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 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: http://choicesforhealth.blogspot.com/2009/09/rubbing-out-epilepsy-by-dr.html)
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.
VALOR (or the VALOR ROLL-ON)
RUTAVALA (or the RUTAVALA ROLL-ON)
(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).
PEACE AND CALMING
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 (oil-testimonials.com/1322107) 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.
HOW TO USE THE OILS MENTIONED ABOVE:
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.
FOR FEBRILE SEIZURES: PEPPERMINT
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.”
(An interesting study about omega fatty acids and seizures: www.epilepsy.com
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.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. People with Epilepsy or those prone to convulsions should consult their health care professional before using essential oils.