A stroke is when a blood clot interrupts blood flowing to or within the brain.
Symptoms of Stroke:
If you believe you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs do not hesitate to call 911 for immediate treatment!
Suddenly feeling weak in an arm, hand or leg
Cannot feel one side of your face or body
Suddenly cannot see out of one eye
Suddenly have a hard time walking
Cannot understand what someone is saying
Feeling dizzy or losing your balance
Having the worst headache you have ever had
How to Recognize a Stroke:
If you think someone is having a stroke, remember the 60 second test:
1. Ask the individual to smile.
2. Ask him or her to raise both arms.
3. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “It is sunny out today.”
IF THE INDIVIDUAL HAS TROUBLE WITH ANY OF THESE TASKS, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
(The above (Symptoms and Recognizing a Stroke) are taken from the American Stroke Foundation
Just a quick note: regular use of any of the oils mentioned in this article or any of the supplements can also be considered for those of you who have not experienced a stroke and do not wish to have one. It is easier to prevent a stroke as opposed to dealing with recovering from one.
In referring to stroke patients, “Many patients need help to regain their strength and walk again. Ecas chief executive David Griffiths said, aromatherapy was a good way to improve the quality of life for those with physical disabilities. A survey conducted by Ecas found that half the patients questioned after an aromatherapy treatment reported improvements in joint mobility. The charity also found that three quarters of patients reported a decrease in physical tension and more than half felt an increased sense of wellbeing.”
Using essential oils will help not only the person who experienced the stroke, but also those assisting in
their care. The essential oils will help with frayed nerves for all.
Since a stroke affects the blood flowing to or in the brain the best place to apply the oils is: on the base of
the neck, temples, and the bottom of the feet, paying particular attention to the big toes of the feet. (Why
big toes? In reflexology your big toe is your head.)
There are several oils that have been shown in laboratory tests to pass the blood brain barrier. The essential oil that is best known for this miraculous feat is Frankincense. You can place a drop of Frankincense under your tongue (diluted) and within three seconds it will be affecting the brain (in a positive way if you have a good essential oil). It doesn’t taste great, but have a drink of water to chase the taste away.
Speaking of water, your brain is 90% water. It is also over 65% oxygen. If you’re not drinking water you are missing out on one of the easiest things you can do to help yourself stay healthy. By the way, water is water, nothing added. Why do we say that? Because only water can rehydrate the brain.
Essential oils recommended for dealing with a stroke and reasons why:
Frankincense: Relaxing oil, powerful antidepressant. Used as an aid for people dealing with
brain damage. Assists in controlling tremors. Able to cross the blood brain barrier and assist in brain repair and function. Reduces scar tissue.
Geranium: Remedy for emotional and physical wounds, aids circulation, regenerates cells and Taps into the power of the heart.
Helichrysum: Decongests, unblocks, and rejuvenates. Great for the nervous system. One of the best essential oils for traumas. Where the body has been wounded or the emotions assaulted, this oil provides relief. It has the capacity to mobilize emotional paralysis, work with neuralgia, and is a neurotonic. It also improves meridian flow. If you are dealing with nerves this is the first oil to reach for. Helps stimulate the myelin sheathe and helps migrate the nerves so they can jump over or around a damaged area (neurosynaptic repair). Nerve regrowth is a slow process; expect 2-3 months recovery for every year it’s been damaged. First sign of regrowth will be tingling sensation, then burning, then pain. Helichrysum oil can dissolve blood clots.
Lavender: Comforts, revives the spirit and calms the mind. Balances the skin, body, and mind. Regenerates cells and thread veins. Reduces scarring. Relieves pain, heals wounds, and
rejuvenates. Can dissolve blood clots.
Lemon: Improves circulation, tones capillaries and veins. Addresses slackened muscle tissue and poor circulation.
Peppermint: Energizes a sluggish body. It detoxifies and activates lymph flow and drainage.
Rosemary: Excellent for regeneration. Assists with blood flow. Excellent to use following paralysis or where degeneration of muscular tissue has occurred in the body. Stimulates circulation, provides the body with energy and vitality. Combats physical and mental lethargy and strengthens arterial blood flow. Promotes circulation in the extremities of the body. Do not use with high blood-pressure or seizures.
Sandalwood: Renowned for treating the mind and body at the same time. Tissue regenerator, deprograms cellular misinformation and carries oxygen at the cellular level, increases capillary circulation. If I might make two suggestions as to the preferred essential oils that have shown the fastest results in dealing with a stroke: Helichrysum and Frankincense.
Nutritional Supplements that are also worth looking at:
• A good liquid nutritional supplement like VitaWave and Thai Go.
• Nattozimes is a potent fibrinolytic enzyme that has been shown to support normal blood pressure, dissolve blood clots and prevent them from forming in the first place!
• Super Omega 3 helps keep the blood more viscous and help remove plaque on the walls.
• HS II: Helps keep arteries open and clean, and improves circulation.
• 400-600 IU Vitamin E per day has been shown to reduce risk of heart attack by up to 40%.
• CoQ10 – 50mg has been shown to strengthen a weak heart. In tests many people have been able to reduce heart and blood pressure medications by taking CoQ10 supplements. NSP Coq-10 50 mg is equal to over 400 mg of any other brand, because it liquefies in the body while others crystallize in the body.