The company of the senses has developed this guide in order to draw up a non-exhaustive list of essential oils that can be used by people with asthma or epilepsy. If these oils do not present any particular contra-indications, it is important to note that in general, essential oils are not recommended for epileptics and asthmatics, unless medical advice is obtained. Some will indeed be more likely to cause an asthmatic or epileptic reaction but all present a potential sensitizing risk. Do not hesitate to consult a health professional (doctor and/or pharmacist) in case of persistent doubts and to perform the allergy test before any use.Related articles [View] - What essential oils can I use? - Essential oils for pregnant women - How to use essential oils on babies? - Which essential oils to use for children? - Essential oils in case of hormone-dependent pathologies - How to perform the Allergy Test to an essential oil?
Essential oils are, let's remember, substances composed of many chemical molecules capable of acting on our body.
In the case of asthma, the fragility of the bronchial tubes and their constricted state induce an increased reactivity of the respiratory system. It is then important to consider the volatility of aromatic molecules that may represent a threat to an asthmatic subject, especially essential oils that are too expectorant or oxygenating such as those containing a significant level of'eucalyptol (1,8-cineole), for example, the essential oils of Eucalyptus Globulus, Radiata, Smithi, etc. The irritant and allergenic action of other molecules, such as terpene aldehydes (citronnellal, geranial, neral ... ), terpene ethers and terpenes, requires a cautious use with a maximum of 50% final concentration of essential oils. Indeed, if this dilution seems particularly essential for the cutaneous route, it is even more so for all mucous membranes.
The neurotoxicity of terpene ketones, lactones and, to a lesser extent, terpene oxides contraindicates their oral use with neurologically affected patients, thus concerning epileptics and those at risk of seizures. For a careful use, and this for all the available ways of use, it is important to ask an aromatherapist or a health professional (doctor and/or pharmacist) for advice.