PARKINSON’S DISEASE

ESSENTIAL OILS

Lavender. Shown to reduce oxidative toxicity caused by certain Parkinson’s treatments.

Helichrysum. Helps reduce swelling in the brain; boosts immunity.

Frankincense and Rosemary. Can destroy toxins that may lead to neurological damage.

Vetiver. Acts as an anxiolytic (inhibits anxiety), which may help with tremors.

Research
A nine-month long study found that people with Parkinson’s who either used a blend of essential oils (clary sage, marjoram and lavender) in aromatherapy or received massages with them experienced more symptom relief than those who did not.

Home Remedy
Nervous System Support. To help relieve symptoms, rub 2 drops of frankincense, helichrysum, lavender and vetiver oil on your temples and neck twice daily. Additionally, put 2 drops of frankincense on the roof of your mouth.

Background
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative illness of the nervous system that affects the smooth natural movements of the body and results in extreme dysfunction, loss of motor skills and dementia. Parkinson's affects up to 1 million people in the U.S., and 60,000 new cases occur each year. Parkinson's strikes 50 percent more men than women, and the average age of onset is 60. Generally, those with Parkinson’s lose the ability to speak properly, have difficulty walking and may also experience tremors. This happens because people with Parkinson’s do not produce enough dopamine, which is an important chemical necessary for proper body movements and function. There is no specific known cause, but some aggravating factors include exposure to toxicity, inflammatory brain disorders, free radicals, poor nutrition and food allergies.

Suggested Supplements

» Coenzyme Q10. A powerful antioxidant that can help slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Take 1,200 milligrams daily.

» Turmeric Extract. An antioxidant that supports healthy inflammation in the body and brain.