Aromatherapy As An Alternative Approach To Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is described as widespread pain and tenderness. Research has shown that the extensive pain of fibromyalgia can be quite unpredictable. At times those subjected to fibromyalgia feel that the pain can affect different parts of their body, also the pain can feel worse on some days than it does on others. Fibromyalgia is not technically a disease, but it is in fact a syndrome which is a set of symptoms that occur together but have no known cause. Fibromyalgia syndrome is a long-lasting, chronic, condition with no known cure. Fibromyalgia does not permanently damage your muscles, joints, or organs, and there are several things you can do to manage it. With the numerous methods of treatments and medicines for the more severe cases, most people who suffer from fibromyalgia can continue to lead fairly normal and for the most part pain free lives. Even though medications do not cure the disorder, they can help to ease the symptoms and relieve the pain connected with it. However not all people will benefit from medication; and even in some cases will desire the many alternative approaches of treating this condition.
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a very problematic illness to need to deal with. Because fibromyalgia causes numerous different symptoms, shifting from chronic headaches to muscle pain, it can be hard to find a treatment that works for them all. Since so many medical treatments cause countless side effects that can at times be much worse than the already horrible fibromyalgia symptoms themselves. As a result, more and more fibromyalgia patients are looking towards alternative methods to help decrease their symptoms. Aromatherapy is one such alternative therapy that promises to benefit fibromyalgia sufferers lessen their pain, while improving their mood and overall outlook on life.
Aromatherapy essential oils can benefit individuals with fibromyalgia in a number of ways. First, these oils can relieve the pain of fibromyalgia. The pain relief that people experience is time and again unmistakable and rapid, even when the pain does not respond to the heavy duty hormones or opiates. This is in itself a most superb thing not only because the pain can be taken care of naturally, diminishing the risk of the undesirable side effects but also decreasing the likelihood of addiction to painkillers. An added benefit of using essential oils is that these oils can have an observable result on one’s psychological and emotional state. The effects of these oils can range from relieving anxiety as well as improving sleep, to increasing concentration and relieving depression. Studies show that the use of essential oils can relieve several of the neuropsychiatric and emotional problems related to this condition that are most disturbing to the patient as well as to those surrounding them. Aromatherapy is administered in several different ways, which can consist of inhalation that is direct as well as indirect and dilution which massage oils, water sprays, bath salts, lotions, and creams are all examples of.
Additional ways to use essential oils:
- They can be inhaled directly from the bottle
- They can be applied to the skin and used in massaging
- They can be circulated around the room with a candle or an oil burner
- My personal favorite is that they can be added to a bath
Helpful aromatherapy mixtures in managing fibromyalgia:
- Inflammation- spike lavender along with peppermint and helichrysum mixed together
- Pain Relievers- spike lavender, sweet marjoram, lavender, Roman and German chamomile, clary sage, lemongrass, helichrysum, and peppermint- any combined together or any of them alone
- To Increase Circulation- rosemary, ginger, black pepper, peppermint, lemongrass, rose geranium- a combination of any or a single oil even works
- Stress and Anxiety Relievers- frankincense, sweet orange, bergamot, grapefruit, ylang ylang, sandalwood, neroli, mandarin, lavender, rose geranium, tangerine, jasmine- again any combined or any alone
- For Headaches which can often accompany fibromyalgia- peppermint, marjoram, Roman chamomile, lavender- I find that peppermint works best for headaches; peppermint is also quite helpful with nausea feelings
- To Feel Energized- lemon, grapefruit, geranium, orange- citrus usually is the best
- For Help In Easing Sore Joints and Muscles- black pepper, eucalyptus, peppermint, juniper- any of these alone or in a combined effort should help
- For Calm and Relaxation- lavender, chamomile, jasmine- these are very nice and fragrant combined but also separate as well
- Sleep Assistance- lavender, neroli, jasmine, marjoram, Roman chamomile- I find that lavender and chamomile seem to work best together for me personally
Aromatherapy is becoming more and more popular amongst fibromyalgia sufferers because of the effects that aromatherapy appears to have on pain sensation and mood.