Happy Saturday! Weekends at our house mean catching up on cleaning, organizing for the week ahead, and having a little fun! One of our favorite ways to relax and feel rejuvenated over the weekend is by using our essential oil diffuser.
Before talking about the essential oils that I personally have found beneficial, I just want to clarify that as of now, most essential oil “uses” have not been evaluated by the FDA. Also, everyone’s body is different, so prior to using essential oils please make sure you talk to your neurologist about the potential effects on your Epilepsy.
I am a firm believer in Integrative Therapy. This means that I believe medication can go a long way to decrease seizure activity, and that other healthy living practices in addition to medication can be very useful towards improving our overall well being. Some of the healthy living practices I enjoy and find helpful (in addition to taking my AED’s) are: incorporating fruits and vegetables into my diet, taking regular walks, drinking plenty of water, getting 7-9 hours of sleep, taking quiet time to read/pray/meditate, and using both my essential oil air diffuser & my diffuser necklace.
There is quite a bit of opinion-based information online about which essential oils are good and bad for seizure activity. A lot of this information is somewhat contradictory, so I am simply going to share which essential oils I have personally found to be beneficial for my wellbeing.
- Eucalyptus – calming, invigorating, and known for its cleansing abilities
- Grapefruit – uplifting, revitalizing, supports a healthy immune system
- Lavender – calming, brings a sense of peace and harmony
- Peppermint – uplifting, supports normal digestion
- Tea Tree – purifying, useful for skin care and cleansing effects
- Thieves – calming, supports the immune system
The main way that we make use of these essential oils is with our air-diffuser. It uses water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to gently purify the air in your home. I also use a diffuser necklace; soaking a few drops of oil onto the clay ball inside the necklace allows it to disperse its scent close to your body so that you are immersed in it through out the day.
Do you have any essential oils other than these that you have found particularly useful? Do you have any questions about essential oils? If so, please feel free to contact me! I’d love to hear more about your journey with Epilepsy.
Have a fantastic weekend, and remember to Seize The Day!