Since I have many friends and acquaintances who are epileptic and are either interested in using essential oils, just starting to use them, or are already using Essential Oils with much success, I thought of collecting some of the reputable resources out there all in one place, for easier reference.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition where the person has recurring, unpredictable seizures. Epilepsy has many possible causes, although in many cases the cause is unknown. Possible causes may include illness, injury to the brain, or abnormal brain development.
Since as of today there is no standard in the growing and manufacturing of Essential oils, quality is of upmost importance. All the testimonials and resources gathered are referring to Young Living Essential Oils, who guarantee purity and effectiveness with their ‘Seed to Seal’ process and are used in many medical facilities around the country.

First off, there are several essential oils which should NOT be used if prone to Epilepsy, especially those with high Ketone content. Here is a list of the single oils NOT to use ( if a blend contains any one of those oils it is probably best not to use that either):
AVOID COMPLETELY (can trigger a seizure): Basil, Hyssop, Nutmeg, Rosemary (Cineol and Verbenon), Sage, Idaho Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) and possibly Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annum), Tarragon, Wintergreen.
USE WITH CAUTION: small amounts or in dilution: Fennel, Lavandin.

Now, getting that part out of the way, here come the GOOD OILS. If you click on the individual oil or oil blend, you can read more about it.
JASMINE (source: Dr. Tim Betts, who heads the epilepsy clinic at the University of Birmingham in England, did a study using different essential oils, with Jasmine showing the best results. More details here:
YLANG YLANG (also taken from Dr.Tim Betts research)
BRAIN POWER (a blend of Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Melissa, Frankincense, Blue Cypress, Lavender and Helichrysum): This blend was specifically formulated to include those oils that are high in sesquiterpene compounds. Research has shown that sesquiterpenes play a role in dissolving petrochemicals along the receptor sites near the pituitary, pineal and hypothalamus. This helps to increase normal receptivity along those sites and increases the amount of oxygen in those areas.
(found a story which tells of a person from El Salvador recounting how it was common knowledge that they used the leaves of the Ruta plant to rub a person down who was having the seizure and it would stop the seizure).

Here is a testimonial using Brain Power:
My daughter has epilepsy. She has more problems in the mornings. So, I decided to try Brain Power. One Friday morning I put one drop of neat Brain Power on the back of her neck. No joke I have the note to prove it…the teacher said it was her best day ever and no seizures! I tried it again on Sunday morning before church and she only had one right before we went to find our seat. Since then I have been applying one neat drop on her neck every morning. We have only had three seizures in two weeks, which is a huge improvement. Dana Hughes. MO, United States

Other testimonials ( include people who bring their daughter out of a seizure by having her smell Valor, one who brings her uncle out of one by applying the blend of ‘Joy’ to his forehead, another one who helps her daughter by applying Frankincense and Sandalwood, another one who’s wife is finally free of seizures after 40 years by applying Jasmine under her nose before bedtime. Read them in detail by typing in the search words ‘epilepsy’ and ‘seizures’ at the above link. You will have to register, but it’s free.
One reports this:
“I find Valor to be most helpful when I feel a migraine or seizure coming on. Rolled on near the back of my head over the area where my brain stem would be, all across my forehead and behind my ears. It gets rid of that tired/sick feeling, and brings back my vitality.”

Here is also a great recipe, taken from the Reference Guide for Essential Oils for supporting the body to avoid Grand Mal Seizures (now called the Tonic-Clonic):
Use the AROMA SIEZ blend (applied Raindrop Technique style, up the spine), Diffuse BRAIN POWER and PEACE AND CALMING and apply around the navel, put JOY over the heart, SACRED MOUNTAIN to the back of the neck and on crown of head, and VALOR on the feet.

Topical: In general, apply 1 to 2 drops of the chosen oil to the back of the neck and to the Vita Flex points on bottom of the feet (in this case the top of the big toe).
Inhalation: Also good inhaled directly or applied to hands (2-3 drops in hands, rub together, then cup over nose and breathe deeply), and in the diffuser.

Quote: “Our son was prone to febrile seizures…out of panic and desperation I remember learning about peppermint essential oil for fevers. I looked it up and read to place 2-4 drops into a bowl of lukewarm water and begin sponge-bathing around his abdomen and neck. As we did so, our son told us he could FEEL the heat leaving his body. We took his temperature and sure enough he went from 106 down to 102. A couple of minutes later we checked again and it was 99.8. It was amazing!
We haven’t turned back, whenever there’s a fever, we reach for the peppermint essential oil. It is a must in our medicine cabinet.”

Omega Gize
(An interesting study about omega fatty acids and seizures:
Kid Scents Mighty Vites
Mineral Essence ( Grand Mal Seizures can sometimes be caused by zinc and copper imbalance. MIneral Essence provides zinc and copper in both ionic and colloidal form for optimal assimilation)

I hope this information has been helpful. I welcome any comments from others who have had experiences concerning seizures and essential oils.


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13 Responses

  1. Wendi Camacho
    Wendi Camacho March 27, 2014 at 12:11 | | Reply

    May I share this information with a potential member? Their family is research alternatives to control seizures and this is the best compilation of information I’ve found.

  2. Wendi Camacho
    Wendi Camacho March 27, 2014 at 12:11 | | Reply

    Thank you very much! I appreciate your research and allowing me to share this :)

  3. Rachel
    Rachel May 3, 2014 at 12:11 | | Reply

    Great post, but I thought peppermint should be avoided if one has epilepsy? Would be happy if it’s ok to use.

  4. hiddenjewelalaska
    hiddenjewelalaska July 17, 2014 at 12:11 | | Reply

    The Aroma Seiz has basil which is contraindicated in seizures. So just wanted to mention that.

  5. Molly
    Molly July 24, 2014 at 12:11 | | Reply

    Hi! I was just about to write about the Aroma Siez and Basil and then I looked up and saw hiddenjewelalaska’s comment. Can you clarify this conflicting information? I’ve seen it other places as well and am trying to get to the bottom of it!

  6. Renee
    Renee August 18, 2014 at 12:11 | | Reply

    Peace and calming contains blue tansy which is also not recommended for epilepsy and before I knew that it cause 2 massive intense seizures for my daughter. I would definetly use caution with this.

  7. Renee
    Renee August 18, 2014 at 12:11 | | Reply

    I know I was surprised as well since I had only seen the Idaho tansy as a warning on the YLEO booklet. I googled blue tansy and seizures after that happened and found quite a few websites warning not to use it if you have epilepsy. It probably didn’t help the matter since I diffused it with 8 drops! Maybe small amounts wouldn’t have the same effect on her but I’m not willing to take the chance! :S

  8. Pam Rutledge
    Pam Rutledge October 3, 2014 at 12:11 | | Reply

    Thanks for this article. Would the same oils apply for stroke? Or is there an article on oils touse and oils to avoid?