It's funny; I got asked about essential oils for Tourettes three times last week. It's been months since I was asked before. It must be on people's minds! As far as I know, there are no specific essential oils for Tourette's Syndrome, but it is a condition of the nervous system that is made worse by stress. Now, stress? That is something we can help with.
These would be my top five suggestions for essential oils for Tourettes.
Everything about frankincense is slowing and relaxing. Most notably, in this case, it slows the breath. Helpful for making the brain think it has more time to phrase words and make sounds. I use this for people who stutter too.
In the trade, we call this The Oil Of Tranquility. If a back catalog of stress goes through your mind, it is like Vetiver essential oil pulls a weighted blanket over you so you can hide from it.
I chose this because most articles about essential oils for Tourette's choose sedative oils. That would be fine if the tics or vocalizations were the only issues. But while essential oils do not have side effects, they have many main effects.
So, you'll often see that the oil makes the person too relaxed to do things like exams or driving lessons or tests effectively. And indeed, these are stressful things that potentially may make Tourette's syndrome worse. But, the person does need to be able to operate at their best. So, oils like lavender or frankincense might be too relaxing for these situations.
Melissa essential oil reduces stress and agitation so the brain can remain alert.
Like vetivert, patchouli is a great essential oil for Tourette's if you're male. Often essential oils can smell too flowery or feminine. Patchouli and vetiver have lovely masculine fragrances, deep and reassuring. I always say that patchouli brings the energy down from the head into the body. So if you are prone to your thoughts racing away or feeling out of your head, your body won't follow what your mind wants it to do; patchouli brings the two together.
This one is bringing out the big guns. Where Melissa is an essential oil, it will still allow you to function well in math exams. For example, Valerian switches stress off. It contains constituents that operate on the same receptors as benzodiazepines. It feels very much like taking Valium without the problems of addiction.
It's incredibly sedative and is one of the best-performing essential oils for helping people sleep. This is a great oil to use at night, to try to relax the nervous system as you sleep, and to improve the substrate of your neurochemistry.
I love Valerian in the bath and massage oils. Valerian essential oil is produced from the plant's roots, so while I could be kind and say it smells Earthy, it would be closer to the truth to say it smells like week-old dirty socks.
Always blend Valerian to make it palatable. All the oils above are tremendous but rose, geranium, and lavender are gorgeous with Valerian.
Don't let worries about how to use essential oils for Tourette's syndrome add to your stress, either. Be free with them. Use them in an inhaler or even just a drop on a tissue if you feel stressed. Wear some aroma jewelry, get a massage, or indulge in essential oils baths. Anything you can do to tackle your stress is a meaningful way to invest in your future well-being.