I am working with several lovely people managing Fibromyalgia with Aromatherapy and here’s how.
Fibromyalgia is a health condition that affects the muscles and soft tissue. Sufferers experience chronic pain in the muscles and other tender spots.
In fact it can cause widespread pain all over the body.
The pain associated with this disorder is very debilitating and can interfere with everyday life.
My clients managing Fibromyalgia with Aromatherapy have found regular Massage combined with home treatments really helpful for managing their symptoms and improving their quality of life.
Even though chronic pain is the most common symptom of fibromyalgia, there are many others including:
- Sleep problems
- Brain fog
- Abdominal pain, bloating and other digestive problems
- Tenderness in the face and jaw
- Stiffness in the joints
- Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, or legs,
Here’s where the Aromatherapy comes in.
These are my top 8 Essential Oils for helping with managing the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
#1. Lavender – Lavender has calming and relaxing properties and its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects make it an excellent pain reliever for fibromyalgia sufferers.
#2 Sweet Marjoram – Warm and soothing, Marjoram contains antispasmodic properties that are helpful for relieving muscle spasms and joint pain. It is also beneficial for combating fatigue.
#3. Juniper – Stimulates the mind, calms the nerves and relaxes the muscles, making it a great essential oil for fibromyalgia pain
#4. Clary Sage – Has antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, sedative and anti-depressant properties. It ticks a lot of boxes for Fibromyalgia sufferers.
#5. Black pepper – Is warming and boosts the circulation, which makes it great for relieving stiffness, and the muscle aches and pains associated with fibromyalgia.
#6.Helichrysum – One of the best essential oils for fibromyalgia pain, Helichrysum contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
It can help to improve circulation and reduce inflammation, swelling and pain.
#7. Ginger – A natural painkiller, ginger essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce the pains caused by fibromyalgia. It also helps in relieving muscle aches and spasms.
Here are some other strategies my clients suffering from Fibromyalgia have incorporated into their lifestyle with beneficial effects.
* Exercise –Exercise can help relieve the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. 20-30 minutes of exercise, 2-3 times a week is enough. Walking and swimming are great!
* Improving Sleep Quality – Employing different strategies to improve the quality of your sleep can be a big help.
* Reducing Stress –Stress and anxiety tend to make fibromyalgia pain worse. You may find spending more time outdoors or taking up Yoga or using mindfulness meditations (I love the Insight Timer app available free from the AppStore) may help to reduce your stress levels. It’s really about trying different things and finding the ones that work for you.
* Following a diet high in Anti-inflammatory Foods – Try and ensure that you get enough of all the necessary nutrients your body needs to function optimally. Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet such as Green Tea, Blueberries, Oily Fish and Leafy Greens can help to reduce inflammation in the body.
People with fibromyalgia also tend to have lower levels of Vitamin D. So taking a Vitamin D supplement can be helpful too.
There are organisations to support people with fibromyalgia that may also be able to offer advice.
Visit UK Fibromyalgia’s support group section for a list of support groups across the country.
You may also find it helpful to talk to other people with fibromyalgia on this online community.
I do hope that sharing this with you has been helpful. Whether you are suffering with Fibromyalgia yourself or supporting a friend or loved one.