What exactly is fibromyalgia? Actually it is a syndrome or collection of symptoms that makes it very difficult to define. Typically, people will describe their fibromyalgia as “hurting all over” and the problem is not well understood by the medical community. There is no test that can conclusively determine whether someone has fibromyalgia or not. Complimentary or alternative medicine seems to make more progress treating these symptoms than taking drugs. Complimentary medicine can offer such things as trigger point therapy, hypnosis, light therapy, low frequency sound therapy, craniosacral therapy, Reiki and Healing Touch therapy, Watsu water therapy, and magnet therapy. Colon therapy like colonics or digestive cleanses can bring fibromyalgia relief by eliminating toxins in your body which can cause an aggravation of fibromyalgia symptoms.
One theory is that fibromyalgia is an “acid” condition in the body due to a toxic liver. The best natural treatments for fibromyalgia are the omega-3 fats such as flax seed, proteolytic enzymes such as bromelain and pancreatin and MSM.
What Kind of Symptoms Are We Talking About?
Not all of these symptoms will apply to all patients. Some common signs and symptoms include: widespread pain, nausea, dizziness, morning stiffness, sleep disorders, TMJ problems, skin complaints, depression, myofascial pain, weather changes, chronic headaches, multiple chemical sensitivities, chest symptoms, dysmenorrhea, muscle twitches and weakness , restless leg syndrome, fatigue, urinary and pelvic problems, cold symptoms, “fibrofog” or cognitive or memory impairment, vision problems, weight gain and anxiety.
How Can Essential Oils Help with These Symptoms?
Essential oils can help alleviate many of the fibromyalgia symptoms in a massage, in a bath, as well as simple diffusion or inhalation. For a therapeutic massage use 10-12 drops of a blend of oils in a one-ounce base of carrier oil. Or you could mix the oils in a 50-50 dilution and massage 2-4 drops on painful locations. Use a warm compress. Raindrop technique which uses nine essential oils can be helpful weekly. I only recommend the therapeutic grade essential oils produced by a company that test every single batch of oils. Do not just take their word for it – go and see for yourself.
The essential oils most beneficial in treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia are:
For pain relief: lavender, sweet marjoram, petitgrain, Roman and German chamomiles, clary sage, lemongrass, helichrysum, peppermint, ginger, and black pepper. Lavender with peppermint and helichrysum creates an anti-inflammatory synergy. Other anti-inflammatory oils include nutmeg, balsam fir, white fir, and wintergreen.
For stress / anxiety relief: rose, frankincense, clary sage, sweet orange, bergamot, grapefruit, ylang ylang, sandalwood, neroli, sweet marjoram, petitgrain, tangerine, lavender, geranium, and jasmine.
For a peaceful sleep: lavender, neroli, jasmine, marjoram, Roman chamomile, valerian or RutaVaLa (a blend of lavender, valerian and ruta or rue).
For headaches: lavender, peppermint, marjoram, basil, or Roman chamomile.
For increased circulation: rosemary, ginger, black pepper, peppermint, lemongrass or geranium.