Essential Oils for Parkinson’s Disease
A customer recently asked us for information and recipes to help deal with the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. In researching some ideas for him, we came across a site that many of you might like -- Positive Health out of the U.K. The particular article in question discussed a research study using a blend of essential oils that included Marjoram (Origanum majorana), Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) and Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).
Parkinson's and Aromatherapy
The patients were divided into three groups: the first group received a regular aromatherapy massage from a therapist along with using essential oils at home in the form of massage and baths. The second group used essential oils at home, but did not receive a massage from a therapist, and the third group received regular massage sessions from a therapist, but no home use of essential oils.
The symptoms studied included: tremors, slurred speech, rigidity, muscle or joint pain, cramp, low energy, weakness in limbs, hypertension, memory loss, insomnia, constipation, headaches, nausea, nightmares, difficulty in swallowing, anxiety and/or depression.
The results, at the end of the nine month study, showed improvement in the two groups using aromatherapy, and less improvement in the group receiving massage without essential oils. Here is the entire article, for those who are interested, with a detailed explanation of the outcomes. Certainly worth looking into for anyone who has, or is caring for, someone with Parkinson's.
Along with articles on aromatherapy, this site includes research on all kinds of alternative healing modalities, specific diseases, nutrition and more. It's a great resource for anyone interested in alternative healing, and the aromatherapy section has articles by Gabriel Mojay, Shirley Price (who led the study on Parkinson's) among others.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational purposes only, and not intended to treat, prescribe, cure, or diagnose any disease or condition. This information is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Dreaming Earth Botanicals is not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations, or procedures discussed. All matters pertaining to your physical health should be supervised by a health care professional. Keep all aromatherapy products out of reach of children.