Hope for Children with PANDAS: Natural Aromatherapy Treatment for Pediatric Neuropsychiatric Disorder associated with Strep Infections

Review of recent literature suggests that essential oils appear to be critical in successful treatment of PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders associated with Streptococcus-A infections). Essential oils dissolve the biofilm which coats resistant bacteria, including Streptoccus pyogenes (Strep-A) and resistant staph bacteria (MRSA), whereas antibiotics do not penetrate the biofilm. Essential oils also cross the blood-brain barrier, thereby getting to all parts of the brain including the basal ganglia. The basal ganglia is the area of the brain most affected by PANDAS and other auto-immune syndromes. Essential oils which are successful in breaking down the protective biofilm include Oregano, Melaleuca (Tea Tree, Niaouli, Cajeput), Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, and Power of Protection aka Thieves essential oil blend. Use of these oils may therefore be necessary in clearing up the source of recurring and dangerous auto-immune disorders, including PANDAS. The most effective applications appear to be soles of the feet, anointing back of neck and spine, gelatin capsule protocols, air diffuser, and water treatments. Because of the phenols in these essential oils, dilution in olive oil or other nutritious carrier oil is important for applications on the body and in gelatin capsules. Water & air diffuser treatments are automatically diluted in the water and air.  

The PANDAS syndrome, discovered in the 1990s, affects children between ages 4 and teenage who have repeatedly become infected with Streptoccus pyogenes, and is characterized by extreme physical and psychological difficulties including facial tics and other uncontrolled movements, panic, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, screaming, writhing, hypersensitivity, inability to focus, and nightmares.

Strep throat frequently requires antibiotic treatment, which results in fungal overgrowth; and recurring infections can deplete the immune system. Strep bacteria mask themselves, hiding from and confusing antibodies which may overproduce and get stuck in the brain, causing inflammation. It is thought that the inflammation of the basal ganglia of the brain may cause the neuropsychiatric symptoms of PANDAS – similar to an encephalitis of the brain.

Within the last few years IVIG (intravenous) treatment of glamaglobulin has been successful in alleviating the symptoms temporarily, with additional IVIG treatments every few months helping these children to function normally. An attack of symptoms can be sufficiently severe that the children are in extreme distress, unable to carry out normal functions and attend school. The recurring episodes of debility can continue for years.

Parent reports indicate that essential oils are helping to abate their children’s symptoms and avoid episodes, sometimes for years. These anecdotal reports offer interesting possibilities for natural, noninvasive, palliative and immune-building treatment of PANDAS. with essential oils and essential oil blends.

Essential oils have calming, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, antispasmodic and immune-building characteristics which are important in fighting autoimmune disorders and reducing their symptoms. In addition to attacking the source by breaking down biofilm coatings protecting the bacteria, essential oils also help to abate symptoms by calming the nervous system, fighting inflammation, detoxifying, nourishing & healing the brain and other organs.

At client request, we have created categories of essential oils and essential oil blends frequently utilized in the treatment of PANDAS. We have chosen calming, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and immune-building essential oils and therapeutic blends which calm and energize the Central Nervous System and break down the biofilm to fight resistant Strep-A.  

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