regulate the body’s immune response.


​Studies show t​hat​ stimulating their vagus nerves strengthened their memory. 

You can stimulate your vagus nerve by doing abdominal breathing or holding your breath for four to eight counts.

The vagus nerve is responsible for controlling the heart rate via electrical impulses to specialized muscle tissue—the heart’s natural pacemaker


When your fight or flight responses are engaged—pouring out stress hormones, the vagus nerve tells your body to chill out


Your gut uses the vagus nerve like a walkie-talkie to tell your brain how you’re feeling via electric impulses​. Your gut feelings are very real.


“Breathing deeply immediately relaxes the body because it stimulates the vagus nerve, which runs from the neck to the abdomen and is in charge of turning off the ‘fight or flight’ reflex. Stimulating the vagus nerve, activates your relaxation response, reducing your heart rate and blood pressure. Deep breathing “turns on the vagus nerve enough that it acts as a brake on the stress response.

 The vagus nerve has been described as “largely responsible for the mind-body connection,” for its role as a mediator between thinking and feeling. When people say ‘trust your gut,’”, they really mean ‘trust your vagus nerve.’

Stimulating the vagus nerve to the heart has a really powerful effect on slowing the heart rate. And this, specifically, is what relaxes us. The vagus nerve is basically listening to the way we breathe, and it sends the brain and the heart whatever message our breath indicates. Breathing slowly, for instance, reduces the oxygen demands of the heart muscle (the myocardium), and our heart rate drops.
The vagus nerve is essentially the queen of the parasympathetic nervous system — a.k.a. the “rest and digest,” or the “chill out” one — so the more we do things that “stimulate” or activate it, like deep breathing, the more we banish the effects of the sympathetic nervous system — a.k.a. the “fight or flight.” 

Your body senses your breathing and adapts its heart rate in response. When we breathe in,  the sensory nodes on our lungs  send information up through the vagus nerve and into the brain, and when we breathe out, the brain sends information back down through the vagus nerve to slow down or speed up the heart. So when we breathe slowly, the heart slows, and we relax. Conversely, when we breathe quickly, our heart speeds up, and we feel amped, or anxious.

Vagal activity is highest, and heart rate lowest, when you’re exhaling. The ideal, most calming way to breathe is six times a minute: five seconds in, five seconds out. Researchers found that this style of slow breathing is also what practitioners naturally lapse into during meditation with mantras, and during  prayer with rosaries. Each time you do either the rosary prayer or a meditation mantra, it naturally synchronizes your breathing at six times per minute. 

If you’re in a stressful situation, roll-on MJOMS Hemp Oil and consciously slow down your breathing just for one minute, or even a few seconds, you can put yourself in a calmer state, to be able to better communicate.

The vagus nerve is known as the "wandering nerve" because it has multiple branches that diverge from two thick stems rooted in the cerebellum and brainstem that wander to the lowest viscera of your abdomen touching your heart and most major organs along the way. Vagus means "wandering" in Latin. 

 stimulating the vagus nerve caused a reduction in heart rate 
Consciously tapping into the power of your vagus nerve can create a state of inner-calm while taming your inflammation reflex.

The vagus nerve is the prime component of the parasympathetic nervous system which regulates the “rest-and-digest” or “tend-and-befriend” responses. To maintain homeostasis, the sympathetic nervous system drives the “fight-or-flight” response.

Healthy Vagal Tone Is  Linked to Positive Emotions
Healthy vagal tone is indicated by a slight increase of heart rate when you inhale, and a decrease of heart rate when you exhale. Deep diaphragmatic breathing—with a long, slow exhale—is key to stimulating the vagus nerve and slowing heart rate and blood pressure, especially in times of performance anxiety.


Studies found that stimulating the vagus nerve dramatically reduces the severity of depression.  Mindfulness meditation also optimized functional connectivity of the default mode network which lowered inflammation and improved the brain's ability to manage stress and anxiety.

The most exciting aspect of these studies is the prospect of combining mindfulness meditation with MJOMS to create a double whammy that leads to a wide range of psychological and physical health benefits.


The vagus nerve is one of the most important channels for sending messages to and from the brain to the body.  It is the longest nerve in the body and serves as the master controller of our immune cells, organs, and stem cells along with your mood, digestion, memory, cognitive function, blood pressure, and many other aspects of your health.  It also connects with a range of other nerves that are involved in speech, eye contact, facial expressions and even your ability to tune in to other people’s voices. Learn how to repair your vagus nerve toxicity with MJOMS

The vagus nerve is one of two extremely long cranial nerves that start at the base of the brain and travel down the neck on both sides of the body (behind the earlobe on the mastoid bone). ‘Vagus’ is Latin for ‘wandering’ and as the name implies, the vagus nerve travels through the body, networking the brain with every organ of digestion along with the lungs, heart, spleen, intestines, liver and kidneys.  It also connects with a range of other nerves that are involved in speech, eye contact, facial expressions and even your ability to tune in to other people’s voices.

​Vagus Nerve Toxicity​

Poor health can often be traced to an infected or poisoned vagus nerve.  Toxins are drained from the brain down the lymph channels on the side on the neck.  If lymph flow is congested, these toxins –  including environmental toxins, heavy metals, infections or pathogens – can linger near the vagus nerve and infect or poison the nerve, impacting the whole enteric nervous system.

Heavy metals and sulfur toxins have a high affinity to nerves and can contaminate the vagus nerve. Because of the immense networking of sensory nerves and the nerves of the autonomic nervous system, toxins can be quickly absorbed in massive amounts.

The origins of infections are often microbes in the mouth that don’t physiologically belong there. For example, heavy metals, pathogens, infections, viruses or toxins can dump into the neck from chronically inflamed tonsils or sinuses, dental amalgams, infected root canals,  or cavities in the jaw bone where they migrate to nerve endings. From here, the toxins move in the nerves toward the brain stem where they can impact the face and other brain nerves.  Sadly, the vagus nerve, just like the other cranial nerves, can be infected.



Vagus Nerve Toxicity Contributes to Nutrient Malabsorption​ 

A correlation exists between malabsorption of nutrients and an infection of the vagus nerve.  If the parasympathetic state isn’t triggered, insufficient stomach acid is released and nutrients are not properly broken down and assimilated.  For example, proteins are not split or properly absorbed in sufficient amounts.  Not enough bile flow prevents the absorption of fat soluble vitamins. If the excretion of pancreatic enzymes is insufficient, food is not digested properly, and this leads to the growth of pathogenic microbes further down in the colon.

How to Detoxify the Vagus Nerve

Stimulating the vagus nerve with topically applied essential oils (behind the ear lobe on the mastoid bone) can help manually override impaired function.  The lipid soluable essential oils are able to directly and immediately access the nerve in a way that other supplements or remedies cannot.   The following essential oil blends are best considered to support vagus nerve toxicity.

Parasympathetic™: To stimulate the vagus nerve and trigger the parasympathetic response, topically apply Parasympathetic™ blend on the vagal nerve behind the earlobe on the neck can help manually override the infection and help reset the autonomic nervous system.

Facilitating an increase of the activity of the vagus nerve and the corresponding neurotransmitters and hormones help return the body to balance.  When these systems are working optimally, the body will likely start to move and release heavy metals and toxins stored in the nerve, so it is important to support the detoxification pathways below:

Lymph™  The lymphatic system needs to be functioning optimally in order for toxins to be removed from the neck and the brain.  If you think of the body like a hydraulics system where congested tissue downstream prevents optimal flow upstream, congested lymphatic vessels in the neck will impede drainage of toxins from the brain.  To enhance lymphatic flow and drainage, generously apply Lymph™ around the sides of the neck to relieve congestion, improve drainage and reduce brain inflammation.

Liver™ – The liver is the primary organ of detoxification. It filters toxins and bacteria from blood and neutralizes the toxins in preparation for elimination. Before dumping more toxins into an already overworked liver, be sure to support the liver with the energy and vitality it needs to keep up with the increased toxic burden.  Applying 2 to 3 drops of Liver™ directly over the liver (right side of the body, under the breast) two to three times daily can help support the optimal health and vitality of the liver.

Kidney Support™ The kidneys bind toxins to acids and excrete them in the urine.   High levels of toxins and metals can overwhelm the kidneys, impeding their ability to effectively filter toxins.  They control the volume, composition and pressure of fluids in all the cells and water is symbolic of the unconscious, our emotion and of that which we do not understand and that which we fear.   Applying Kidney Support™ over the kidneys on the back of the body can help support the gentle release of toxins.

Gallbladder™  – The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile, which helps to emulsify fats and carry toxins and old hormones out of the body. Interestingly, healthy gall bladder function and the free flow of bile plays a key role in eliminating constipation.  When bile flows from the liver (releasing toxins with it) through the gallbladder to the small intestine, where it breaks down the fat for the body to absorb, it acts as a natural irritant to the lining of the intestine, which stimulates peristalsis that promotes bowel movements.  Unfortunately, stress, toxicity, hormones, or diets too low or too high in fat can make the bile thick, viscous, and stagnant, which impedes its ability to flow both to the small intestine and out of the body.  To support the flow of bile and, with it, toxins out of the body, apply Gallbladder™ on the right side of the body under the bra under-wire or along and slightly under the right rib cage two to three times daily.