This week’s post comes from the heart, as it is based on my personal experience. Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a condition that many (predominately women) “live” with, but for which there is “no cure.” Each case of fibromyalgia is different, and symptoms vary from sufferer to sufferer; what works for one person (change in diet, exercise etc) may not work for another. So, this post is written as an educational post only, based on my own experiences, but in the hope that some of these blends may help a fellow sufferer. However, it is important that you assess your own individual circumstances and speak to your healthcare provider before implementing any of the suggestions mentioned below.
Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Two of the most common symptoms associated with fibromyalgia are chronic pain and fatigue; not just any type of fatigue, as in “sleep for a couple of hours and you’ll feel better,” but an exhaustion that is not relieved by rest or any amount of sleep. There are also all sorts of other symptoms that fibromyalgia sufferers experience, ranging from IBS, UTI infections, and haemorrhoids, to extreme sensitivity to temperature changes, ranging from very hot to very cold. You may also experience dry skin patches, the emergence of red and itchy rashes out-of-the-blue and, if like me you are also at risk of lupus (or have lupus), you maybe taking medication that supresses your immune system (beacause my immune system is hyper-active and is, basically, off the charts). Consequently, this makes you more at risk of infection and disease if you get a cut on your finger or are exposed to cold and flu.
Again, this is my personal experience, and other fibromyalgia sufferers may experience the same or different symptoms. I mention these symptoms as the aromatherapy blends which follow address these particular symptoms.
Pain Relief Aromatherapy Blend for Fibromyalgia
One of my most beneficial aromatherapy blends for managing the pain associated with fibromyalgia, along with prescribed medication, is this simple blend:
1 oz apricot (Prunus armenica) oil
4 drops Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) essential oil
1 drop frankincense (Boswellia carteri) essential oil
1 drop lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
Combine all of the ingredients together in a suitable bottle and apply to the area of pain as needed (for external use on the skin only).
Aromatherapy Blends to Cool and Heal in Managing Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia sufferers sometimes experience “hot flashes,” or an intense feeling of heat (right down to the joints). Although the application of an ice pack may help to alleviate some of the heat, I find that a cold compress with peppermint (Mentha x piperita) hydrosol often helps. Apply to the back of the neck for “hot flashes” or to the area which feel “hot” to you. Alternatively, spray a small amount of peppermint hydrosol to the back of the neck.
Hydrosols can also be used to heal and protect if you get a small cut on your hand. Spray a small amount of a hydrosol, such as helichrysum (Helichrysum angustifolia), onto a cotton pad and wipe gently over the cut to promote healing and to prevent scarring. Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) hydrosol can also be used as an anti-bacterial agent.
Aromatherapy Blend to Manage Haemorrhoids in Fibromyalgia
Haemorrhoids are painful, whatever the cause. The following blend is intended for external use only:
2 oz unscented white lotion base*
4 drops cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) essential oil
8 drops juniper (Juniperus communis) essential oil
6 drops frankincense (Boswellia carteri) essential oil
* a gel can also be used in place of the white lotion base. Both of these bases are “cooling” and are preferable to an oil base.
Cautions: Avoid use in pregnancy and/or with kidney disease.
Combine all of the ingredients together in a suitable bottle and apply to the area of the haemorrhoids as needed (for external use on the skin only).
Aromatherapy Blend for Insomnia in Fibromyalgia
Insomnia is another problem for fibromyalgia sufferers. This simple sleep spray may help you to fall asleep more easily:
2 oz distilled water
10 drops valerian (Valeriana officinalis) essential oil
15 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
Combine all of the ingredients together in a spray bottle and spray lightly on your pillow before going to sleep at night.
Learn More About Using Essential Oils with Sedona Aromatherapie
If you would like to learn how to use essential oils for specific conditions such as fibromyalgia, consider the Sedona Aromatherapie Linguistics of AromaticsTM Program.
The recommendations and views expressed in this article are based on the author’s personal experience of fibromyalgia and a 20 year history in the health care and aromatherapy industry. She is UK-certified aromatherapist and a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist (R). She is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, custom blend formulator and herbal studies student. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. She works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she is in the process of creating her own aromatic stillroom on her one acre homestead and aromatic gardens.