An aneurysm is an abnormal swelling or bulging of a weakened blood vessel. These may be small and slow in developing with no noticeable symptoms or larger, faster developing requiring immediate emergency medical intervention with a risk of death. The most common locations for aneurysms are in the aorta, which is the major artery from the left ventricle of the heart or a cerebral aneurysm, which is the widening of an artery in the brain. The aortic aneurysm is described as thoracic if it occurs in the upper aorta and abdominal if it occurs in the lower aorta.
Other aneurysms include a popliteal aneurysm which is the artery on the back side of the knee, a mesenteric aneurysm which is associated with the intestines or a splenic aneurysm in the artery of the spleen. Symptoms will vary depending on the size and location of the aneurysm. Some aneurysms are so small that they can go undetected for years. If the aneurysm is larger and close to the surface of the skin a lump may be felt with a pulsing that is in synchronism with the heartbeat. Abdominal aorta aneurysms may cause a throbbing in the abdomen along with some pain or the pain can move to or be in the back. A cerebral aneurysm can cause a rapidly developing headache, confusion, nausea, eye problems or even seizures or loss of consciousness. As mentioned previously rapidly developing and large aneurysms are life threatening and should receive immediate medical attention.
Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.
Essential Oils to Use for Aneurysms:
Oils: Cypress, Frankincense, Helichrysum
Also consider: Clary sage, A Soothing Blend, Melaleuca/Tea Tree
Suggested Ways to Use:
Use topically with a light massage. 1 – 2 drops of Frankincense, Helichrysum and Cypress 2 times daily.
Diffusing and/or an applying a massage blend can also be soothing and helpful. Use Vitamin Supplements for foundational health.
Be aware that severe aneurysm symptoms should be considered life threatening. Please insure you get professional medical attention.
Experiences & Testimonials
Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of the experiences of others who have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.
Vicki – I have a friend who is about 80 who bumped her head and is in the hospital right now with an aneurysm located on her forehead. It is inoperable. She is wanting oils to help as all the drugs they are giving her are making her sick! I gave her husband frankincense to rub on her forehead and also take internally but would love help with this.
Riki – Helichrysum would be helpful, on the forehead and in a capsule.
Alyssa – I have aneurysms and Frankincense and Helichrysum have both been helpful along with 10,000-15,000 mg of Vitamin C a day to strengthen cell walls. I also religiously use other Vitamins.
Lisa – My best friend who is currently fighting MM (Multiple Myeloma) after battling for several years with NHL (Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma), was just diagnosed with an AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm). What can we recommend for her? She is a 30 year old mother to 2 beautiful, active girls. She is open to the oils so I need a no nonsense approach.
Teresa – My mom has an AAA, she has been rubbing Frankincense on her abdomen and can no longer feel the heartbeat in that area. We are waiting for them to schedule the MRI to see what the doctor says, this positive change has been after 3 months doing a couple drops of Frankincense AM and PM, I think. … Unfortunately she has now suffered a stroke and now we are dealing with left side paralysis as well.
Rachel – Hawthorne berries can be taken in a syrup form…it is a sweet syrup aka is specifically a heart food. When treating this, you want to be more aggressive than the condition so dose accordingly. (My recommendation is 1 tablespoon every waking hour for the first week. Then you can assess where his progress is and dose accordingly. He may need more, or less depending on how he is progressing.) You cannot overdose on hawthorn berry syrup because it is a food, so there is no danger there. (Editor’s note: Rachel goes on to recommend cayenne, garlic and cloves) … Simply blend up 1/4 tsp. of cayenne with 1 cup if warm water (preferably distilled) and add enough honey to sweeten. Drink 3-5 times/day. Cayenne, again, is a wonderful food for the heart.
Robert – I like to try Cypress neat using massage, then follow up with a Soothing Blend. Cypress is very good for swelling, water retention etc. A soothing blend is great for inflammation. If you know a Massage Blend technique, it would be excellent to do, augmenting with Frankincense during the stress reduction model, just prior to Lavender. Having just had an aneurysm myself I believe these will help.
Pat – If I have some swelling on my ankles I would use Birch in a diluted blend to help. I also recommend Cypress and getting yourself a massage blend.