How Aromatherapy Can Help with Epilepsy2019-02-09T03:54:11+00:00


by Marcela De Vivo

Epilepsy is frightening, and can often put a strong damper on a person’s day-to-day activities. There are a lot of unknowns that come with epilepsy, therefore, it can be difficult to plan around its symptoms. Fortunately, aromatherapy has been shown to help in aiding with those dealing with epilepsy.

It is important to note that before trying any kind of aromatherapy, epileptic patients should always speak to their doctor first. Some essential oils can mix poorly with seizure medications, therefore, the doctor should always give their approval beforehand going ahead with aromatherapy treatments. It should also be noted that aromatherapy should always be used in conjunction with the medication.

A vaporizer is also very useful in aromatherapy at home as it releases the helpful oils into the air throughout a room.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

Certain essential oils can actually be absorbed into the bloodstream, causing the chemicals in one’s body to change. These chemical changes could greatly affect what triggers the body to seizure. Chamomile, Cedarwood, Jasmine, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang can soothe the nervous system and help it to balance itself out.

While aromatherapy does not cure epilepsy, it is a very beneficial supportive, non-invasive treatment for most epileptic patients. The essential oils that are used influence the brain, allowing for an oncoming seizure to sometimes stop completely.

Frankincense, which is one of the most popular essential oils for epilepsy, helps the limbic portions of the brain, which, in turn, aids in memory and emotional releases.When using frankincense to prevent seizures, put a drop on the bottom of both big toes, or on one’s neck and temples each night.

Frankincense can also be placed under the tongue nightly.When a seizure is beginning, inhaling frankincense can lessen the severity of the seizure.

Lemon and orange essential oils also aid in brain stimulation. These oils should be put on the bottoms of each big toe.

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Essential Oils to Avoid

While there are many helpful essential oils, there are some dangerous essential oils to avoid as well, especially those suffering from epilepsy. These oils can actually trigger and stimulate seizures, and should be avoided at all costs. These oils are harmful when they are taken orally as well as when absorbed through the skin. Here is a list of eleven essential oils to avoid if you struggle with epilepsy:

  • Wormwood
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Hyssop
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Tansy
  • Savin
  • Thuja
  • Pennyroyal
  • Turpentine

Sometimes, these oils can be mixed with other compounds to reduce the risk of seizures; however, to be on the safer side of things, it is best to avoid these oils.

Although epilepsy can be a life-altering condition, there are many ways to combat it and make it more manageable to deal with. It can be a very crippling disease, but aromatherapy is a great way to help prevent seizures before they even begin!

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in Southern California whose writing specializes in health, marketing, tech and business. She loves learning about aromatherapy and works with VapeWorld to educate others about the health benefits of using vaporizers and humidifiers for a variety of ailments.


  1. Jennifer Johnson January 3, 2020 at 10:58 am - Reply

    I just want to say thank you xxxxxxxx

  2. Kathleen Brown February 1, 2020 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I think I managed to avert a seizures in my eighty year old husband today .as he was feeling sick and very hot and confused I really hope this was the case as he developed gran mall two years ago after a car accident and they really terrified me as he goes into multiple one sometimes he is on a low dose of medication but as they make him more confused we do not want to increase them I also put a drop on each big toe nape of neck before he goes to bed and burn the oil in a defuser it really hope this help and am very grateful for the hope thankyou

  3. Barbara Kabrick February 9, 2020 at 5:51 am - Reply

    My son has been having uncontrolled seizures for about 20 years. He’s had a vagus nerve stimulater and even brain surgery to try to control them. And he’s tried nearly every seizure medication available. He currently takes a combination of 4 seizure medications, but still has episodes of seizures 2-3 times a week, usually involving a trip to the ER in an ambulance. Because of the type of seizures he has, it’s too dangerous to try to drive him there. He’s broken out my windshield twice! For the last few months, however, we have been using Franklncense oil cut with fractionated coconut oil, applied in his belly button. If used immediately at the onset, his seizures stop within minutes! It’s taken awhile to acknowledge that this actually was working, but it does! If he doesn’t use it right away, it takes awhile to stop them, but last couple of trips to the ER, the seizures were completely stopped by the time the ambulance got him.there and he came back home without being admitted. This actually works, and it has been life-changing!

    • toribruce February 15, 2020 at 1:46 am - Reply

      This is amazing! We’re so happy for you, thank you for sharing!

  4. Elaine February 24, 2020 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    My 2 granddaughters, one has epilepsy and it’s been said to avoid teatree oil, however her sister could ideally do with using tea tree oil. We scared to take the risks. It’s only very minimal on a head band to prevent head lice Epidermic at school. Any help would be appreciated thank you

    • toribruce February 25, 2020 at 12:59 am - Reply

      Triggers are different for different people. If your granddaughter has never really had a proven seizure from Tea Tree Oil, it may or may not be a trigger for her. It does have a strong scent, so if strong scents are usually triggers for her, this may not be any different. In our experience starting with the least amount possible is usually the best route to go (however that may not make enough of a difference with the lice situation.) I’m sorry we can’t be more helpful- if only everyone were the same!

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