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Epilepsy and Essential Oil Dangers I Life Essentially Aromatherapist Barbara Christensen

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Epilepsy and Essential Oils 

As you know we are careful with essential oil use with children, those with low immune system, and the elderly. We dilute and sometimes do not use certain oils because of their systems or small capacity to deal with the components of essential oils. This list grows as you learn more about illnesses and medications and you know that there can be some interactions between essential oils and medications - and your everyday user may not even realize it.

For those with epilepsy they are either fearful of oils because of the components of several oils being something that could trigger seizures, or they have found out that some oils are exceptionally amazing for calming you down and that is where aromatherapy becomes a support in our daily lives. So let's talk about both of these issues. 

Epilepsy and Essential Oil Dangers  I Life Essentially Aromatherapist Barbara Christensen

Essential Oil Dangers and Keytones

Ketones are molecules that we consider to not be “user friendly” to that that are sensitive to neurotoxic properties. So to administer them you must do so with knowledge and care, and know which oils should not be used with people who have Epilepsy. Keytone molecules are irritant to the central nervous system and their general therapeutic effects are:

  • · Strong mucolytics
  • · Promote skin regeneration
  • · Wound healing agent
  • · Internally: potentially neurotoxic and hepatotoxic.

The oils we want to keep away from are Rosemary, fennel, sage, eucalyptus, hyssop, camphor and spike lavender. I also will sometimes recommend not using Basil, or Wintergreen depending on the actual use, and the client, and what their doctor recommends.

In my main oil group I stay away from without a doctor's approval are Basil, Birch, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Oregano, Peppermint Rosemary, Wintergreen, Massage Blend, Digestive Blend, Joyful Blend, Tension Blend, Encouraging Blend, Respiratory Blend, Soothing Blend, and Protective Blend or any blend that contains one of the at risk oils, in the oils and oil blends we use and in any products that may use these oils in their base ingredients. 

A survey of the literature shows essential oils of 11 plants to be powerful convulsants (eucalyptus, fennel, hyssop, pennyroyal, rosemary, sage, savin, tansy, thuja, turpentine, and wormwood) due to their content of highly reactive monoterpene ketones, such as camphor, pinocamphone, thujone, cineole, pulegone, sabinylacetate, and fenchone.

Newest updates state to be careful of any oil with neurotoxic activities. Therefore I am updating this with a recommendation to stay away from Peppermint as well as we've started seeing more reports of pulegone content being a problem.

What oils can you use for aromatherapy that have been found to be supportive? 

However there are some oils that have been known to be helpful as well. Organic Facts lists that Mugwort's "soothing and the relaxing effects of this oil..." makes it very calming.

German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile
are very calming and work well together for inhalation due to irritative reactions and . Note that the chamomile family can make Anti-seizure medications, such as phenytoin (Dilantin) and valproic acid (Depakote) react stronger in the body. Again, working with a certified aromatherapist, your doctor and pharmacist is the best way to keep away from any interactive oils when taking medications for your illness.

Patchouli has also been known to be soothing to some hypersenstive reactions, and for parents it can help with focus as well. Don't we all need a little more of that in our busy lives?

In a 2014 study and other relevant studies researchers concluded that the consumption of Boswellia extract (Frankincense Essential Oil) increases the learning ability in epileptic animals, which they were looking at because these seizures causes memory impairment.

So that is why I like to recommend using the balancing blend as support for relaxation and calming properties while we watch and wait on the groundbreaking clinical trial for using medical marijuana as a seizure treatment.

I will talk more another day about other ways that I use the balancing blend.
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Essential oils are not a cure, they are not a medicine, and they are only there to support your system, not treat an illness. Keep that in mind as you start learning more about essential oils, let me know if you have any questions.
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Barbara Christensen - Life Essentially

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