Anyone who has ever personally experienced or witnessed someone having a seizure or epilepsy knows what a scary and traumatic event it can be. There are several different tools to use when combatting the before, during and after effects of these occurrences, including medication and more homeopathic approaches, such as Aromatherapy.
Seizures take place when there is sudden, abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Although seizures often cause the entire body to convulse involuntarily, this is not always the result, since there are many different types. They fall into two main categories. The first kind is a “focal seizure” and is often called a partial seizure since it occurs in only one part of the brain. A “generalized seizure,” on the other hand, takes place when there is abnormal activity on both sides of the brain. Generalized tonic-clonic, or grand mal, seizures are the ones that most people are familiar with, as they result in falling, shaking or jerking.
A typical seizure last 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Once a seizure is complete, a person typically starts breathing on his or her own. A person is diagnosed with Epilepsy when they experience continual seizures on a regular basis.
It is important to know what you should or should not do when you see someone experiencing a seizure. First, help them gently to the floor, and clear the area around them. You should place your hand under their head so they do not hit it on the floor. Then, turn them on their side to help keep the airways as open as possible and ease breathing. If it is the person’s first seizure or it lasts longer than 5 minutes, call an ambulance.
Here are some things to avoid: holding the person down, performing CPR, and offering food or water before the person is fully recovered, as the person can choke.
Below are 2 essential oils that can be beneficial in the event of a seizure or for people with Epilepsy.
One of the biggest benefits to the use of Aromatherapy and essential oils for seizures is their calming properties. For some people, abnormal brain activity can be caused by extreme stress; this is where soothing oils like Chamomile come in handy. This oil is both mentally and physically restoring, helping with the mental and physical strain that can result from a seizure. Physical pain can occur during a seizure if a person comes into contact with a hard or sharp surface. For mental relaxation, Chamomile is great to add to diffuser blends or to a warm running bath (I recommend using Sleep Bath Salts). For physical relief, add a few drops to a carrier oil and gently massage into the desired area, particularly the temples and back of the neck.
This oil is particularly beneficial for those who experience seizures regularly, as it helps with both brain activity and breathing. Frankincense has been shown to affect the limb system, which helps stimulate the brain and nervous system, and has the potential to positively affect memory, alertness and emotional release. It is fantastic for easing mental strain and anxiety. This oil can help slow down and deepen breath by helping to improve circulation and reduce inflammation. These are the same reasons why Frankincense can also be beneficial for pain relief. For application, blend with a carrier oil and gently massage into the temples and neck—use nightly or as needed.
There also isn’t a single treatment or alternative remedy that will work for everyone. Your neurologist is your best source of epilepsy information and care. Your brain is a complex network. Each case is different, and seizures vary in severity and frequency.
Different kinds of epilepsy also respond to different herbs and different medications. Herbs or other natural treatments may interfere with medications and seizures might result.
Many people try varying treatment methods until they find one that works best for them. Epilepsy is a serious disease, and it’s important to prevent seizures. Natural treatments may complement your medical treatment. In some cases, these therapies may even improve your treatment.
Despite their potential, natural treatments still pose significant risks. This is especially the case with herbs and vitamins, as they can interact with some medications.
Some supplements can even be as powerful as conventional drugs. Be sure to consult your doctor before adding any herbs or supplements to your regimen.
You shouldn’t discount natural treatments for epilepsy, but treat them as separate options for epilepsy care. Take note of which methods interest you and discuss them with your doctor before you try them.
The safest way to treat epilepsy is in full consultation with your neurologist. Adding herbs or other treatments without consulting them may interfere with your medication’s effectiveness and might risk more seizures.