What aromatherapy oils can be used for lymphedema?

Lymphadema in this case is extreme swelling of the bottom of the legs. The pressure becomes extreme and the legs then have to be elevated. The person in question also has epilepsy.

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  1. GREETINGS, Hi ET, I’m Tina. First off, has the person had any treatment of the lymphedema? He/She should be treated with complete/complex decongestive therapy which is a combination medical treatment. It consists of medical massage called manual lymph drainage therapy, skin care, bandaging with special wraps, and exercises to promote lymph flow. This is done by a qualified certified lymphedema therapist. Sometimes aroma therapy is used along with the lymphedema treatment.

    For the epilepsy, is it controlled with meds? Was the person in an accident or just had the unfortunate luck to have both conditions?

    Breathing is very important in lymphedema. Breathing moves the diaphragm and deep breathing promotes lymph flow. Frankincense, Grapefruit, Hyssop, and Lavender can be used to help soften scars and lavender is a known calming scent.
    Cajeput, Frankincense, Hyssop, Lavender, Sage, and Tea Tree oil help skin contractures. Sometimes side effects of radiation esp in the abdomen are poor bowel function and scarring. Massing the oils over the abdomen can help soften scar tissue and improve functioning of the intestines.
    Grapefruit, Fennel, Helichrysum, Lavender, Myrrh, and Sage are used for this purpose.

    Often carrier oils that are used for lymphedema conditions contain proteins and can increase the lymphatic load. Grapeseed Oil and Safflower Oil are such oils.

    Bay Laurel, Chamomile, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Patchouli, and Vetiver in a combination of Castor Oil, help under bandaging to help soften tissues.

    Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Sage, Tea Tree, and Ylang Ylang. This mixture also aids in preventing athlete’s foot, and helps keep areas soft, thus lessing fibrosis.

    Always test the oil on a small patch if used on the skin before applying alot of it in case of allergies.

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