Updated: Sep 27
If you have fibromyalgia, you will have tried various remedies and treatments to treat and lessen the widespread pain and associated symptoms.
Let's look at aromatherapy as an alternative therapy for Fibromyalgia, including hot aromatherapy baths for treating Fibromyalgia.
What is aromatherapy?
Herbs and plant oils have been used medicinally for centuries and centuries, and Rene-Maurice Gattefossé first used “aromatherapy” in 1928.
Gattefossé was a French chemist who accidentally burnt his hand 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 result 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 complementary therapies. Part of its success is due to the approach involved in aromatherapy.
Aromatherapist or DIY?
An aromatherapist considers your medical history, mental health, well-being, and emotional condition to achieve the best results.
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 and its severity, and affects your overall health.
An aromatherapist working with someone suffering from stress will create a plan that includes 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 essential oils' various properties 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 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 thought that essential oils can encourage positivity, boost energy, uplift, and soothe troublesome moods. When it comes to treating chronic pain, aromatherapy is helpful because it may help relieve anxiety and stress caused by the pain and vice versa.
When pain is muscular, it's commonly observed 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 scent, it sets off reactions in other parts of the body. For example, 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.
You can use essential oils in diffusers, personal inhalers, and massage oils. Additionally, you can use essential oil-infused bath products and use them in warm water baths, which may be the best choice for chronic pain conditions.
Warm aromatherapy baths
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 soothing chronic pain, and the addition of appropriately chosen essential oils increases its effectiveness.
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