Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological disorder: up to 5 per cent of the population will have at least one epileptic fit during their lifetime. Although aromatherapy cannot be said to be a cure for epilepsy, if used in conjunction with conventional therapy it can be a very valuable aid for many sufferers.
With Joan, it was clear that her fear of the attack was actually reinforcing it. Using lavender as her chosen oil, she has developed a good counter-measure response for whenever she feels her seizures start . she has now become seizure-free.10
Use in baths, vaporizers and for massage.
Particularly, apply lavender to a handkerchief and sniff it at the onset of a seizure.
Additional measures: Ylang ylang, chamomile and bergamot have been found to be effective in some cases.
Lavender has long been used as a nerve tonic in cases of debility or nervous exhaustion, indeed lavender water was originally made as a reviving perfume for ‘languor and weakness of the nerves, lowness of spirits, faintings, etc.’ According to Mrs Grieve, lavender essential oil is also ‘admirably restorative‘ and ‘a few drops of the essence of lavender in a hot footbath has a marked influence in relieving fatigue.’11
Add 8-10 drops to the bath, or footbath, as a reviving ‘pick-me-up’.
Simply inhaling lavender from a tissue in the same fashion as you would ‘smelling salts’ can help counteract feelings of weakness, dizziness or nervous weakness.
Lavender also acts as a tonic to the nervous system when used in massage oils, baths, inhalations, etc.