Aromatherapy for Fibromyalgia Relief
Reduce Pain, Relieve Fibromyalgia Symptoms, and Enhance Your Mood.
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and similar aromatic compounds from plants, for the purpose of improving a person’s mood, cognitive function or health.
Essential oils are increasingly used in pain management, anxiety and depression.
The modes of application of aromatherapy include:
- Aerial diffusion: for environmental fragrance or aerial disinfection.
- Direct inhalation: for respiratory disinfection, decongestion, expectoration as well as psychological effects.
- Topical applications: for general massage, baths, compresses, therapeutic skin care.
Essential oils have a long history of treating:
- Digestive problems
- Urinary tract symptoms
- Skin rash
Proposed causes that include dysfunction involving neuroendocrine /neurotransmitters, blood flow to the thalamus, levels of serotonin and tryptophan, certainly bring Fibromyalgia into the territory where essential oils are known to operate.
Aromatherapy is becoming more and more popular amongst Fibromyalgia sufferers. This is because of the effects that aromatherapy appears to have on pain sensation and mood.
In a recent study, by a neuroscientist for the American Pain Society, the effectiveness of aromatherapy in reducing pain and improving mood was tested. The results showed a correlation between pleasant scents and increased mood levels in both males and females.
Female participants also showed decreased pain scores when inhaling a pleasant scent. Essential oils can help relieve many of the Fibromyalgia symptoms in a massage or bath, as well as simple diffusion or inhalation.
The essential oils most useful in treating the symptoms of Fibromyalgia:
|Pain Relief||Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Petitgrain, Roman chamomiles, German chamomiles, Clary, Sage, Lemongrass, Helichrysum, Peppermint, Ginger, Black pepper|
|Reducing Inflammation||Lavender with Peppermint and helichrysum creates an anti-inflammatory synergy, Nutmeg, Balsam fir, White fir, Wintergreen|
|Stress and Anxiety Relief||Rose, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Sweet Orange, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Neroli, Sweet Marjoram, Petitgrain, Tangerine, Lavender, Geranium, Chamomile, Jasmine
|Sore Joints and Muscles||Black pepper, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Juniper
|Sleep Disturbances||Lavender, Neroli, Jasmine, Marjoram, Chamomile Roman, Valerian, RutaVaLa (a blend of Lavender, valerian and ruta or rue).
|Headaches||Lavender, Peppermint, Marjoram, Basil, Chamomile Roman|
|Circulation||Rosemary, Ginger, Black pepper, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Geranium|