Shock is a life-threatening condition where the body suffers from severely low blood pressure. This can be caused by low blood volume due to bleeding or dehydration, inadequate pumping of the heart, or dilationof the blood vessels due to head injury, medications, or poisons from bacterial infections. Shock can cause pale or bluish skin that feels cold or clammy to the touch, confusion, rapid breathing, and a rapid heartbeat. Without the needed oxygen being sent to the body’s tissues and cells, the organs can shut down and, in severe cases, can lead to death. Shock often accompanies severe injuries or other traumatic situations. A person suffering from shock should be made to lie down with the feet elevated above the head, be kept warm, and have the head turned to the side in case of vomiting. Check breathing often, and ensure that any visible bleeding is stopped. Get emergency medical help as soon as possible.
Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum (to help stop any bleeding), Melaleuca, Joyful Blend
Lie person down with feet elevated, and cover with blanket. Stop any bleeding. Apply oil to back of neck, feet, over heart, or on front of neck. Get medical help.
The information on this page is from the book Modern Essentials: A
Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, published
by AromaTools®. Please refer to Modern Essentials for additional
information, research, and usage suggestions.
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