Essentials Oils and Epilepsy
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Essentials Oils and Epilepsy

Many essential oils (EOs) have anticonvulsant activity and might benefit people with epilepsy.

• lemongrass,
• lavender,
• clove,
• dill, and
• other EOs containing constituents such as asarone, carvone, citral, eugenol, or linalool are good candidates for evaluation as antiepileptic drugs.

On the other hand, some EOs have convulsant effects and may trigger seizures in both epileptic and healthy individuals.

• sage
• hyssop
• rosemary
• camphor
• pennyroyal
• eucalyptus
• cedar
• thuja
• fennel can cause epileptic seizures because they contain thujone, 1,8-cineole, camphor, or pinocamphone, which have been identified as convulsive agents.

More research is required to confirm the exact mechanisms of why these essential oils have the effect on seizure activity.

Have you had any experience that leads you to believe that you may react to these essential oils?

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