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What oils can I use to help treat seizures?

What oils can I use to help treat seizures?

Table of Absence seizure description

Question:

A friend give me a sample of Frankincense to try for my daughter’s absence seizures. It actually seems to be working, but I’m not sure if I’m using it correctly.  She didn’t suggest a carrier.  I’ve just been putting a drop on each foot and a drop on each temple or at the base of her neck. Can you suggest a website or book to educate myself more on this therapy?  Or any other EO recommendations for seizures would be great.

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Answer:

frankincense-essential-oilI looked in to your question and I must say, that’s a tough one! I can see why you asked because there really isn’t a whole lot of information out there. I looked through all of my books, consulted with Paul H. Dean of Native American Nutritionals and I looked through the internet. The info I found is that you should definitely keep using Frankincense, (you will want the Oman Frankincense, AKA Sacred Frankincense because it is a much higher quality). Ylang Ylang Extra is good as is the Rocky Mountain Oil blend called Brainstorm.

Good Information Sources

This website, http://www.raysahelian.com/seizure.html offered a little information but I must warn you the layout makes it a little hard to read.

This page, http://theida.com/ew/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Living-with-Epilepsy-and-Aromatic-Oils.pdf, gave some good info from a woman who lives with epilepsy herself.

The book The Art of Aromatherapy by Robert B. Tisserand recommends using Basil, Lavender and Rosemary

Things to do

The recommended uses that I found were mostly to inhale it. Especially after a seizure to bring back balance. You can diffuse the oil, or apply it topically to the feet, kidney area, back of neck, under nose, and/or temples.

The main thing with a topical application is to not overdo it. I think you are doing a great job with applying it to your child already.

meditation-retreat-faqs1Some of the places I looked into said to use Yoga or meditation. I don’t know how old your daughter is or if any of that is even feasible with her but if there is a way to help her relax and you can diffuse Enlighten or one of the other oils during her special relaxation time, the scent of the oils can help her at other times to take her brain back to a more relaxed state.

I don’t know if you can predict when she has her seizures. I had a friend growing up who had epileptic seizures and she was able to predict when they would happen about 50% of the time. If you can, having her quickly inhale the Frankincense, not a huge amount but just a whiff, that would help.

As far as a carrier oil goes, the main thing is see how her skin reacts to it. If using the oil by itself doesn’t irritate her skin, then I wouldn’t worry about it. If it does bother her, you can use F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Olive Oil or Jojoba to dilute the oil for her skin.

foot2A foot massage with a carrier and the oil would be a good thing as well. Have you looked into Reflexology? Here’s the wikipedia listing for it to give you an idea of what it is, if you don’t already know. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflexology

From what I found in my reading, it will take a while for you to see major results, but it sounds like you are already aware of that.

Final note:

I hope this info helps. Do you have any other suggestions? Please post them in the comment section below. And thank you!

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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
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