see also: Nerve
Bell’s palsy occurs when there is nerve damage to the
facial nerve that controls the muscles from the front of the
face to behind the ear including some taste sensory functions
and tear and saliva production. There are two facial
nerves, (seventh cranial nerve) one on each side of the
skull. They exit the brain cavity just below the ear
and then divide and service the various parts of the face.
The most common cause of Bell’s palsy is inflammation from a
viral infection the most common being the herpes virus that
also causes cold sores. The viral infection causes
inflammation that then puts pressure on the facial nerve.
Symptoms may include numbness or drooping in the face,
difficulty with chewing or speech, drooling, dry eye,
tearing, loss of taste, pain around the ear, and irritation
from loud sounds.
Various disorders other than herpes simplex can also
cause damage to the facial nerve and are also considered
Bell’s palsy but facial paralysis that commonly occurs with
a stroke or a TIA are not considered Bell’s palsy.
Oils, blends & products
Please note: The information provided below
is a compilation of suggestions made by
those that have used essential oils and has
NOT been scientifically verified with
clinical tests nor reviewed by medical
experts. It is anecdotal information and
should be treated as such. For serious
medical concerns please seek professional
Oils & Blends:
Frankincense, Geranium, Protective Blend, Peppermint
Essential oils based
products: Massage Blend Technique, Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV),
and GI Cleansing Formula Cleanse
Use Protective Blend internally (or other antiviral oils) in the event the source is
a viral infection. To repair and restore damage to the
facial nerve apply 1 to 2 drops of Frankincense (or other recommended oils)
topically to the area below the ear and the disturbed points on the
face 2-3 times per day.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Please note: The information provided below is
a compilation of the experiences of others that have
used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically
verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical
experts. It is anecdotal information and should be
treated as such. For serious medical concerns please
seek professional medical attention.
Misty -Has anyone
had experience with Bell's Palsy and what oils would help?
Pat - I have a friend who had Bell's
Palsy and still had residual nerve damage. She started using
the Frankincense and it really has helped. I would suggest
Roman Chamomile also, as it promotes nerve health.
Rob - Balls palsy is thought to be a
virus that attacks the facial nerves. We used Protective Blend to
kill the virus. We also did Massage Blend technique. Then we
used nerve-regenerating oils to help the damaged nerves —
Frankincense, Peppermint, Geranium, and Grounding Blend. We
applied these to the head, base of scull, and with the
Massage Blend Technique. Within a few days he was showing great
improvement. We continued treatment until there was no
evidence that there was ever a problem.
Qiy -My friend has
bell's palsy. The B12 injections, alternating hot/cold
compresses and facial muscle exercises prescribed at the
naturopathic clinic have improved his eye muscle control,
speech and tongue function, and a return of sensation of the
facial muscles in general! But his eye is still very
sensitive to light, fumes, and smoke and there is some
lingering facial tingling and numbness. It's been over a
year now and we are wondering if/how/which essential oils
might help. Any thoughts or experience would be greatly
Julie Ann – Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme
topically and aromatically
Pat – The ones I have known about with
Bell’s palsy had great success using Frankincense.
Under the tongue and the back of the neck.
Pete – Someone described how
Frankincense and Protective Blend rubbed on the gums worked wonders
for Bell’s palsy.
Cindee - My
brother-in-law was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy. What
advise/remedy can I offer him? Thank you!
Pat – Start with Frankincense on the
crown of the head, bottom of the feet and back of the neck,
every two hours the first day, followed by 3-4 times a day.
It would help if you could get him on the GI Cleansing Formula cleanse.