Fainting and Shock

Fainting and Shock FAINTING

Fainting occurs when there is a loss of blood flow to the brain and one temporarily looses consciousness. It differs from a seizure in that the person will not have involuntary movements and usually regains awareness quickly. The can be caused by noticeable occurrences such as fear, pain, distress or physical strains such as standing in place too long, getting up too quickly, or a difficult bowel movement. Certain medications for blood pressure, depression and allergies lower the blood pressure and may cause fainting. Beyond this fainting can result from a number of different medical situations.

Oils & Blends:  Basil, Black Pepper, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary

Also consider: Cinnamon, Melissa, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile

Suggested protocols:

If someone faints make them comfortable in a prone position with their feet raised higher than the heart. Loosen tight clothing and encourage them not to try to get up too quickly. Having them breathe one of the oils above will help them gain clarity and focus more quickly. Rosemary or Peppermint are highly recommended. Place a few drops on a Kleenex or your hand and hold near enough that the aroma can be inhaled or let the person inhale directly from the oils bottle if they are able.

If they do not respond in a short time consider it a medical emergency and take proper action.

If the fainting is from a medical condition such as anemia, heart problems or a reaction to medications refer to the underlying cause to help with essential oils.


Shock occurs when the heart and circulatory system are unable to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells of the body.  If blood vessels dilate or blood pressure drops precipitously for other reasons the body routes the available blood to the vital organs such as the brain, heart, and lungs.  As a result the skin, without blood, becomes pale and cool; muscle become weak; even fainting, confusion, or loss of consciousness can occur if the reduced blood pressure cannot furnish blood to the brain since it is typically above the heart.

The signs of shock are feeling weak or unable to stand up, confusion, dizziness, loss of consciousness, rapid and shallow breathing, or pale and clammy skin.  This can result from trauma or a number of diseases that will impede the delivery of blood and nutrients to the cells of the body.  Shock is a serious emergency and can be life threatening. Emergency medical help should be sought.

Temporary help can be given by having the person lie down, if possible have the feet above the heart and head, and keep the person warm.  Address any trauma involved.  Be sure the airways are clear and head is turned in the event of vomiting.  Some essential oils will stimulate circulation while others can relax in times of traumatic stress.

Oils & Blends:  Cypress Geranium, Lemon, Melaleuca, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile

Also consider:  Helichrysum, Melissa, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang

Suggested protocols:

Peppermint (Geranium, Lemon) applied topically to feet, heart area, and/or the back ofthe neck to stimulate circulation.

Inhale Roman Chamomile or other relaxing oils using cup and inhale or other emergency inhalation techniques.

Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.