Facts About Essential Oils and Epilepsy
Prevention for Epileptics
Did you know about 3 million people suffer from epilepsy! I am one of them...Listed below are some interesting facts some people may not be aware of and should avoid exposure to if you or someone you know suffers from epilepsy.
Essential Herbal Oils can cause seizures! Here is the list of 11 oils that trigger seizures;
Believe it or not! These oils need to be avoided by all epileptic sufferers...
Although these are natural and some can be taken orally and also cooked with in foods, those type may not cause or trigger a seizure because they are mixed with other compounds but still have a chance of triggering or causing a seizure.
Camphor should be avoided for people with seizures.
Note: These oils should also be avoided if you are pregnant. Use caution and/or consult your doctor if you plan to use these oils. Also, keep in mind that massage therapists typically use these oils in their aromatherepy treatment.
Caffeine should be monitored. Too much stimulant can increase the risk of a seizure. Caffeine is found in sodas, coffee, tea, cocoa, and other food and beverages.
Borage Oil should be avoided and is used for rheumatoid arthritis.
Chamomile although it is a relaxant, it too should be avoided for epileptics.
Ephedra is a big NO! NO!
Evening primrose may interact with other seizure medications.
Ginkgo is a 50/50 chance for triggering seizures and only a few reports show it has cuased seizures. I am epileptic & I decided to just avoid it. I just want to provide all the facts & not opinions.
Ginseng increases the levels of hormones (ACTH) corticosteroids which raise the chance of a seizure.
Kava can cause serious liver damage if mixed with seizure medication, anti-depressants, and/or benzodiazepines.
St. John's wort causes liver enzymes changes mixed with seizure medication. Studies show that it doesn't cause or trigger seizures but does effect the enzyme levels when mixed with seizure medicine.
Valerian just adds fatigue and more drowsiness when mixed with other seizure medications.
I hope these tips where helpful in maintainig proper prevention for those of us that suffer from this illness.
We all got to eat but it can turn out to be a life-threatening situation in a matter of seconds. Depending on the type of seizures you are diagnosed with from your doctor. Listed below are a few tips to provide safety....
- Never eat slumped over or laying down! Always, sit upright.
- Always make sure that the people you are with know the basics in case you start to choke.
- Nonskid surfaces will definitely help, just in case...
- Arm rests on chairs will help prevent a fall to the ground or at least slow the fall.
Famous people who are claimed to have had Epilepsy:
- Julius Caesar
- Bud Abbott (Abbott & Costello) He drank to hide it!
- Danny Glover (Had it from the age of 15 to 35)
- Martha Parke Custis (George Washington's stepdaughter)
- Ida McKinley (First Lady of the United States)
- Neil Young (singer-songwriter)
- Jimmy Reed (blues singer)
- Harriet Tubman (African-American Abolitionist)
- Ezekial (Holy Bible)
- Joan of Arc
The list goes on.....There are more people who suffer from epilepsy than most are aware of in this great big world......
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