If you are suffering from a chronic pain condition such as Fibromyalgia, it is likely that you have tried various remedies and treatments since you were diagnosed to treat and lessen the pain and associated symptoms.
Have you considered using aromatherapy as part of your pain management and treatment plan?
In this blog, we'll explore why there may be good reasons you should consider this alternative treatment.
Let's look at what aromatherapy is and then discuss the ways it can be used, including hot aromatherapy baths for treating Fibromyalgia.
What Is Aromatherapy?
Herbs and plant oils have been used medicinally for centuries and centuries, it was Rene-Maurice Gattefossé who first used the term “aromatherapy” in 1928.
Gattefossé was a French chemist who burnt his hand by accident and then plunged it into a vat of lavender oil without giving it much thought. The result of his quick thinking was that the burn healed very quickly with no scar. This prompted him to investigate the healing potential of essential oils more thoroughly.
Today, aromatherapy is one of the most widely known and popular types of complimentary therapies. Part of its success is due to the approach involved in aromatherapy.
Aromatherapist or DIY?
An aromatherapist takes into consideration your medical history, mental health, well-being and emotional condition to ensure that the best results are achieved.
Essential oils are used as treatments for both pain and to enhance mood. Take stress for example. If stress is ignored, it only gets worse, increases flare up of pain, its severity, and also affects your overall health.
An aromatherapist working with someone suffering from stress will create a plan that includes a combination of suitable essential oils to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and improve health and mental outlook.
Of course, you do not necessarily need a specialist, as you can easily buy a diffuser and essential oils for yourself and experiment with an array of oils. Be sure to research and learn about the various properties of essential oils as to find the specific oils to meet your needs. For Fibromyalgia, you may want to start with oils such as lavender or vetiver for relaxation and to induce sleep, peppermint for reducing pain and nausea, frankincense for mental clarity, and lemon for reducing stress and increasing focus.
Benefits Of Aromatherapy
Though Aromatherapy is widely used to help people with various conditions and symptoms, you should note that evidence of its effectiveness differs from condition to condition, symptom to symptom and person to person. It is believed that essential oils can encourage positivity, help boost energy, uplift and soothe troublesome moods. When it comes to treating chronic pain, one of the reasons aromatherapy is so helpful is that it may help to relieve anxiety and stress caused by the pain and vice versa.
When pain is muscular, it has been noted that essential oils used topically in massages can also be an effective treatment.
How Does Aromatherapy Work?
Aromatherapy works predominantly through essential oils via your sense of smell. The brain has strong links to our sense of smell, which is why you react in different ways to different scents. When your brain analyzes a smell, it sets off reactions in other parts of the body. It could be where you feel relaxed, energized, or hungry. Along with this, the nerves in your nose can also recognize and match smells to specific memories – this is why certain smells cause a variety of different emotions.
Aromatherapy can be used in diffusers, personal inhalers and in massage oils.
Additionally, essential oils can also be used in warm water baths, which maybe the best choices for chronic pain conditions.
Warm Aromatherapy Baths
By using essential oils in a warm bath, you can have your daily soak while also benefiting from aromatherapy. This is a great way to allow the healing properties of essential oils to help relax sore pain points seen in fibromyalgia. Not only will you absorb the oils into your skin but you are also inhaling the oils into your nose from the steam rising from your bath. The warm water in itself has been proven to help with the soothing of chronic pain and the addition of appropriately chosen essential oils increase its effectiveness.