Aromatherapy can ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Essential oils can be applied topically or diffused in a room, see below some oils to consider and information on how to use them.
Frankincense – calmative, rubefacient (brings blood to the muscles), physical and mental tension reliever
Helichrysum – anti-inflammatory, muscular aches and pains
Vetiver – muscle relaxant, insomnia
Geranium – circulatory stimulant, hormonal balancer, neuralgia
Thyme ct Linalool – immune booster
Other oils to consider would be:
Lemon – diuretic, helps breakdown excess metabolites from muscles e.g. lactic acid that builds up in tight muscles, also a euphoric
Sweet Marjoram – antispasmodic, calmative
Rosemary – cephalic (increase blood flow to the brain)
Basil – calmative, eases muscular aches pains
Chamomile – anti-inflammatory, insomnia
Valerian – trembling, sedative, tranquiliser (it has a very very strong smell!!!)
A diluted (1 drop of each in 5mls of carrier oils) combination of Helichrysum, Vetiver and Frankincense can be used on the temples but oils can also be used in a diffuser throughout the day, in a bath and in massage (whether by an aromatherapist, friend or self-massage).
Massage prevents the muscles from stiffening (as the tremors constantly contract) and maintains mobility. Regular hand massages can be of great comfort, add 2/3 drops to a “10p sized circle” of base cream, rub into the hands, stretch the palms and individual fingers. A good blend for muscle stiffness would be Lavender, Vetiver and Geranium from the above oils.
Ideally try to visit an aromatherapist at least once a month, the therapeutic environment and skilled application of oils can have long lasting effects. Other therapies that can help are yoga, for balance and gait disorders, postural instability (poor posture and instability can accompany Parkinson’s further down the line so it would be preventative at this stage) and stretching. Tai Chi could help similarly, he could try both and choose his favourite.
As with aromatherapy, acupuncture and acupressure can help with the exhaustion that doesn’t ease with rest, nausea, tight muscles and stimulate the immune system.
In a diffuser:
It takes less than 22 seconds for the human brain to respond to a smell. The olfactory nerve is the only nerve in the body to have direct access to the brain; the olfactory receptors connect to limbic system which governs hormones and emotions. Just smelling something nice can have a profound effect when other sensual pleasures are diminished.
A combination of his favourite oils from the above, 6 drops. There are lots of water diffusers on Amazon, here’s just one link but do look around.
In a bath:
4-6 drops as above in a cup of full fat milk (so the oils disperse/don’t sit on the top of the water). Warm, fragrant baths can be a cure if there is depression but the oils will also enter through the dilated pores.