Essential Oils

The Best Essential Oils For Fibromyalgia Pain & Other Symptoms 

Updated on 17 November 2020 • 2 minute read
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Overview 

Fibromyalgia (aka fibrositis) is a condition characterized by chronic and widespread muscle pain and discomfort in the body’s connective tissues. 

Other symptoms of Fibromyalgia can include: 

Researchers believe that painful sensations are intensified with this condition thanks to possible changes in how your brain and central nervous system process pain signals. 

Women are more likely to develop this condition than men. 

Fibromyalgia patients also tend to have other disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue syndrome, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), migraines, anxiety, and depression. 

While there’s no cure for fibromyalgia, medications and natural treatments can help manage symptoms. 

Alternative modalities like meditation, acupuncture, yoga, and the use of essential oils and aromatherapy can improve quality of life and increase long-term well-being. 

 

Essential Oils As Natural Remedies 

Essential oils (EOs) are highly concentrated plant extracts containing several active compounds known to help the body heal and re-balance. 

EOs can offer multiple health benefits that support the management of fibromyalgia symptoms. 

Many EOs are highly anti-inflammatory and effective at reducing chronic pain naturally.

Other EOs are energizing and invigorating to the senses; this can help manage chronic fatigue. 

EOs can be used as sleep aids and calming agents

EOs can also help manage muscle aches while supporting healthy blood flow and even re-balancing the nervous system.   

 

The Best Essential Oils For Fibromyalgia Symptoms  

Pain & Discomfort: 

  • Frankincense oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Clove oil
  • Lemongrass oil
  • Helichrysum oil 

 

Fatigue: 

  • Grapefruit oil
  • Bergamot oil

 

Fibro fog: 

  • Rosemary oil 
  • Cedarwood oil 

 

Insomnia: 

  • Lavender oil 
  • Roman chamomile 

 

Anxiety: 

  • Lavender essential oil 
  • Ylang-ylang 
  • Sandalwood
  • Clary sage

 

Headaches: 

  • Frankincense oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Eucalyptus oil 
  • Peppermint oil 

 

How To Use Essential Oils For Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

The most direct and effective way to use EOs for pains and aches is to apply them topically. 

Always dilute your EOs in a carrier oil like the following: 

  • Coconut oil 
  • Almond oil 
  • Jojoba oil 

Create a soothing massage oil or lotion by mixing 2-3 drops of EO per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. 

You can also use an essential oil diffuser to address fibro fog, memory, concentration, fatigue, or anxiety symptoms. 

Add 12-16 drops of EOs and fill your diffuser with water and press the on button. 

The oils’ active chemicals will be dispersed throughout the room instantly. 

 

Safety Concerns 

When used safely and adequately, EOs usually offer little to no side effects.

EOs must always be diluted in a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation and possible reactions when used topically as a natural aid for fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms. 

It’s advisable to perform a patch test on a non-affected area of the skin and wait 24 hours to confirm no allergic reaction

If you experience any adverse reaction to any oil, discontinue use immediately and consult your healthcare provider.

Be aware of each oil you use contraindications as some EOs aren’t suitable for children or pregnant or nursing women. 

Always choose high-quality, certified organic and therapeutic grade products to avoid diluted batches and the addition of potentially harmful chemicals. 

 

DIY Soothing Salve 

Use this quick and easy to make salve recipe for managing aches and pains: 

  • 3 tablespoons of your choice of carrier oil 
  • 7 drops frankincense oil
  • 5 drops peppermint oil
  • 5 drops clove oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil 

Mix the oil with the EOs and gently rub the affected areas. 

For best results, apply the salve twice daily – once in the morning and once at night. 

 

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