Ask an Aromatherapist: Essential Oils for Epilepsy

Aromatherapy essential oils for epilepsy convulsions

My boyfriend is having seizures some oh which have been very bad. They needed up his brain and this disgusting pharmaceutical drug is needing it up a lot worse then that.

It’s even making him angry all the time. I need to get THE BEST possible Frankincense oil to ensure it will have a very good effect – the only way to prove this to him and make him get rid of this drug!

There is conflicting information, with some sites saying frerana is the best oil and some saying it’s only good for perfume.

I have found serrata and carterri at a reasonable price. Some are impossible like $50 or even $100.

But I have to know which kind I am supposed to get that will be the  most effective for seizures.

Even the websites that compare the types and sometimes conflict do not usually mention seizures, and the ones the say seizures just discuss Frankincense oil with no indication of type.

Aromatherapy essential oils for epilepsy


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Dr Betts Essential Oils for Epilepsy Study

Dr Betts is a doctor who used the “smell memory technique” to treat patients with intractable epilepsy (one that did not respond to  medications).

He first taught the epileptic patients self-hypnosis – relaxing at the first sign of a seizure and planting stress-free thoughts in their subconscious.

Half of the patients in his study were then given full body aromatherapy massages with which ever essential oil they found pleasant to smell. These patients used jasmine, ylang ylang, lavender, chamomile, bergamot and marjoram essential oils.

They were also told to inhale that oil whenever they felt a seizure beginning.

10 epileptic patients who received the aromatherapy massage and did self-hypnosis were seizure free at 2 years compared with 9 patients who used aromatherapy massages alone and 3 patients who used self-hypnosis alone.

It is important to note that the patients in this study were not asked to stop taking their anticonvulsant medications though some chose to do so.

Click here to learn more about this Aromatherapy Study by Dr Tim Betts.

My recommendations:

1. Consult a medical doctor or neurologist and have your boyfriend’s seizures controlled by conventional medicine. If he is not doing well on the current medications ask his doctor if there are other alternatives.

2. Do not mix the use of essential oils with using conventional medications for epilepsy since some of them can affect the activity of the medications and even cause them to have more side effects.

3. Consider using essential oils like the ones in Dr Betts study only if your neurologist tells your boyfriend that his seizures are intractable and there is nothing more he can do except recommend surgery.

Essential Oils for Epilepsy Contraindications

4. When that stage reaches, choose your aromatherapy oils carefully and keep in mind that the following essential oils should never be used by persons with epilepsy: Basil, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Hyssop, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Wintergreen, Wormwood

NB This answer is to be taken as general information and not specific medical advice.

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