As my fibromyalgia worsens, I find I’m more sensitive to smells than I was in the past. I love perfume, but can no longer stand the smell of it. I’ve switched to natural cleaning products to avoid offensive chemical smells. Hairspray has become nauseating, and I can’t use it anymore. I couldn’t see how essential oils could be good for me when I struggle so much with strong scents.
My interest was piqued, but I felt overwhelmed. There are more than 100 different oils from which to choose. How do you use the oils, and which ones are best for fibromyalgia symptoms?
You can buy individual oils or blends (such as “pain relief” or “stress relief”). You can do the work yourself, or buy premixed blends. Many co-ops or natural food stores make blends while you wait, and also make recommendations based on your specific needs. Look for organic and pure oils. Some are a little pricey, but they are worth the extra expense.
I use oils in a few different ways. My favorite is a pain-relieving blend in my bath. A few drops in combination with warm bathwater relaxes my muscles, and melts away stress.
Using an electric diffuser is another method. I found a small unit online, with eight essential oils, for less than $30. It was a great option for a beginner. In a nutshell, they work by breaking down the molecules in the oil, which, in combination with water, creates a steam that is released into the air. Most machines offer options for both a steady stream, or small bursts of mist. There are a few different types of diffusers to pick from. You can even buy a diffuser necklace, which uses a pad to soak up the oil.
Another option is to mix essential oils into lotions, shampoo and conditioners. You can buy the base lotion and add your favorite scent. There are many ways to enjoy the wonderful scents, and reap the benefits of essential oils.
Besides pain and stress relief, the list of conditions and symptoms they are said to help is extensive. They can reduce cellulite, improve brain function, clear up skin conditions and cure colds. Where have these been all my life?
There are so many other uses for these little miracles in a bottle. From bug spray to homemade cleaning products, the uses are too many to mention in one article. Try using a diffuser to help make your home smell clean and fresh.
There are numerous theories as to how, and why, essential oils work. As far as I’m concerned, it really doesn’t matter. Because the oils are natural, I’m not worried about how or why; I’m only interested in the results.
Some of the more widely used essential oils that may benefit fibromyalgia sufferers include: Lavender (reduces stress & pain), rosemary (pain), orange (relieves inflammation), peppermint (anti-inflammatory and aids with muscle spasms), and black pepper (muscle pain & fatigue).
Just keep in mind, a few drops may be all you need. These oils are concentrated and can be very strong. I learned the hard way after trying 10 drops of lavender on my pillow. Three drops would have been more than enough. Now I start with a couple drops, and add more if needed. Some oils also may cause skin irritation. I did a lot of research online before I tried anything on myself.
I’ve only begun to explore the world of essential oils, but so far they already have had a huge impact on my life. Being able to fully relax without a massage or medication is a dream come true. My goal is to learn as much as I can about the benefits of these incredible oils, and enjoy them.
Please share your experience with essential oils. What is your favorite oil or blend? What results have you had? How do you use your oils?
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