Some herbs have demonstrated potential in the inhibition of convulsions / seizures. More research is necessary on the anti-convulsive actions of herbs and essential oils.
Recipes to Help with Convulsions
The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of each article/study. This compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are adequate results to demonstrate safe and/or effective human use of any herb listed.
This review discusses folk herb remedies uses to treat Epilepsy around the world. From: Schachter, S. C. (2009). Botanicals and herbs: a traditional approach to treating epilepsy. Neurotherapeutics, 6(2), 415-420.
Terpinen-4-ol showed a depressant effect on the central nervous system and significant anticonvulsant activity. From: Sousa, D. P. D., Nóbrega, F. F., de Morais, L. C., & Almeida, R. N. D. (2009). Evaluation of the anticonvulsant activity of terpinen-4-ol. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C, 64(1-2), 1-5.
Nutmeg was effective in the treatment for grand mal and partial seizures. From: Wahab, A., Haq, R. U., Ahmed, A., Khan, R. A., & Raza, M. (2009). Anticonvulsant activities of nutmeg oil of Myristica fragrans. Phytotherapy Research, 23(2), 153-158.
Lavender oil vapour had an anticonvulsive effect on convulsion induced mice. From: Kenji YAMADA, Yoshihiro MIMAKI, and Yutaka SASHIDA. (1994). Anticonvulsive effects of inhaling lavender oil vapour. Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 17(2), 359-360
Cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass) EO showed activity that could be useful as an anticonvulsant. From: Silva, M. R., Ximenes, R. M., da Costa, J. G. M., Leal, L. K. A., de Lopes, A. A., & de Barros Viana, G. S. (2010). Comparative anticonvulsant activities of the essential oils (EOs) from Cymbopogon winterianus Jowitt and Cymbopogon citratus (DC) Stapf. in mice. Naunyn-Schmiedeberg’s archives of pharmacology, 381(5), 415-426.
Lemongrass essential oil showed cardiovascular depressive, antiemetic, and anticonvulsant activity in mice. From: El Tahir, K. E., & Abdel-Kader, M. S. (2008). Chemical and pharmacological study of cymbopogon proximus. Research Journal of Medicinal Plant, 2(2), 53-60.
An anti-seizure effect was demonstrated in vivo with the angelica root essential oil. From: Pathak, S., Wanjari, M. M., Jain, S. K., & Tripathi, M. (2010). Evaluation of antiseizure activity of essential oil from roots of Angelica archangelica Linn. in mice. Indian journal of pharmaceutical sciences, 72(3), 371.
Pimpinella anisum essential oil suppressed tonic convulsions in mice. From: Pourgholami, M. H., Majzoob, S., Javadi, M., Kamalinejad, M., Fanaee, G. H. R., & Sayyah, M. (1999). The fruit essential oil of Pimpinella anisum exerts anticonvulsant effects in mice. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 66(2), 211-215. Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0378-8741(98)00161-5
R. damascena significantly prolonged seizures and reduced the frequency and amplitude in rats. From: Homayoun, M., Seghatoleslam, M., Pourzaki, M., Shafieian, R., Hosseini, M., & Bideskan, A. E. (2015). Anticonvulsant and neuroprotective effects of Rosa damascena hydro-alcoholic extract on rat hippocampus. Avicenna journal of phytomedicine, 5(3), 260.
R. damascena had an anticonvulsant effect on mice. From: Hosseini, M., Ghasemzadeh, R. M., Sadeghnia, H. R., & Rakhshandeh, H. (2011). Effects of different extracts of Rosa damascena on pentylenetetrazol-induced seizures in mice. Zhong xi yi jie he xue bao= Journal of Chinese integrative medicine, 9(10), 1118-1124.
In a review of research, listed were studies of essential oils affecting the gabaergic system to reduce neurological diseases with an antinociceptive, anticonvulsant, anti-inﬂammatory, anxiolytic, and sedative effect. From: Wang, Z. J., & Heinbockel, T. (2018). Essential oils and their constituents targeting the gabaergic system and sodium channels as treatment of neurological diseases. Molecules, 23(5), 1061.
R. damascena reduced seizures in rats. From: Kheirabadi, M., Moghimi, A., Rakhshande, H., & Rassouli, M. B. (2008). Evaluation of the anticonvulsant activities of Rosa damascena on the PTZ induced seizures in wistar rats. J Biol Sci, 8(2), 426-430.
Licorice extract inhibited some types of induced convulsions in mice. From: Ambawade, S. D., Kasture, V. S., & Kasture, S. B. (2002). Anticonvulsant activity of roots and rhizomes of Glycyrrhiza glabra. Indian Journal of pharmacology, 34(4), 251-255.
Gotu kola demonstrated anticonvulsant activity in rats. From: Visweswari, G., Prasad, K. S., Chetan, P. S., Lokanatha, V., & Rajendra, W. (2010). Evaluation of the anticonvulsant effect of Centella asiatica (gotu kola) in pentylenetetrazol-induced seizures with respect to cholinergic neurotransmission. Epilepsy & Behavior, 17(3), 332-335.
Anethum graveolens showed anticonvulsant activity in mice. From: Golmohammadi, R., Sabaghzadeh, F., & Mojadadi, M. S. (2016). Effect of hydroalcoholic extract of Anethum graveolens leaves on the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus in the epileptic mice: a histopathological and immunohistochemical study. Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 11(3), 227–232.
Anethum graveolens extracts reduced seizures in mice. From: Rostampour, M., Ghaffari, A., Salehi, P., & Saadat, F. (2014). Effects of Hydro-alcoholic Extract of Anethum Graveolens Seed on Pentylenetetrazol-induced Seizure in Adult Male Mice. Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, 5(3), 199–204.
Extracts from the ariel parts of C. sativum had an anti-convulsive effect in mice. From: Karami, R., Hosseini, M., Mohammadpour, T., Ghorbani, A., Sadeghnia, H. R., Rakhshandeh, H., … & Esmaeilizadeh, M. (2015). Effects of hydroalcoholic extract of Coriandrum sativum on oxidative damage in pentylenetetrazole-induced seizures in rats. Iranian journal of neurology, 14(2), 59.
Coriander seed extracts reduced seizures in vivo. From: Hosseinzadeh, H., & Madanifard, M. (2000). Anticonvulsant effects of Coriandrum sativum L. seed extracts in mice.