Children? Not suitable (Birch)
Pregancy/Lactation? Not suitable (Birch)
5 parts Birch (Betula lenta)
3 parts Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
2 parts Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
2 parts Basil ct linalool (Ocimum basilicum)
2 parts Helichrysum italicum
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) symptoms are the result of inflammation in the central nervous system. As the myelin sheaths that protect the nerves are destroyed, there is a slowing and eventually blocking of nerve transmission. MS is progressive and disabling, but it is unclear if it's triggered by a virus or if it's the result of genetic or environmental components.
Heat is very detrimental to MS and aggravates symptoms whereas cool applications can be very helpful.
This blend is suggested in the Essential Oil Desk Reference. HEO blended per a customer's request.
Application Suggestions (see Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart)
*See SAFETY information at the bottom of the page.
Inhalation: Direct, 3-4 times daily or diffuse, 30 minutes, 2-3 times daily.
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil, unscented lotion or cream and apply 1-3 drops on forehead, temples and mastoids (just behind the ears). Use direct pressure with fingertips and massage 6-10 drops from the base of the skull down the neck and spine. Use a loofah sponge to brush and rub along the spine vigorously if desired. (Always use a natural brush or sponge since essential oils can dissolve plastic bristles.) Apply cold packs as desired.
Massage, 3 times monthly, but use a cold compress instead of a warm one.
MS Regimen to be performed daily (taken from the Essential Oil Desk Reference, but we suggest diluting the oil)
1. Layer applications of 4-6 drops, along the spine. (HEO does not suggest using the blend "neat" as suggested in the EODR, but suggest diluting with a carrier oil). Lightly massage oils in the direction of the MS paralysis. For example, if it is in the lower part of the spine, massage down; if it is in the upper part of the spine, massage up. Follow the application with 30 minutes of cold packs (change cold packs as needed).
2. Apply 4-6 drops Strength on the spine. If the MS affects the legs, rub down the spine; if it affects the neck, rub up the spine.
3. Apply 2-3 drops each of Cypress and Marjoram to the back of the neck then cover with 2-3 drops of Muscle Relax.
1. I wanted to let you know that I ordered the MS Blend for my mother-in-law who has been suffering a great deal with Multiple Sclerosis and has been frequenting the hospital due to pain. The first night she applied the oil, she said she was FINALLY able to get a good night's sleep! She couldn't believe the relief that came with the blend (she also said it's a pleasant smell). Thank You for all that you do! - Nicole R.
2. I don't have an oil comment, but my son has MS and the Wahls approach has been fabulous. He really notices the difference when he strays from the plan. https://www.amazon.com/Wahls-Protocol.../dp/1583335544. - Margaret
Birch: Dermal, Inhalation and Internal Contraindications: Anticoagulant medication, major surgery, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, pregnancy, nursing, children and people with salicylate sensitivity, which may apply to people with ADD/ADHD (Tisserand/Young page 215).
Birch Internal Caution: Large doses of Birch can be toxic. 5mls of Birch is equal to approximately 21 aspirin (300 mg tablets). Large amounts taken orally can cause ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, headache, stomach pain and confusion. Tisserand notes that the maximum adult daily oral dose is 182mg, which would be less than .2mL. Oral Caution: GERD disease.
Tisserand writes about Wintergreen, which has the same properties as Birch:
"Wintergreen oil has some wonderful properties, but I would not like to see it used at more than 5%. No one has died from dermal [topical] application, but there have been at least three reported cases of people taking blood-thinning medication who broke out in internal bruising when they applied methyl salicylate-containing products to their skin. It enhances the blood thinning action of the drug, and blood leaks out of the blood vessels."
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil." We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014.