Essential oils for help with stroke symptomsDecember 28, 2014 2:17 am
An interview with natural heath practitioner Ann Fancy on the soothing and healing effects of aromatherapy for stroke
One of the purposes of Rock the Stroke is to discuss alternative therapies for stroke recovery – those other than the big drug company prescriptions written off at the drop of a hat.
One such alternative therapy has completely replaced most over-the-counter and script drugs for Ann Fancy and her family – as well as a slew of people she helps in metro Detroit and around the country. It’s called essential oils therapy (also known as aromatherapy). Ann says essential oils have an array of intensely healing properties for many medical conditions, ailments, illnesses and diseases, including stroke. (Note my disclaimer, warning every reader that this is not medical advice and you must run everything by your doctor first.)
A natural health enthusiast, Ann is a Young Living Essential Oils distributor. She’s also a yoga instructor and trains new yoga teachers. Ann and her wife Gina are special to me and Drew. I became friends with Gina through my day job as a legal writer. When she learned of Drew’s stroke, she went home and begged Ann to give Drew pro-bono medical yoga. Gina told Ann she would do the dishes for a year if she helped us. And Ann did – all the way through her pregnancy with their sweet daughter, Rosie. (We will discuss medical yoga for stroke in a subsequent post.)
Now a Q and A with Ann on essential oils and stroke recovery.
Q. What are essential oils?
A. Essential oils are natural oils, typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted. It’s the vital fluid in every plant. For instance, the scent and moisture of lavender that people rub on themselves is lavender’s essential oil.
The FDA can’t regulate essential oils, even though they have chemical constituents that synthetic medications copy.
Q. What do essential oils do?
A. Since my family started using the oils, it’s been ridiculous all the ways we now use them, and they work! Now that I better understand the science of the oils, I get why they work. They are made to keep “nature” resilient and they work the same on us… They are an incredible way to treat the typical illnesses, ailments, discomforts…instead of running for a Claritin, Tylenol, Motrin, etc.
Anyhow, the essential oils are amazing in helping alleviate all sorts of things from allergies, poor sleeping, skin issues, anxiety, pain, inflammation, headaches, bug bites, sore throats, coughs, colds, flu, stuffy noses, energy, and the list goes on and on and includes stroke symptoms.
Q. How do essential oils work?
A. The process of getting the oil out of the plant involves a large commercial facility canister filled up with plant material. But that only makes between a quarter cup and two cups of very potent essential oils. The plants have to be adaptable to survive. They have the same predators we have, like bacteria and fungus. So what the plats do is create antimicrobials, antifungals and antivirals so they can survive. Essential oils distill those healing properties from the plant.
There are no fats in oils that come from plants, like those in olive oil. Another thing about essential oils is they’re super potent. In one drop, there are literally 40 trillion molecules. Most things don’t have that molecular density, and that density means you can breathe essential oils through your nose or that they penetrate your skin really quickly.
With essential oils, there are two kinds of cellular components and three things they do:
1. Thenols: Thenols help create conditions where the viruses and bacteria can’t live. They literally clean receptor sites on your cells.
2. Monoterpeenes: These reprogram written information in cellular memory. For example, cancer is a malfunction in the cell, so the essential oils go in and rewrite the cellular memory.
What’s cool is they support homeostasis, health and balance, where as most prescription medications turn off receptor sites and block things. Oils clean, repair and rewrite the cells.
3. The last one is sesquiterpense, which erase and reprogram the cells.
A few oils have all three qualities, like frankincense. There are studies on frankincense and stage 4 ovarian cancer that show the essential oils helped rewrite and heal the cancerous cells.
You’re basically helping the general function in the body and helping to energize. For example, rose oil has 320 megahertz frequency, can help bring your frequency up. As it gets higher, your health gets better. Same with peppermint.
If you’re wired, some essential oils will bring the frequency down, such as patchouli.
Here’s a video I made explaining how the oils work:
Q. How do you get essential oils into your system?
A. There are three ways:
- Diffuse: You need a high-quality diffuser with medical-grade plastic. The fine, cool mist allows the molecules to go into the air and you breath them in. Diffusing essential oils kills airborne germs and 99% of staph infections.
- Smell it from the bottle.
- Apply it to your skin: For instance, applying it to the back of your ears and neck for sleep, anxiety and depression. It gets through your skin very quickly and into your blood circulatory system within two minutes. It penetrates every cell of your body within 26 minutes.
The cool thing is the limbic system is your lizard brain: programmed for flight or flight. So when you breath in the essential oils, it bypasses your thinking mind and goes straight into your limbic system. So for brain injury or stroke, by simply breathing in the oils, you’re not only getting molecules through your nose, it goes back to your primal brain at a really visceral functioning. It helps with grounding energy and getting rid of chaos in brain and helps you become more alert.
Some people injest. But it’s important to remember that not all oils are created equally. If you go to the health food store and the oil says 100% pure, it can still have only synthetic oil and/or other additives.
Q. So what essential oils are appropriate for people looking to ease their stroke symptoms?
A. Many stroke survivors are trying to get the body behave in way they remember. Oils are good for combatting anxiety, increasing focus and can help ease into accepting the space you’re in and reality of now.
You can read “The Desk Reference,” a book that tells you what to use when. But here are a few starter recommendations:
Issues with cognition and thought process: Vetiver, Cedarwood, Valor, Brain Power
Pain: Panaway, Deep Relief, Aroma Siez, Peppermint, Relive it. Balsam Fir, Copaiba.
Stress, anxiety, depression: Valor, Stress Away, Frankincense, Peace and Calming, Vetiver, Orange, Citrus Fresh, Tranquil, Rutavala, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile.
Will essential oils heal you completely? No, but they can give you relief without the side effects of prescription drugs.
Q. What about muscle weakness or paralysis?
A. According to the essential oils guide:
Singles: Ravintsara, Dorado azul, Palo santo, Douglas fir, juniper, nutmeg, Idaho balsam fir.
Blends: En-R-Gee, The Gift, Sacred Mountain.
Topical: You may apply single oils or blends neat or diluted, depending on the oil or oils that are used. Massage four to six drops, diluted 50/50 into weak muscles three times daily.
Q. Are there essential oils for stroke in general?
A. “The Desk Reference” also discusses oils for the two types of stroke in general: Thrombotic (also referred to as ischemic) and hemorrhagic.
Singles: Helichrysum, cistus, nutmeg, cypress, sandalwood, juniper, grapefruit, orange, clove
Blends: Longevity, Aroma Life, Juva Cleanse
- Diffuse your choice of oils for a half hour every four to six hours as desired.
- Pour two to three drops of your chosen oil in your hands and rub them together, cup your hands over your nose and inhale throughout the day as needed.
The essential oil of cypress may help strengthen vascular walls. You may apply single oils or blends neat or diluted, depending on how the oils are used.
Apply one to two drops neat on temples and back of neck as desired. A single drop under the nose is helpful and refreshing.
Massage two to four drops of oil neat on the soles of the feet just before bedtime.
Singles: Cypress, citrus, helichrysum
Blends: Brain Power, Common Sense, Clarity, Longevity, Stress Away Roll-On, Peace & Calming
You may apply single oils or blends neat or diluted, depending on the oils that are used.
Apply one to three drops, diluted 50/50 on temples, forehead, mastoids, back of neck and at the base of the throat just above clavicle notch.
A single drop under the nose is helpful and refreshing.
Massage two to four drops of oil neat on Vita Flex brain points on the soles of the feet just before bedtime.
Here’s a fascinating article about aromatherapy and essential oils on a stroke rehab unit, with specific case studies and results.
And here are some testimonials on stroke recovery from another essential oils company.
Q. How do you use essential oils for common ailments?
A. As I mentioned, the essential oils from Young Living are all 100% pure, therapeutic grade oils you can diffuse, apply topically, and many are ingestible. Basically things that you’d typically run to the medicine cabinet for, or if you are like me… the things I used to “suffer through” instead of medicating.
Here is just some of what we’ve used, with success, so far:
Purification: On mosquito bites, diffusing to get smells our of the air (fish) and “freshen up” a room, acne, sore throat, bug spray.
Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint: Allergy “Bomb” (a must have in our house!) Lavender alone for everything: Cuts, burns, sleep, perfume, diaper rash, skin irritations.
Panaway: Headaches and muscle aches, joints, fevers, arthritis, inflammation.
Frankincense: Migraines, zits and warts, anti-aging, wrinkles, brown spots, stretch marks, pain, fevers, stress, sleep, digestion.
Thieves: Fighting illness, sore throat, cold, flu, athletes foot; great to diffuse to clean the air when someone in the house is sick and so much more. Oral health, gums, cancer/cold sores, etc. Love the thieves cleaner and all the thieves products. I would swim in it…if it made sense to do so..haha. Really, cleaning stinky yoga mat.
Lemon: Cleaning, allergies, drainage, mood, energy.
Peppermint: Tummy aches, headaches, constipation, alertness.
Stress Away: The obvious – stress! Sleep, headaches, Rosie’s doc visits.
Citrus Fresh: Depression, creativity, detox, concentration, room freshener.
Meleuca A (Tea Tree): Diaper rash, lice prevention (for the babysitter), infection, tooth pain, skin issues.
Two of my favorites are:
Peace & Calming: Diffuse at night and put on bottoms of feet to help sleep, temper tantrums. Also for our anxious senior dogs who paces at night.
Valor: Bruises, stress, anxiety, focus, teeth grinding/TMJ, sleep, ADD, spinal issues (like need to get an adjustment at chiro).
Some other faves for anxiety sleep: Cedarwood, Tranquil, Grounding, Release, Into the Future.
Q. How can someone get your essential oils?
A. Talk with your doctor first. You can find out more info about Young Living on our website and Facebook page. You can order the oils through me as a distributor for a discount. Also, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have about the oils. I like to form relationships with the people I help, so I can answer questions and recommend the oil that will be best for the issues they’re looking to target.
Q. How much are essential oils?
A. Young Living essential oils can range from $5 a bottle to $100. A starter kit, which includes 12 oils and a diffuser costs $150.