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


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A stroke is an interruption of the blood supply to any part of the brain.  This can be caused by the blockage of a blood vessel or bleeding in the brain.  When a part of the brain is deprived of blood the brain cells begin to die within minutes therefore it is important to receive medical attention as soon as possible.

Symptoms of a stroke may include paralysis, numbness, or tingling in one side of the body especially the face or arm.  Also trouble speaking, double vision, an unusual type of headache, confusion, or difficulty with balance and walking.

Types of strokes:

Stroke types

Hemorrhagic stroke – A blood vessel in the brain may become weak and burst damaging a part of the brain.  The hemorrhagic stroke is not as common as the ischemic stroke.

Ischemic stroke –This is caused by the blood supply to the brain being blocked.  This may be caused by a blood clot forming in an artery of the brain that is already narrow.  This is known as thrombus or a thrombotic stroke.  Another cause is a blood clot that forms elsewhere in the body, breaks off, and travels to the brain.  This is an embolism or embolic stroke.

TIA (transient ischemic attack) – This is also know as a mini-stroke and occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain is blocked for a short period of time and then the blood flow resumes such that the symptoms only last briefly.  This should be considered as a warning for a possible stroke and should not be ignored.  The symptoms will be similar to a stroke but only last for a few minutes.


[search help: cerebrovascular, CVA, cerebral infarction, cerebral hemorrhage, hemorrhagic, aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation (AVM), brain attack] 

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Massage BlendC, Grounding BlendC, BasilC, CypressC, FrankincenseC, GrapefruitC, LavenderC, MelissaC, Peppermint

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

Also consider: HelichrysumC, Ylang YlangC

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Suggested protocols:

A stroke is a life threatening situation and professional medical attention should be immediately be accessed.

For help with recovery after a stroke and after proper medical attention  massage Massage Blend over the heart and 1-2 drops of Frankincense under the tongue 2-5 times daily. If a hemorrhagic stroke consider lightly massaging 1 - 2 drops of Melissa on the head as close as possible to the stroke area. 

Couple these with the Massage Blend technique daily.  Frankincense may be added to the inflammation phase with Massage Blend and Soothing Blends.

Consistently use the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV).

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Samara – My husband’s grandmother had a stroke. I believe Dr. Hill said Massage Blend over the heart and Frankincense under the tongue for the stroke.  Any other suggestions?

Rob -  I know that the full Massage Blend technique would be great for a stroke victim.  If there is any way to perform it daily, and then incorporate Frankincense in the inflammation phase with the thumb walk it would be a great help.


Pat -  My friends mother has had a major stroke. Her daughter immediately started putting Frankincense and Helichrysum on her mother, she has also been doing the Massage Blend techinique two to three times a day. Mom is now awake and aware, she cannot speak or read and her right side is pretty weak and non-functioning. They are continuing with the oils, but I would like to see if anyone has other ideas of what we could use or what can be done.

Samara - Last time Dr. Hill was in town I asked him about stokes and he said to put Massage Blend over the heart and Frankincense under the tongue several times a day. Basil is also good, Grapefruit, Lavender.


Lynda - A young lady in our area recently had a stroke.  They have since found and fixed the cause, but she is now using a walker from the loss of feeling in one of her legs.  She is also pregnant and I was wondering what oil(s) would be helpful for her to regain the feeling and strength in her leg and would be safe for her during pregnancy.

Kendra and Pat - As soon as I hear stroke, I know Frankincense! Use the Frankincense on the crown of the head, the back of the neck, and the bottoms of the feet. Also she could use Cypress and Peppermint on her legs. The Cypress helps with the circulation and the Peppermint wakes everything up!  And yes they are great to use even though she is expecting.

Rob - I had a hemorrhagic stroke caused by elevated blood pressure and a cyst on my adrenal gland.  It happened about 3 years ago and left my right arm and leg relatively useless for a number of weeks.  With therapy I have regained use of my leg, arm, hand and speech, but still experienced numbness in those extremities for some time.  When I suffered the stroke, my family used Young Living oils, but I reacted horribly to them (rashes, swelling, breathing problems) and could not use them.

After experiencing (...) essential oils, and finding that I did not have reactions to them, I have been using them to continue improving the effects of stroke.  The suggestions so far have been right on.  I used Peppermint and Cypress often on my arm and foot where I used to have numbness.  I use Frankincense under my tongue and apply it to the crown of my head and at my brain stem for “brain fog”.

I also use Massage Blend for numbness and weakness in my arm, leg and foot. If I were still recovering from effects of stroke, I would also do daily spinal treatments, using Frankincense and Cypress in place of Eucalyptus.

I have heard of Helichrysum also being helpful in healing stroke-damaged extremities.

The oils mentioned so far should not pose a problem during pregnancy, if you are worried, call and discuss it with her doctor.

Luke - The only oil that I have heard to avoid using on new, nursing moms is Peppermint because it has a tendency to dry up the milk, I'm not sure if that would be an issue while she is expecting, but for sure after the birth its a good idea to avoid Peppermint.

Protocols folks recommend for children



Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils


What Science & Research are saying

This study at the University of Calabria is among a number of studies into the benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil and brain functions (from PubMed):

2009;  85:389-405. (Cerebral Ischemia is a stroke)

Prevention of Glutamate Accumulation and Upregulation of Phospho-Akt may Account for Neuroprotection Afforded by Bergamot Essential Oil against Brain Injury Induced by Focal Cerebral Ischemia in Rat.

Amantea D, Fratto V, Maida S, Rotiroti D, Ragusa S, Nappi G, Bagetta G, Corasaniti MT.   Department of Pharmacobiology and Center of Neuropharmacology of Normal and Pathological Neuronal Plasticity, UCADH, University of Calabria, 87036 Cosenza, Italy.


The effects of Bergamot essential oil (BEO; Citrus bergamia, Risso) on brain damage caused by permanent focal cerebral ischemia in rat were investigated. Administration of BEO (0.1-0.5 ml/kg but not 1 ml/kg, given intraperitoneally 1 h before occlusion of the middle cerebral artery, MCAo) significantly reduced infarct size after 24 h permanent MCAo. The most effective dose (0.5 ml/kg) resulted in a significant reduction of infarct extension throughout the brain, especially in the medial striatum and the motor cortex as revealed by TTC staining of tissue slices. Microdialysis experiments show that BEO (0.5 ml/kg) did not affect basal amino acid levels, whereas it significantly reduced excitatory amino acid, namely aspartate and glutamate, efflux in the frontoparietal cortex typically observed following MCAo. Western blotting experiments demonstrated that these early effects were associated, 24 h after permanent MCAo, to a significant increase in the phosphorylation and activity of the prosurvival kinase, Akt. Indeed, BEO significantly enhanced the phosphorylation of the deleterious downstream kinase, GSK-3beta, whose activity is negatively regulated via phosphorylation by Akt.



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