Q&A: Massage for stroke patients
Q: My Grandma had a stroke 6 weeks ago and has no sensation or movement down one side. The nursing staff have been massaging her limbs with Tiger Balm. Just wondered whether there are any essential oils that could help with her rehabilitation?
A: Sorry to hear about your Grandma, we wish her well and a speedy recovery! We've recommended a couple of blends for the nursing staff to try. One to help stimulate the limbs and another just for general well being. Please note that you MUST have the doctors/nursing staffs' consent prior to using massage and essential oils as massage is often contraindicated for stroke victims due to the possibility of dislodging more clots or arterial plaque. If they agree then gentle, light massage (which we assume is what the nurses are doing) can help to stimulate circulation, lymph flow etc to the affected area. Slow-Stroke Back Massage has also been shown to help reduce the anxiety, pain, blood pressure and heart rate of elderly stroke patients. Unless you are qualified in aromatherapy and massage we recommend that you visit either the International Federation of Aromatherapists or the Federation of Holistic Therapists websites where you should be able to find a local therapist who would be able to arrange a full and comprehensive consultation.
Blend for general well being
10ml Carrier Oil
3 drops of Rose essential oil
3 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil
3 drops of Bergamot essential oil
Blend for stimulation
20ml Carrier Oil
3 drops Black Pepper essential oil
2 drops Spearmint essential oil
2 drops Rosemary essential oil
2 drops Ginger essential oil
The Aromatherapy Team
Base Formula Ltd