West Syndrome

Essential Oils

We would suggest the following:

  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Frankincense Essential Oil

(A). Application – Buy a base oil: coconut oil in this case. If you have 20ml of base oil, (up to 1 year old) you will only use 1 drop of Essential Oil. (1-6 years old) you will use 2-3 drops. (7-12 years) you will halve the amount twice that would make it 5 drops. Apply the blend over the base of the big toes, the back of the neck, temples and the belly button, as required. Especially effective after a bath.

Inhalation – take a bit of the blend and rub your hands together and cup your hands over the child’s nose for a few seconds.

** A patch test is required for application – 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  **

(B). You can use the Lavender as above and start to gently introduce Frankincense by inhalation only.

Inhalation – take a bit of the Frankincense blend, rub your hands together and cup your hands over the child’s nose for a few seconds.

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

(C). Application – Buy a base oil: coconut oil in this case. If you have 20ml of base oil, you will halve the amount twice, that would make it 5 drops. Apply the blend over the base of the big toes, the back of the neck, temples and the belly button, as required. Especially effective after a bath.

Inhalation – take a bit of the blend and rub your hands together and cup your hands over the child’s nose for a few seconds.

(Eventually, you can just hold the open bottle under the nose to stop a seizure)

** A patch test is required for application – 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 ** 

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

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