(from 1975, updated 2003)
from the Jeanne Rose case files
The Herbal Studies Course
by Jeanne Rose
Facial neuralgia is pain that occurs along the path of a facial
nerve. Some of these treatments mentioned are a result of analysis
of the herbal literature from many countries. Facial neuralgia
caused by drugs is an iatrogenic (caused by a physician) disease.
These treatments are not meant as a prescription.
This treatment was
designed for L.T. sometime about 1975 and then added to in 2003. Her
story is: "I have severe pain in a triangle from the center side of
my head. The doctors say it is an inflammation of the facial nerves
caused by an over-administration of novocaine during oral surgery. I
have been x-rayed and there are no brain tumors. I have been
prescribed many drugs including percodan and various shots for
nausea and pain. I do not know the names of the drugs. The pain is
acute and I feel that many of my symptoms are the result of the
drugs. They also want me to use Dilantin and tegretol that are
epilepsy drugs to slow the nerve impulses. I prefer to try some
herbs and more natural methods of healing. Can you suggest some
herbal methods for me?"
1. See Facial Massage.
2. Poultice of
freshly grated Apple, Lettuce and Comfrey leaf. Use as needed in the
evening. This is an old-time recommendation.
3. YEGG Formula.
Take equal parts of Yellow Dock, Echinacea, Golden Seal and Ginseng.
Fill size 00 capsules. Take 2 capsules 3X/day after meals. Take for
10 days. Stop for 2 week and take again for 10 days, needed. Do not
repeat more than once in a 6-month period of time.
4. Tea. A
combination of Chamomile, Thyme and Peppermint is calming and
relaxing and a delicious treatment. Drink as often as you please
throughout the day. For a tasty tea, use only a pinch of each herb
per cup of water. Sweeten with Thyme honey.
5. Hand and Foot
Baths are a good addition to the treatment. Maurice Mességué was
a strong proponent of these specific baths for all sorts of pains.
Use 2 handfuls each of Buttercup, Yellow Mullein flowers and leaves,
Roman Chamomile, Celandine, Cabbage leaves, Thyme flowers and
leaves. These or whatever you can get of these should be fresh, if
possible, or not more than 2 weeks old (fresh picked and dried).
Bring to a boil two quarts (8 cups) of water. Turn off the heat. Add
the herbs. Cover the pot and steep 4-5 hours. Strain out the liquid
and pour into 4 clean, sterile 1-cup size jars. Refrigerate and use
this over the course of 2 days.
Foot Bath: Bring
to a boil 2 quarts of water. Pour into a container large enough for
your feet. Let the water stand for a few minutes to cool. Add 1 cup
of your above herbal mixture and bathe your feet for 10 minutes in
the morning. Dry and massage them with an infused herbal oil.
Hand & Arm Bath:
Bring to a boil two quarts of water. Pour into a container large
enough for your hands and arms. Let the water stand for a few
minutes to cool. Add 1 cup of your herbal mixture and bathe your
hands & arms for 10 minutes in the evening.
Try to use these bath
treatments daily for at least one week.
the face as often as desired with the hydrosol of Violets and Violet
leaf. [Violets need to be distilled when they are in full flower
Hydrosols such as Owyhee and Lemon
Balm may also have some use.
Use the Violet leaf absolute, 1 drop mixed with 1 T. of
Calophyllum oil and massage this above, around and behind the
ear using a Shiatsu type of massage.
50% Calophyllum + 50%
infused oil. To 20 drops, add 1 drop each of Ravensara
and Petitgrain. Apply directly along the nerve path whenever needed.
These items are also available as a
Other essential oils
that can be used are in the
Travel Kit for Colds & Flu. We
included Ravensara as well as some Conifer oils.
whenever wanted. Use an infused Comfrey root oil. Use 2 ounces of
the Comfrey root infused oil to which you have added 2 ounces of
oil and a pinch (1/2 tsp.) of Golden Seal Root. Mix
thoroughly. Use regularly.
natural, organic foods with lots of fish, fresh vegetables, and
HERBS: Use the YEGG formula occasionally as mentioned
VITAMINS: A complete B formula in the morning and
calcium in the evening along with at least
400 mg of Magnesium, 50 mg of Zinc,
EMOTIONS OR Other
Complementary Treatments. Research other complementary
treatments. The inhalation of soothing, calming essential oils such
as Lavender and Ylang-Ylang during an episode will help. These oils
are available in our
Stress Relief Kit.
full-body baths with an infusion of Rosemary, Lavender. You will
need at least 1 cup of the herbs per quart of water. Bring to a
boil. Steep for 20 minutes and strain the infusion into the tub.
Soak for at least 20 minutes.
ALWAYS USE baths,
essential oils, hydrosols, dietary supplements and anything that you
can possibly think of that will help with your condition. Use these
treatments together for the best results. Read common sense
Remember our motto
of Health -
Messegué, Maurice. Of Men and Plants. New York. The Macmillan
Oils and Hydrosols. Berkeley. Frog Ltd., 1999.
_______. Herbal Body Book. Berkeley. North Atlantic Books,
_______. Private Notes from 1973.
DISCLAIMER: This work is
intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for
accurate diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care
professional. Dosages are often not given as that is a matter
between you and your health care provider. The author is neither a
chemist nor a medical doctor. The content herein is the product of
research and some personal and practical experience.
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