52 – Bell’s Palsy
In 1998 when I joined YL, I began searching for something that would ease my Gran’s pain from peripheral neuropathy.; I read that Wild Tansy would regenerate nerves. When it arrived, I was so anxious to use it but lived several hours’ drive from my grandmother. Suddenly I realized that the oil might also be beneficial for my husband’s paralyzed facial nerves. I began applying it each evening as we went to bed—along the side of the face
where the paralysis was. In less than five days, my husband was laughing about something (another facial expression that would cause him to wink), but his eye didn’t close. I had been laughing, too, but when I realized what I was seeing, I looked at him in amazement. I told him why, and he went running to the mirror. He pursed his lips, smiled wide, made all kinds of
funny faces, but his eye stayed open.
Months later, a girlfriend came down with BP. I took my bottle of to her and said to use it. Her situation had been so bad that she had to use eye drops to provide moisture to her eye (the lid wouldn’t CLOSE), and tape her eye closed with medical tape to sleep. Her face looked like she had had a stroke. A week later, she handed me the bottle back, smiled, and said she didn’t need the eye drops anymore, didn’t need the tape anymore, and you could. Hardly tell by her smile that she’d ever had a problem.
Finally, the guy I knew from work came down with it. I had shared the above stories with others, and learned that Helichrysum would work well for BP applied on the facial nerve, just behind the ear. I had no Helichrysum, but I handed him my PanAway. He applied it as I instructed, and came running back, saying, “Look at this, look at this!” He saw and felt a difference immediately. Several days later, he called me and thanked me profusely, now people didn’t avoid him in the lunchroom because when he drank a sip of water or soda, it didn’t dribble all over him. He and another friend are interested now in the oils. They are truly a blessing in our lives!
The chiropractic theory is that spinal bones out of their normal alignment press on nerves and the spinal cord itself, thereby interfering with the normal function of the nervous system. The medical theory for Bell’s Palsy is that it is caused by a viral infection of the Facial nerve. It is possible that both are correct and that spinal misalignment interferes with and weakens nerves so that they become susceptible to viral infection. I often found this to be the case in patients with shingles, for example.
Knowing what I know now about the EOs (I make that qualifying statement because what we know about oils now is going to change a lot as time goes by) I would choose from the following oils to use for myself if I were experiencing Bell’s Palsy:
Valor (this is nicknamed the “chiropractor in a bottle”) – I would apply it morning and night to the back of the neck and behind and below the ear, and the corresponding reflex area on the bottom of the foot. If you haven’t already, get the Science and Application video from YLEO. It shows how to do the Vitaflex press and roll technique which is different from just rubbing the oils on the foot.
Thieves – the oils in this blend have strong anti-viral properties. I would mix it with V6 oil (a few drops of each) and apply around the back of the ear and the face, and also the entire bottoms of the feet 2 or 3 times a day.
Helichrysum, geranium, lemongrass – these oils are noted for their nerve regenerating qualities. I don’t have enough experience yet to know which would be best for this condition but these are the ones I would be trying. I would apply to the upper neck, around the back of and below the ear, on the affected part of the face and the corresponding place on the feet. Becareful of lemongrass because it can be “hot” of not mixed with V6 oil. Hope this helps.
This is a nerve disease which is thought to be caused by any number of things. Possible causes are infection of the nerve by viral agents such as Coxsackie’s, herpes zoster, echo and Guillain-Barre’ to name just a few. Other possibility are poisoning by toxic substances like mercury, lead, arsenic, tin and non metallic toxins like carbon monoxide, benzene and sulfonamides. The approach I would choose, if this were me, is to start with cleansing the body, especially the liver. It is amazing what a filtration unit the liver isand we never think to clean it!
Symptoms reappeared again in March, 1997. I started using some of the Young Living Essential Oils and took care of myself. I haven’t been back to the doctor. I Feel Great!
The Young Living Essential Oils I use are R.C., Thieves, White Angelica, Sacred Mountain, Clarity, Joy, and the Cleansing Trio. As I said before I feel Great. I use these oils every day. Thieves the bottom of the feet and forehead White Angelica on the forehead Sacred Mountain on the back of neck on the chest and inhale on the back of the ears over the heart Cleansing Trio “food supplements.
The friend with diabetes has not had as complete a recovery. He no longer drools, dribbles liquid when eating, and he has his eye open and his mouth is cooperating. But he still has a little slurred speech as a result of stiffness in his facial muscles. I used PanAway on the nerve by the ear. The others were anointed in the areas where the problem appeared the worst— I didn’t know any better at the time. All of them swear the oils made the difference in their lives and face!