Treating Fibromyalgia with Essential Oils
Fibromyalgia is a disease that affects mostly women and is very difficult to diagnose. It affects the muscle and tissues and is often accompanied by fatigue, insomnia, swelling, depression, anxiety, headaches, pain, and digestive problems.
While specific causes for fibromyalgia are still unclear, some potential causes include: candida, allergies, viruses, poor digestion, and anxiety.
This disease can wreak havoc on your physical and mental well-being, and very few drugs have significant effects. Thankfully, there are some natural remedies you can try to help alleviate these annoying symptoms.
Our favourite, is…you guessed it…essential oils!
There’s just not much that essential oils can’t help with when it comes to the body and mind, and fibromyalgia is no exception.
Which Essential Oils Help with Fibromyalgia Symptoms?
As you probably know if you’ve been around here very long, each essential oil has its own unique set of healing properties. For fibromyalgia symptoms, the following oils are the best choice:
Peppermint is a natural analgesic, so it’s absolutely wonderful for pain relief.
Rosemary is a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Because fibromyalgia pain is caused from swelling and inflammation of the tissues, rosemary makes a great remedy.
Ginger is also a natural analgesic. It’s also a powerful digestive aid and circulation stimulator. It can be used to soothe muscle aches and poor digestion.
Increasing circulation helps the body to quickly eliminate toxins, which are a big factor in fibromyalgia flare-ups.
Of course, lavender! Lavender is the most common essential oil and can be used for almost anything, either alone or mixed with other oils. It’s therapeutic for insomnia, anxiety, depression, inflammation and pain.
Eucalyptus has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps improve circulation and ease joint and muscle pain.
Bergamot is a natural anti-depressant that can be used to combat the blues.
- 2 drops lavender
- 2 drops rosemary
- 1 drop peppermint
- 5 ml carrier oil
This concoction can be mixed right in the hand or in a glass bowl and massaged into affected areas as often as needed, or it can be mixed in larger amounts and stored for quick access.
This same concoction can also be dropped into warm bath water or added to lotion.
For pain and inflammation.
- 15 drops eucalyptus
- 15 drops lavender
- 10 drops peppermint
- 10 drops rosemary
This blend can either be applied to a hot or cold washcloth, or it can be added to approximately 250 ml of rice and poured into a cloth bag.
A cloth bag can be made by sewing together 2 washcloths or other cloth of similar size. The compress can then be microwaved or placed in the freezer for a hot or cold compress.
This compress can be used on painful or swollen areas as needed.
- 5 drops ginger
- 5 drops peppermint
- 10 ml carrier oil
Mix this blend directly in your hand or in a glass container. Massage in a circular motion all over stomach to increase digestion and reduce inflammation.
Because symptoms are exasperated by stress, it’s best to keep it at bay before it even becomes an issue. Lavender essential oil is one of the best anxiety remedies known to man.
To eliminate stress, diffuse lavender oil daily, spritz it on your bed linens and keep a bottle of it in your handbag to inhale as necessary.
- 10 drops bergamot
- 5 drops ylang ylang
Diffuse this blend for 15 minutes every hour or as needed for depression symptoms. It can also be combined with a carrier oil and massaged into the bottoms of the feet, wrists and neck.
Fibromyalgia plagues more people every day, possibly from all the toxins we put in our bodies with unnatural food and product ingredients. Learning how to combat the symptoms with natural remedies rather than adding more toxins may help get you off the cycle of uncomfortable flare-ups.
Never underestimate the healing properties found in essential oils!