Bells Palsy

Vitamin B12: Associated with nerve growth and inflammation. Eat foods rich in it: grass-fed beef and beef liver, sardines, wild-caught fish, cottage cheese and eggs. Add a high-quality Vit B supplement. And you can check to see if you are a candidate for the injection directly into the muscle/nerve itself. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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Vitamin B6: It is better to eat foods rich in this: free-range turkey breast, grass-fed beef, blackstrap molasses, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chickpeas. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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Zinc: An essential trace mineral for Bell’s palsy. It heals wounds, boosts the immune system, supports the thyroid, and prevents colds, respiratory illnesses and viruses. Foods rich in zinc: lamb, pumpkin seeds, grass-fed beef, chickpeas, cashews. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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We would also suggest the following treatments:

Acupuncture: Needles placed in specific points.  It stimulates nerves and muscles, providing relief. And many have experienced improvement.

Moist heat with Aromatherapy: A warm cloth to relieve pain and promote sleep. Aromatherapy oils like Lavender, Rose, Ylang Ylang or Chamomile can be added, just 1-2 drops onto the cloth or into the water. Repeat the warm compress as necessary.

Massage: A gentle or professional massage can help ease the muscles, pain and anxiety.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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Essential Oils

We would suggest the following:

  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Frankincense Essential Oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil

Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 5 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of Rosemary and 2 drops of Frankincense. Apply the mixture over the facial area, as necessary. Especially effective after a bath.

Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:

  1. Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oil into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Lavender, 1 drop of Rosemary and 1 drop of Frankincense. Add Epsom salts.
  2. Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.

Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.

** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **

If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.

** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **

** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **

** Frankincense – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating, if any bleeding disorders or on anticoagulants. Avoid with children below 5 and caution below 8 **

** Rosemary – Avoid during pregnancy, HBP, Heart conditions, use with caution if on prescription medication. Avoid use with children below 5 years of age. A stimulating oil, so no high doses prior to bedtime **

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