Potentially Convulsant Essential Oils


From time to time members of the Using Essential Oils Safely group ask what essential oils should be avoided around their children who have a seizure disorder.

Here is a list of essential oils which should be avoided due to the possibility of convulsions or seizures. This list is for both children and adults.

Note: this is not a complete list. The complete list can be found in Essential Oil Safety, page 134, and also includes dermal maximums.

Birch (Sweet) Betula lenta
Ho Leaf Cinnamomum camphora ct camphor
Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis ct pinocamphone
Lavender (Spanish) Lavandula stoechas spp. stoechas
Lavender (Spike) Lavendula latifolia and Lavandula spica
Pennyroyal Hedeoma pulegioides and Mentha pulegium and Micromeria fruitcosa
Rosemary Rosemarinus officinalis ct a-pinene, Rosemarinus officinalis ct verbenone
Sage (Dalmation) Salvia officinalis
Sage (Spanish) Salvia lavandulifolia and Salvia hispanoru
Tansy Tanacetum vulgare and Chrusanthemum tanacetum
Thuja Thuja opccidentalis
Western Red Cedar Thuja plicata
Wintergreen Gaultheria fragrantissima and Gaultheria procumbens
Yarrow Achillea millefolium ct. chamazulene

Lea Harris is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website, and its sister website, LearningAboutEOs, is home to educational advice and information about using essential oils safely. Lea founded and runs the Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group, with hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels and the UEOS App. You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes.

Lea received her herbalist certification through The Herbal Academy of New England. Lea is a contributing writer for Natural Herbal Living magazine, and blogs about herbs and natural living on her website, Nourishing Treasures.

Lea is Professional level member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists.

Businesses, groups, and individuals can hire Lea to consult on safety, product formulation, and more on her website Lea Harris CCA.



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