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Are Essential Oils Helpful for Seizure Disorders?

Posted by RSC Diagnostics on Sep 21, 2015

small amount of essential oil being poured outSome essential oils may help to relieve the after-effects of seizures or possibly reduce the incidence of seizures. Clary Sage is thought to be particularly useful. Essential oils can also offer relief from sore muscles, fatigue, anxiety, and even promote a good night’s sleep. While there are many benefits to using essential oils for seizures disorders there are also essential oils to avoid if you suffer from Epilepsy.

Oils for Reducing Pain or Stress

Essential oils have a variety of uses and properties. One of the most important uses of essential oils is reducing anxiety and stress. Oils like lavender and chamomile can help with anxiety and may also help you to get to sleep too. Increasing the quality of sleep can help you to prevent future seizures and help you to recover from previous seizures more quickly. Essential oils may reduce stress after a seizure or help with reduce feelings of embarrassment or self-consciousness. Fatigue is quite common after seizures as well. Using essential oils in aroma therapy or massage is often helpful. Some oils may be added to a bath as well for even better results.

A common concern after a seizure is the pain and bruising that may come from falls or strained muscles. A simple massage with arnica is great for bruising and pain. Lavender also has pain-relieving properties and may help to relax tense muscles. If these oils are used in a massage, it is important to use a carrier oil such as almond oil or coconut oil to prevent skin irritation. Essential oils are strong and direct contact with the skin may burn or cause irritation.

Best Oils for Seizure Disorders

Clary Sage has a soothing scent that may help to prevent future seizure activity. It also provides a good medium for massage after seizures as well due to its sticky, but slippery consistency. Lavender and Chamomile may help with sleep quality, reduce anxiety and reduce stress. Lavender can help with pain relief and is great for massage or bathing. However, do not to use Spike Lavender. This oil has been known to increase the potential for seizures in some people who have previously had a seizure. Frankincense may also reduce activity in the part of the brain that is most prone to seizures. It has relaxing properties and promotes a general sense of well-being.

Calming oils, safe for epileptics:

  • Jasmine
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Clary Sage
  • Frankincense

Oils to Avoid, as an epileptic:

  • Fennel
  • Eucalyptus
  • Hyssop
  • Rosemary
  • Pennyroyal
  • Tansy
  • Sage
  • Thuja
  • Wormwood
  • Spike Lavender

The oils to avoid listed above may trigger a seizure in many individuals who suffer from Epilepsy. If you are in doubt about which essential oils you would like to use consult your health care provider for more information. In some instances, essential oils can and do have side effects.

How Essential Oils Mesh with Traditional Epilepsy Treatments:

While using essential oils can be very beneficial for many epileptics, it is important to remain on the medications your doctor prescribed. Essential oils are a complementary treatment and not a substitute for medications that your doctor recommends. Always seek emergency medical treatment in the event of continuous seizures or for any major injuries sustained during a seizure. When in doubt about which essential oils to take or avoid, consult your doctor.

 

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Resources:

Clary Sage. (n.d.). Retrieved August 28, 2015, from http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-407-clary sage.aspx?activeingredientid=407&activeingredientname=clary sage

Complementary therapies. (n.d.). Retrieved August 28, 2015, from http://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/complementary-therapies#.VddkcZfarIU

Seizure disorders. (n.d.). Retrieved August 28, 2015, from https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/seizure-disorders

 

Topics: Epilepsy Treatment