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Neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia

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


see also: Nerve damage.

Neuralgia is pain that originates from damage or changes to the pathway of a nerve.  Pain typically originates when an external stimulus triggers a sensory nerve receptor that, in turn, sends a signal to the brain along a nerve pathway.  If the pathway itself is damaged or malfunctions a signal can be sent to the brain that is perceived as pain and is referred to as Neuralgia.  The symptoms can vary from sharp and very painful to numbness or muscle weakness depending on the nerve area affected.   Neuralgia is commonly a chronic condition that is more common in women than men and is associated with advanced age but may occur at any age. 

trigeminal nerveThe most common from of Neuralgia is Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN).  The Trigeminal nerve is one of twelve nerves that have their root in the brain stem.  The nerve divides into three branches and services areas of the face, forehead, gums, jaws, and around the eyes.  The symptoms of TN are sudden and severe pain in the facial area.  The pain may be triggered by a slight touch or movement and usually lasts several seconds.  WebMD “The most frequent cause of trigeminal neuralgia is a blood vessel pressing on the nerve near the brain stem. Over time, changes in the blood vessels of the brain can result in blood vessels rubbing against the trigeminal nerve root. The constant rubbing with each heartbeat wears away the insulating membrane of the nerve, resulting in nerve irritation.”


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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Soothing Blend, EucalyptusEC, Frankincense, HelichrysumC, LavenderC, MarjoramC, Roman ChamomileEC

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Clove, Oregano, PeppermintE

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Suggested protocols:

Apply 1-2 drops of Frankincense on the pain points, crown of head, and under tongue twice per day.  Also consider Frankincense on the brain stem (base of skull).

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Kelly - My mom has Trigeminal Neuralgia, she has had it for over 10 years and is having an episode now.  I thought maybe someone might know or have an idea that we could try with oils.

Pat - We have a friend with this condition and controls it completely with Frankincense. I also have a nephew with it and he won't do anything but pharmaceuticals. Even though I have told him about my friend and offered to let him talk to her. She applies the Frankincense to the crown of her head and she also drops some under her tongue every day. She no longer has major symptoms and has complete control of it naturally.


Dani - Does anyone have any experience treating Trigeminal Neuralgia.  What oils/protocol would work best?

Pat - I am hoping that Dian replies to this condition. She has suffered from this and uses Frankincense exclusively. She has great relief and hopefully will add her experience.

Dian - I use Frankincense on the pain points, crown of my head and under my tongue twice a day.  When I was initially introduced to (...) Frankincense I had access to only a few drops and I was compelled to use the oil in those places.  I slept like a baby that night.  But to my dismay I had to wait about another month before the oil became available for sale.  I found some Frankincense from another company that I used for two weeks with no relief at all and then got the (...) Frankincense (from Oman) and had good results.     

I have used the oil faithfully ever since until a few weeks ago.  I then decided that I needed a week break from everything that I was using so that I could begin to regulate my hormones (I had had surgery).  Well that was BIG mistake to stop using Frankincense, the pain came back with a vengeance as well as the numbness.  It is now getting back under control and as long as I watch my stress level, get enough rest, eat right and most important of all use (...) Frankincense the pain rarely comes.      I hope this helps you.

John - Trigeminal Neuralgia is a neuropathic disorder of one or both of the facial trigeminal nerves.   The pain can be intense and feel like someone stabbing or shocking area's of your face. I have heard of people having more or less success with different oils trying to get comfort from TN.

First I would begin a twice daily routine of oil pulling using Protective Blend/Peppermint and Clove/Oregano.  Add about 3-4 drops of each oil to a tablespoon of EVCO or Grapeseed oil and begin swishing and pulling the mixture through your teeth and gums for about 15 minutes morning and night.  Spit when you are done then rinse your mouth out and brush with a few drops of Protective Blend on you tooth brush.

I would also apply Peppermint/Frankincense and or Geranium/Ginger topically to areas of your face that are affected by TN.  Use a small amount of carrier (EVCO is great) and massage into the areas and apply a warm compress for 5-8 minutes to drive the oils in. Give this protocol some time.  You should start feeling relief in a couple weeks.  The benefits beyond helping TN are amazing.  I am a believer in oil pulling.

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