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bell's palsy

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also: Nerve damage.

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 fuSevethCranialNervenctions 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 recommended:

Oils & Blends: Frankincense, Geranium, On Guard, Peppermint

Essential oils based products: AromaTouch Technique, Life Long Vitality supplements, and GX Assist Cleanse

Also consider: Helichrysum

Suggested protocols:

Use On Guard 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

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 On Guard to kill the virus. We also did aroma touch technique. Then we used nerve-regenerating oils to help the damaged nerves — Frankincense, Peppermint, Geranium, and Balance.  We applied these to the head, base of scull, and with the AromaTouch 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 appreciated.

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 On Guard 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 GX Assist cleanse.

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