Aromatherapy Care for Fibromyalgia

Aromatherapy Care for Fibromyalgia

by Pamela Hart

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A person suffering from fibromyalgia benefits from the effects of essential oils.   Those afflicted with pain in one or more of the trigger points have options using an aromatherapy approach.  Since fibromyalgia affects the emotional as well as the physical, inhaling essential oils enhances mood, relieving anxiety and depression that correlate with fibromyalgia.  Aromatherapy stimulates our sense of smell.  Once inhaled, the scent from the essential oil reaches the olfactory where it is then transmitted to the limbic system in our brain releasing hormones that create a positive mood.  Altering the mood allows fibromyalgia suffers to cope with the discomfort of muscle pain.

Essential oils applied to the skin or added to a bath provide direct relief for aching muscles.  Massage therapy is an option as the combination of appropriate essential oils and massage techniques relax and stimulate the muscle tissue.  Due to the sensitivity fibromyalgia causes, therapists use a lighter touch and more potent concentrations of essential oils to increase the benefits of aromatherapy.  Some of the benefits include improved circulation, more energy, better memory and concentration, and an overall feeling of well-being.  When applied to the skin, essential oils need to be combined with a carrier oil such as sweet almond or jojoba oil to avoid damaging the skin.  When added to a bath, a few drops is all that is required to reap the benefits of the essential oils.

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Many people with fibromyalgia rely on medications prescribed by their primary or pain doctor.  What they may not realize is the side effects often outweigh the benefits of the medication.  Essential oils are extracted from natural plants.  Though a few are toxic in certain situations, most of them are easily absorbed into our bodies with no side effects provided they are used correctly.  As patients are experiencing the frustrations of fibromyalgia, more of them are turning to essential oils as a natural alternative to medication.  First time users may experience headaches, or other minor discomfort, as the body detoxifies and healing begins.

Recommended essential oils for fibromyalgia are lavender and chamomile for relaxation, citrus oils such as lemon or grapefruit for increased energy, and eucalyptus, peppermint, or juniper for sore and aching muscles.  Aromatherapy is a natural way to help and heal.  With adequate knowledge, anyone dealing with this chronic condition will experience a better quality of life using essential oils.

Cited sources:

Dee Braun, Essential Oils for Fibromyalgia, Jan. 6, 2016,

Aromatherapy for Fibromyalgia,


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