Are you familiar with essential oils? Perhaps you’ve used them before for other issues. I want to explore how essential oils may be beneficial to those of us with fibromyalgia. FYI: They are not a cure, but they can help to alleviate some symptoms, even if temporarily.
Because we each experience FMS in our own unique ways, I would like to suggest some oils and tell about their potential benefits. If you have some experience with oils you’d like to share, please do in the comments. You may be helping someone benefit from your experience.
Essential oils can be used in your bath and body oils, released into the air in a diffuser, or by inhaling them. If you want to use them to massage the skin, I recommend using a carrier oil to blend with the essential oil. In my opinion, the best is fractionated coconut oil. It’s clear and odorless, it won’t oxidize, and it penetrates the skin beautifully.
If this is something you are interested in, I recommend getting a good book on essential oils. The essential oils that are most useful in treating the symptoms of FMS are:
- For pain relief: Spike lavender, sweet marjoram, lavender, petitgrain, Roman and German chamomile, clary sage, lemongrass, helichrysum, peppermint, ginger, and black pepper. Spike lavender with peppermint and helichrysum creates an anti-inflammatory synergy.
- For stress/anxiety relief: Rose otto, frankincense, clary sage, sweet orange, bergamot, grapefruit, ylang ylang, sandalwood, neroli, sweet marjoram, petitgrain, mandarin, lavender, rose geranium, tangerine, and jasmine.
- Fatigue is what often keeps us confined to our beds, often as a result of poor quality sleep. Even when we get enough sleep it’s likely that we never enter into the fourth stage of REM, which is the restorative sleep. There are a number of essential oils that help provide energy to get the body and mind going, such as peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, basil, and geranium.
- For a more peaceful sleep: Lavender, neroli, jasmine, marjoram, Roman chamomile. Put some in a diffuser in your bedroom or put a few drops under your pillow.
- For feelings of harmony and safety: Frankincense, lavender, rose, mandarin, neroli, and helichrysum.
- For headaches: Lavender, peppermint, marjoram, Roman chamomile. Inhaling or placing a few drops on your temple or neck can be helpful.
- For increased circulation: Rosemary, ginger, black pepper, peppermint, lemongrass, rose, and geranium.
I love using my diffuser for essential oils, as well as inhaling them. You can keep them in your purse or desk to inhale when you need them. I also like using lavender oil on my pulse points — it’s a natural perfume and very relaxing.
IMPORTANT: Lemon oil should always be used in diluted forms. Because it can cause skin irritation, use a carrier oil. Also, avoid using lemon when you are out in the sun, as it may cause redness and burning of the skin.
A long soak in a hot bath with Epsom salt is an excellent way to help the body detoxify, reduce stress, and minimize pain. Adding essential oils to your bath helps even more.
Here’s a quick recipe: Just use 2 drops lavender essential oil, 2 drops peppermint essential oil, and 1 cup Espom Salt.
I would strongly advise against buying on Amazon or other sites. For good quality oils, the two best companies, in my opinion, are DoTerra and Young Living. Just Google for reps who live near you.
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