Incessant pain, fibro fog, and other fibromyalgia symptoms are hard to manage all at once. If you are looking into natural pain relief, then you are in luck because I have a list of the 15 best essential oils for fibromyalgia!
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is basically widespread pain on your body. Accompanying symptoms are usually fatigue, insomnia or sleep-related issues, migraines, memory problems (“fibro fog” ), and many more. Each patient is unique, so not all fibromyalgia patients experience the same exact number and intensity of symptoms. You can read more about fibromyalgia here.
So far, there is no cure for fibromyalgia. (We are waiting for more research…!). Managing fibromyalgia requires implementing a variety of tools and techniques, such as medication, sleep hygiene, exercise, healthy eating, and other things as well. I share some tips here.
Why Should You Use Essential Oils for Fibromyalgia?
Essential oils are extracted concentrations from plants that preserve the natural fragrance from its source. They contain natural healing properties that can be beneficial for your health and wellbeing. Essential oils are often used to treat inflammation, reduce anxiety, uplift moods, improve respiratory issues, treat insomnia, and the list goes on and on. Essential oils are natural helpers in alleviating your fibromyalgia symptoms Have you ever had a massage? Chances are the massage therapist applied a soothing essential oil to maximize your massage experience.
There are countless essential oils to choose from nowadays and each essential oil has its own functional qualities. You may be doing several things to manage your pain aside from medication. Why not include essential oils into your pain management plan? Some healing properties of essential oils are analgesic (helps with sleep and relaxation) and antispasmodic (alleviates muscle spasms) which are helpful to keep in mind if you looking for an essential oil to specifically provide relaxation or pain relief.
Which Essential Oils Help with Fibromyalgia?
Since fibromyalgia makes up a cluster of symptoms, I split up the essential oils based on the symptoms they target (pain, fibro fog & mental clarity, sleep & fatigue). Keep in mind that a lot of these essential oils yield numerous benefits and are not limited to these categories.
Each fibromyalgia patient experiences his or her symptoms differently, so some or all essential oils here may be helpful to you!
15 Best Essential Oils for Fibromyalgia
- Helichrysum: This essential oil tends to be popular in managing fibromyalgia pain. It can help to reduce muscle and nerve pain.
- Ginger: Can help tremendously with muscle pain and reducing inflammation.
- Eucalyptus: This anti-inflammatory oil has such a calming scent and it can relieve achy, sore muscles.
- Peppermint Oil: Peppermint oil helps with muscle pain and muscle spasms. It can help you get more focus and be more alert.
- Black Pepper: This particular oil can help reduce muscle pain and even fatigue. Just make sure to apply it gingerly because it’s pretty strong! (I can make a joke out of this because ginger and black pepper are in the “anti-inflammatory club” LOL)
FIBRO FOG AND MENTAL CLARITY
6. Basil: Another handy kitchen item. Basil oil can help with stress, fatigue, and even clear out fibro fog.
7. Clary Sage: Think of clarity…A great option for improving your mood and reducing your stress and anxiety levels.
8. Bergamot: This one can help with nerve pain, stress, tension, and overall mood. It’s also antispasmodic and analgesic.
9. Frankincense: Can helpful to sharpen your mind and regulate stress levels.
10. Vetiver: Can be extremely helpful to destress, improve your sleep, and helps with muscle pain.
SLEEP AND FATIGUE
11. Lavender: This is probably the most obvious of them all. Lavender is known for its calming properties that help you sleep better at night. Lavender is also able to reduce pain on a temporary basis.
12. Rose: Can’t sleep? Smell the roses–or use rose essential oil. It can help you with insomnia.
13. Roman Chamomile: It’s great to invest in all-purpose essential oils, such as this one. Roman chamomile is antispasmodic and can uplift your mood and give you a peaceful night’s sleep.
14. Marjoram: This oil is another option if you are struggling with persistent headaches and it also helps with sleep deprivation
15. Neroli: It can help with decreasing muscle pain, inflammation, and stress.
How Do You Use Essential Oils for Fibromyalgia?
Using essential oils on a regular basis can be effective in providing pain relief as well as reducing fibromyalgia symptoms. Inhaling or diffusing essential oils help to reduce stress, insomnia, migraines, fibromyalgia flares, etc.
One of the ways to use essential oils is by cultivating an aromatic space in your home or bedroom. You can use an essential oil diffuser, especially in your bedtime routine to calm your body and mind for a restful sleep. If you don’t have an oil diffuser, you can do this by using cotton balls. All you need to do is pour a few drops of your essential oil into a cotton ball and place it in areas that you’d like the scent to waft in your home.
Other Ways to Use Essential Oils
I love that essential oils are small, lightweight, and portable. You can take them to work or when you’re running an errand. Some people (like me!) like to inhale the essential oil directly-you can do this by taking a few moments throughout the day.
You can also apply essential oil on your skin–as long as they are diluted, of course. These essential oils seep through your skin which alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms.
You can also consider pouring a few drops of your essential oil on a hot bath. And why not make it a bubble bath for an extra-soothing and self-care time? Warm water provides much-needed pain relief to your body. You can pour a few drops in bathwater and voila you got yourself homemade aromatherapy.
Risks and Considerations
It’s important to take note that essential oils are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so that means the quality is going to differ from each brand. Choose the brand you trust!
Essential oils may smell so good and delicious, but make sure that you don’t ingest them because these oils are concentrated.
Test your essential oils before using them in case you get an allergic reaction. You can test the essential oil by diluting it with a carrier oil (like jojoba, almond, coconut, etc) and then put a few drops of the mixed oil on your forearm. If you experience no reaction, then you are good to go.
It’s always important to check for possible drug interactions.
Some oils (like citrus) can irritate your skin when exposed to daylight. If you are using an essential oil, such as citrus ones, you can use a carrier oil to dilute it.
So which essential oil is your favorite? Please comment below your favorite things to do with essential oils!