We have been asked often about Fibromyalgia the past few months. So in this newsletter issue we will give a few suggestions of what essential oils or massage blends you can use.
Aromatherapy and Massage therapy are often suggested to help those afflicted with Fibromyalgia. These complementary alternatives will often time work on the symptoms to help give the sufferer some relief.
Fibromyalgia has the following symptoms; pain that can be moderate to severe when touched lightly on any muscle. Other symptoms include chronic fatigue and having trouble sleeping.
When we are asked about Fibromyalgia we usually will address the sleeping issue and the painfulness.
First we start out by suggesting the use of Lavender or other relaxing essential oils to be used about 30 minutes prior to bedtime.
You can diffuse it in the air or just inhale a few breaths from a tissue or Personal inhaler. Also put a drop or two on your pillow at the same time to get a little Lavender in the bedroom.
A bedtime routine is also very important. Going to bed at the same time each night is very important.
Some thing very simple and comforting is to take a nightly bath (not a shower). Taking a warm relaxing bath may to help draw out the soreness of the pain muscles. Add Epsom salts to your bath water.
After the bath a light massage with a lotion or oil that has some of the warming, muscle relaxing essential oils added may help you to fall asleep and get a much needed rest.
Blend well in an amber bottle and add ONLY 4 -5 drops to the warm bath.
Other suggestions to help you fall asleep can be found in our previous issue Volume 109 in the article Winkin’ Blinkin’ and the land of Nod.
Please see the section in that article about the importance of daily sunshine to help you fall asleep.
Daily doses of sunshine can also help Fibromyalgia sufferers as the sunshine can naturally warm and feel good on any sore muscle or if you are tired can be a natural source of energy. Sunshine - plain and simple - lifts everyone’s spirits!
Next we’ll suggest some massage blends that can be used to gently massage. Actually, all you really need to do is gently rub this blend on the area of the sore muscles.
Blend these oils together then use as massage oil. You only need to use a small amount.
If at anytime you feel this blend is too warming, then you should discontinue use or add more carrier oil before the next use. Most folks love the warming and penetrating heat these oils will produce.
We have a customer, M. B. Davis of Braidwood IL, who sent us a recipe to share - she has used this on clients that have fibromyalgia and it gives them relief. She also says it has worked effectively on carpal tunnel syndrome.
Because we are holistic aromatherapists we will often look at more than just what essential oils can do to help.
In the case of Fibromyalgia we also suggest you really look at your diet. Eliminate a lot of the ‘white foods’ White flour and white sugar and products made with them.
Eat lots of fresh veggies and fruits and lean meats, fish and poultry. (p.s. corn is not a veggie and should be eliminated too)
Next drink plenty of fresh water. Muscles hurt and are painful when they are full of toxins. Water helps flush out toxins from your body.
Now we also suggest, if you don’t already take them, add some minerals to your diet, namely magnesium and potassium.
Your muscles when painful tell you they are fatigued. Magnesium and potassium can help your muscles to relax and rest also. And when they relax they won’t be as painful and when you don’t hurt, you can sleep and rest properly.
Oh before I forget Magnesium is best taken at bedtime, in some folks it is a natural relaxant and will make you feel sleepy. So take at bedtime.
For more information on how important Magnesium is for your health we suggest you read the book “The Magnesium Factor” by Mildred S Seelig, MD. You can order the The Magnesium factor from Amazon.com
For more great recipes for massage blends and help symptomatically please see these Previous Newsletter.
Volumes- 102 Overworked Muscles and Falling Asleep,
Volume 101 – Tiredness (some – pick me up oils are listed here).
Volume 92 – Overworked muscles.
Volume 73 – Another article about Overworked muscles.
Don’t forget our Recipe files for many recipes for massaging or soaking sore, painful muscles. (Use our websites search engine to help narrow down the recipes – you can use the Search Box.)
Don’t forget to check out several of our "Fresh for You" premixed Massage oils. There are two blends in particular that were developed for folks with muscle involvement from ailments such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue. The two blends were tested by several of our customers - you might want to try " Muscle Relief or Sweet Muscle relief".
Due to the chronic nature of Fibromyalgia and prolonged use of massage oils – and as tempted as you might be, we do not ever suggest the use of massage oils that have Sweet birch or Wintergreen in them for long term or chronic use.
These both have extremely high percentages of Methyl Salicylate (98%+) in them. Unfortunately this constituent is very difficult for the liver to eliminate (the body breaks methyl salicylate down into methanol and eventually, formaldehyde and salicylates) and so may accumulate to a toxic level with prolonged use. Accompanied with the fact that many Fibromyalgia sufferers may also take many pain or analgesic medications to begin with, you do not need to add this to your livers overload.
So do not use any of the following oils or blends as massage oil blends if you have Fibromyalgia – Sweet Birch, Wintergreen, Dar’s Blend or Dar’s Massage oil, Theratone blend or Theratone /Almond Massage blend, Muscle Warming Massage oil, Muscle Warm Blend. Tei Fu Blend. These particular blends are for short term use with acute ailments and injuries.
Please be aware that many over the counter analgesic muscle rubs may also contain Methyl Salicylates and should also be avoided by Fibromyalgia patients, unless you have been directed and are monitored by your doctor or health care provider.
Before we close this article be sure that you talk to your physician or health care provider and discuss the use of essential oils and massage therapy you would like to add to your present care.
They need to be aware of what you are doing too.
As you may be able to eliminate many medications as time goes by, some medications as you know should not be stopped without the advice of the doctor.
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