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Aromatherapy
 
        ....oooooo, that smells soooooo good!


Discover the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy in the treatment of Fibromyalgia symptoms

Essential oils and aromatherapy are a holistic treatment approach that can be effective when used to treat the pain, depression, brain fog, insomnia and other symptoms that make up the syndrome of Fibromyalgia. The use of essential oils is a therapy used for caring for the mind, body and spirit with pleasant smelling botanical oils, such as rose, sandalwood, lemon, lavender, sweet orange and peppermint. 

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The source for the extraction of the oils can be plants, flowers, trees, fruits, bark, grasses, peels, roots, resins, seeds and rhizones.

Each of the plants, or plant parts, have therapeutic, psychological, and physiological properties that improve and prevent illness. 

In many cultures around the world for many centuries, plants, and plant parts, have been used in healing, applied in folk medicine and incorporated into spiritual practices.

The oils are produced through distillation, expression, or solvent extraction of the plants, or plant parts, and are then used to create perfumes, in the production of cosmetics, as incense, as food and drink flavorings.  It is, also, used in health care settings in liniments or mixed with a carrier oil for use in massage.

They should always be mixed with a carrier oil before being massaged into the There are different carrier oils that can be used, including Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel, Avacado Oil, Cocoa Butter, Evening Primrose, Grapeseed, Jojoba, and Olive, just to name a few. 

When making a decision on which carrier oil to use, consider the fragrance of the oil, as well as the consistency, texture and shelf life.

Some carrier oils, Borage, for example, have a very short shelf life and will go rancid quite quickly.

You will most likely need to try a few to find the carrier oil that works best for you.

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When used in aroma therapy, such as when added to bath water or put into a diffuser, they can be inhaled directly or diffused to scent an entire room for relief of
  • pain
  • care for the skin
  • to alleviate tension and fatigue
  • to invigorate the entire body, mind and spirit

Aromatherapy affects the brain and nervous system through stimulation of the olfactory nerves when the aromas are inhaled.

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Some oils that can be used in the treatment of fibromyalgia include:
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Clary sage
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Orange
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang ylang

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The benefits of aromatherapy in the treatment of fibromyalgia are many.

The therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy are as diverse and wide a ranging as the essential oils themselves and can offer supportive treatment for those diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

There are about 150 different essential oils, each with many different properties ranging from antivirals to pain reduction to mentally stimulating. 

The properties vary from oil to oil and each oil can treat a variety of problems or symptoms. 

Some are therapeutic benefits of essential oil use are -

* antiviral

* anti-inflammatory

* pain-relieving, anti-rheumatic, arthritis, headache pain

* antidepressant, promoting an elevation in mood

* expectorant, clearing congestion from the lungs, sinus

* promote stimulation or relaxation

* affect the mood, calming, stimulation, reducing depression

* increase mental clarity, improves memory and focus

* improve digestive function, relieving constipation, treat IBS

* reduce anxiety, calming

* have diuretic properties, good for edema, weightloss

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So many of the therapeutic benefits listed address symptoms exhibited by individuals with fibromyalgia.  So, finding the right essential oils to use as an adjunct to your other fibromyalgia treatment protocols can be beneficial.

When mixing, combining or treating with essentials oils, you will want to look at all the properties and uses to ensure that they are compatible in their therapeutic benefits, as well as clearly understanding their safe mode of application. 

A consultation with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner is recommended to ensure proper application and selection of the essential oil or oils that would be most beneficial for you.

You may want to incorporate the benefits of aromatherapy into your self care plan or visit an aroma therapy specialist.

FREE Worksheet for you, print them out and get started! 

The worksheets have been designed especially for you, to help begin to collect the information and data that will be a valuable assist in helping you to make solid, well-informed decisions that will help in creating your very own personal Fibromyalgia wellness plan.

Dancing Cedars Healing Arts

Everett, WA, USA