Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological disorder: up to 5 per cent of the population will have at least one epileptic fit during their lifetime. Although aromatherapy cannot be said to be a cure for epilepsy, if used in conjunction with conventional therapy it can be a very valuable aid for many sufferers.

With Joan, it was clear that her fear of the attack was actually reinforcing it. Using lavender as her chosen oil, she has developed a good counter-measure response for whenever she feels her seizures start . she has now become seizure-free.

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Use in baths, vaporizers and for massage.

Particularly, apply lavender to a handkerchief and sniff it at the onset of a seizure.

Additional measures: Ylang ylang, chamomile and bergamot have been found to be effective in some cases.

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