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Essential Tremors

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


see also Parkinson's disease

Essential Tremors is a nervous disorder that can develop at any age but is more common in some older folks. Although appearing similar to a symptom of Parkinson’s disease it is not a result of it or any other disease. It also does not lead to Parkinson’s although it can coexist with it. It does have a genetic component and may repeat from generation to generation.

The tremors are grouped into three general categories.

    Rest tremors occur when a body part or limb is completely supported and at rest such that no muscle contraction is necessary but the muscles activate the unnecessary trembling.

     Postural tremors occur when a body part is held motionless against the natural force of gravity and trembling happens. Pointing with the hand extended would be an example.

     Kinetic tremors occur when a body part is voluntary moving in a task and trembling happens. Drinking from a glass or speaking with a tremor would be examples.

One or all categories can occur in an individual. The most common area for essential tremors is the hands, much less the head, then lower limbs and voice. Tremors are exacerbated with lack of rest and stress. Essential tremors progress with aging at variable rates in individuals for unknown reasons. In fact, although the underlying cause seems to be neurological they have not identified the cause and there are no other associated neurological problems found in those suffering from essential tremors.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Grounding Blend, Cypress, Frankincense, Rosemary

Essential oils based products: Massage Blend Technique, Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) supplement

Also consider: Helichrysum, Lavender, Peppermint

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Suggested protocols:

Rub 1 - 2 drops Frankincense along the spine and neck daily. And take 2 drops of Frankincense under the tongue daily. Couple with Grounding Blend and/or Lavender to calm and relax.

Use the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) consistently.

Topical application of Cypress is reported to have stopped tremors.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Bucky - Has anyone had a chance to use (...) oils for essential tremors, if so how did they work and how did you use them?

Pat - Yes, I have a client who used them for this. Two drops of Frankincense under the tongue daily and rubbed up the spine as needed.


Lily -  Can anyone tell me which oils and protocol might be effective for quieting essential tremor which my husband has been diagnosed with? It appears only in his hands when he is active. It stills when he is relaxed. It is magnified if he is nervous or if he has been doing strenuous exercise.   I have been able to calm it a little bit using "creativehealing" massage but it always seems to return.

Phil - My mother has familial tremors.  I think they are the same as essential tremors, they are not associated with or common to Parkinson’s (thank goodness). My mother’s is apparently a result of genetic mutation, something that I may have to look forward to someday.

I have concentrated my efforts on oils that would benefit the nervous system.  I believe our efforts have nearly completely stopped the recurrence of tremors, especially as we are consistent in our protocol. In the morning my sister whom lives with her does a massage using about 6-8 drops of the following blend;

30 drops Grounding Blend

30 drops Frankincense

60 drops coconut or carrier oil

She works neck (jugular vein), brainstem, shoulders and area forward toward the breast bones. She also tries to get her to take the LLV supplements. At first she was stubborn, but she recognizes how much better they make her feel. At night she does a similar massage using a couple drops each of lavender, peppermint and carrier.

Finally, every Sunday, we give her a “raindrop” type massage first using the Massage Blend oil with carrier and following up with the Grounding Blend and Frankincense blend.  We would rotate weekly between a back massage (raindrop) and a stimulating scalp massage using the same oils.

Other things we’ve learned, don’t drink caffeine or alcohol, and try to reduce stress from your life.  There are many good oils for this… Use Calming Blend, ylang ylang, or lavender as a foot rub at night before bed, etc., or use these oils if there are times of stress and anxiety.  I know everyone is different.  Frankincense and Peppermint help my anxiety tremendously; my wife loves Calming Blend or Grounding Blend and Blend for Women for her bouts with anxiety. And try to get good nightly rest… Good REM cycles!

Her doctor prior to this, recommended beta blockers (used for HBP) and tranquilizers. These both came with serious short and long term side effects, so she did not stay on those long.


Evie –  I have been contacted by someone who had mercury poisoning from mercury fillings not being removed properly.  The mercury was in her too long and got into her brain before she took action to remove it.  Now that the mercury is gone she said..."now I just need something to rewire my brain to quiet the tremors".  My first thought is to have her use frankincense and the Massage Blend method; but not sure how to advise her.. Please help!

Pat -  I would have her do the Detoxifying Blend Cleanse, use the Detoxifying Blend on the liver area, drink lots of lemon water to flush the toxins, drop 2-3 drops of Frankincense under the tongue daily and doing the Massage Blend is a blessing and will help also.


FEPW - Does anyone have any experience with tremors (or know of anyone who has used E.O. for it)? I have a friend whose mother in law has tremors (but was told that it is not Parkinson's).

Pat - I would go with Frankincense and Rosemary, I would also encourage the Massage Blend Technique. Has anyone ever suggested the LLV? I would have her use Frankincense rubbed along the spine and a couple of drops under her tongue daily.

Jan - Just in case this fits here... There is a lot of evidence that shows fake sugars such as Aspartame can cause tremors. In fact, I have a friend whose husband is a neurologist and he only accepts patients who agree not to use Aspartame and it's many cousins. Just in case this fits here.


Brooke - I was also wondering if anyone has had personal experience in helping with tremors.  This person has had Parkinson’s ruled out – and pretty much everything else as well.  Nothing has shown up in blood work, MRI’s or other testing.  The hands still shake – and they are weak.  I would recommend Frankincense – since it is great for neurological issues, but is there any other recommendations? 

Sunny - A friend of mine gave her uncle cypress to calm his hand tremors. They worked when nothing else did.  He, also, did not have Parkinson's.

Pat – I also would use frankincense however adding Helichrysum would help also. The power in the Helichrysum to regenerate would be very helpful. I would also suggest going on the LLV.


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