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.
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Lavender has long been used as a nerve tonic in cases of debility or nervous exhaustion, indeed lavender water was originally made as a reviving perfume for ‘languor and weakness of the nerves, lowness of spirits, faintings, etc.
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? 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.
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.