  And, the axon takes the information and sends it to the organs and tissues.  Some axons are covered in fatty sheathes called myelin that speed up the transmission of the impulse.

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Nervous_system_diagram

Aromatherapy and herbs can be beneficial to the nervous system.  There are also herbs specific for the adrenals.

 

 

Nervous System

The nervous system controls movement and feeling.  Oils that are beneficial to the nervous system include:

Ylang Ylang

Latin name: Cananga odorata

Function

  • good for circulatory system, especially blood pressure
  • balances hormones
  • calms nervous system
  • helps PMS symptoms

Properties

  • anti-depressant
  • nervine
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • sedative

Ylang ylang can calm a person and bring them back into a state of peace.

 

Rose

Latin name: Rosa damascena

Function

  • good for the circulatory system, especially the heart
  • relieves stress
  • helps nervous system
  • regulates female reproductive system
  • aids maturing skin

Properties

  • anti-depressant
  • sedative
  • antispasmodic
  • astringent
  • antiseptic

Rose can help open the heart after emotional grief.