Essential Oils Uses for Parkinson’s

Last Friday I interview Jean Oswald from
Rochester, New York who is a certified
aroma therapist and a registered nurse.
Jean provided a wealth of useful information
about how essential oils can be used to
provide relief from the symptoms of Parkinson’s.

Here is her answer to two of my questions:

What if an individual has problems with
rigidity of their muscles and it is very
difficult for them to move with ease. What
is an essential oil that might help relieve
that particular symptom? 

There are a few essential oils that could
be most beneficial for muscle rigidity.
Essential oils like Cedarwood, Frankincense
and Sandalwood are high in Sesquiterpene.
They cross the blood brain barrier. They are
going to be carrying more oxygen throughout
the body and helping with firing neurons and
relieving neurological symptoms.

Muscle rigidity in connection to that is
helped by Marjoram essential oils which are
very relaxing to the muscles and Basil which
is an anti-spasmodic.

Use them in a massage or put them directly
on the skin over the spine, on the souls of
the feet and specifically on areas of the skin
where the tension itself is present in the muscles.

I would recommend a blend, a lotion that
combines the Marjoram, Basil and other essential

How about the problem of tremors? What essential
oils might be recommended to relieve that symptom?

I would say Basil or Frankincense, the
anti-spasmodic oils.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery

© 2008 Parkinsons Recovery

12 thoughts on “Essential Oils Uses for Parkinson’s

  1. My husband has had Parkinsons (known) for over 4 years not, and only recently has had a rigidity set in. He will soon be 84 and has not a lot of tremor. Only in his right hand and he seems in control of it. The stiffness and slow movements are the hardest parts. SO far his cognitive condition is still about85% and he feels basically good. He is on a Neuro patch 1 mg in the am, and 1 10mg aracept to help his memory. He has other drugs, @ blood pressure and prostate etc.
    My question came to a concern when I had put a mix of oils on him and he began having a bad head ache and dizziness, along with crazy movements while sleeping. It was a recommended mix of Frankincense,Helichrysum,and Vetiver mixed in coconut oil. I am fearful of any more oils , mixed or other wise without some advice from a professional.
    thank you for reading this.

  2. Hi Mary:

    I am not a medical doctor so cannot diagnose what happened. From a research perspective, it sounds like your husband may be experiencing the side effects of detoxing. Of course, there are many possible causes and toxins are only one. If toxins are in fact the issue, then working with your doctor to detox might be a good next step.

    Robert Rodgers PhD
    Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

  3. Hi Mary,
    I am just reading this today. I’m so sorry to read about your experience! I can imagine how scary (and confusing) it must have felt to see your husband with headaches and dizziness after applying the oils you used. I hear your devotion to helping him find relief from Parkinson symptoms. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a magic wand? No one can know at this point what caused the headaches and dizziness (it might not have been the oils at all) but as an aromatherapist I would have asked what you mixed for him (how much of each ingredient), along with other medications he was on. He may have gone into a fast detoxification. It could be you gave him too high a concentration of essential oils to the coconut oil. I also wonder about his baseline labs (blood work – kidney/liver). It also matters if you used perfume-grade (store bought) essential oils vs. those essential oils that are tested for purity. It really is harmful to use perfume grade oils. Obviously it was good you stopped giving him the oils. But at the same time please know that essential oils are still a viable option for many symptoms.
    If I were you, I’d speak to a health care professional (like me) who really understands how to use essential oils for Parkinson symptoms before going further. I’ll be doing another radio show with Robert very soon and I hope you’ll listen in.
    Jean Oswald RN CA CPC
    “We’re all in this together.”

  4. How do I find someone who can help me with oils for my 83 year old mother with Parkinson’s? I am an RN but don’t have experience in mixing. My daughter sells Do Terra oils. My mother lives just outside of Morgantown, WV

  5. I am starting my father on some oils and wonder what ratio I should use for frankinsence, vetiver, sandlewood, cedarwood, and Helichrysum. I know there is a chance of detoxification so I will be starting mild with the mixture and coconut oil… but what would be a maximum amount to build to?

  6. Hi Janie,
    That’s wonderful that you want to help your mom using essential oils. And being a nurse, you too want to do this within safe guidelines. It’s important to work with a professional who knows Aromatherapy and uses pure essential oils that are GCMS tested for impurities. I am also a nurse and certified aromatherapist so I can help you. What you’re asking would take some time to answer so I suggest an aromatherapy consultation. My website is if you want to learn more. I wish you the best in helping your dear mom.
    Jean Oswald RN CA

  7. Hi Wendy,
    You’re asking a great question about ratios.. So you’re planning to use coconut oil in a massage blend? Since coconut oil is not always in liquid form I’m guessing you’re choosing it for its positive effects on his mental state (cognition)? Otherwise you might have picked jojoba. The safe ratio for daily use is to make a 2% blend. That means 10 – 12 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier (coconut oil in your case). I hope that makes sense to you. As far as going to a higher concentration I’d want to ask you questions and we might need to speak at length. If you’d like to learn more or request a consultation feel free to email me at My website can be found at
    Best wishes from NY,
    Jean Oswald RN CA

  8. Hello, I was diagnosed with parkinsons disease in 2013. I’m doing well on herds & a low dose of prescription L-dopa along with Mucuna herb form of L-dopa. My problem is slow movement & tremors, what oils do you recommend & how much?

  9. Dorothy – Assuming you are only using essential oils that have been GCMS tested for impurities: many people have found a decrease in symptoms of tremors with Lavender, Clary Sage and Marjoram. You can use 5 – 9 drops of each of these essential oils (total of 15 – 27 drops) per one ounce bottle of unscented lotion or jojoba. I teach clients how to do make this and apply it in consultations – if you need more information. Reach me at

  10. Hello – my husband has recently been diagnosed with parkinsons disease and I am interested in learning about essential oils, crystals and holistic options, instead of prescribed drugs at this time. Insurance currently has approved 6 physical therapy appointments. Wondering where I can go to speak to someone experienced in the proper use of oils. We are located approximately 35 miles west of Milwaukee.

  11. Hi Debbie,
    How wonderful that you’re exploring holistic options for your husband. Does he share this interest? I am a registered nurse and aromatherapist and have learned a great deal about holistic options, crystals and the proper use of essential oils. What would you like to know? Please check out my website and email me if interested. I live in New York. Best wishes to both of you!

    Warmly, Jean Oswald

  12. My grandma was diagnosed with parkinson’s and pancreatic cancer last year. She still has tremors even with her meds. I have been reading about essential oils and my grandma seems interested in trying it. I have found many articles saying frankincense and cedarwood help. How would she use these and how much should she use?

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