The use of pure extracts from plants has been around hundreds of years, and the health-promoting essences are commonly used for relieving and reducing many conditions.
Although the label of Aromatherapy' is a relatively modern one, ancient physicians were highly skilled in the administration of volatile plant extracts and understood the effects they had on the human body and mind. Physicians in ancient civilisations were paid to keep people healthy, if someone got sick, the doctor was not paid, so they used essential oils on a daily basis to help promote the beneficial effects in daily life, this often helped to prevent or lessen the effects of an ailment before it could become troublesome.
Aromatherapy is a very gentle form of treatment, therefore ordinary people can benefit greatly from the use of essential oils at home without the worry of visiting a specialist. However, for more specific conditions such as fibromyalgia, it is always best to consult a trained Aromatherapist who can apply their knowledge and professional skill on a regular basis to relieve the condition. Re-inforcing your aromatherapy sessions at home with soothing and relaxing essential oils can only help the fibromyalgia sufferer to manage their symptoms.
The beneficial combination of massage and essential oils is very relaxing in itself, but you are also taking in the healing and balancing scents through your nose as you breath, resulting in a wholesome balance to your body and mind. This can often give you some positive side effects like better digestion, healthier skin, and an overall improvement in your general well-being.
Using a calming blend of essential oils on a regular basis can go far to help strengthen your immune system. Something as simple as applying a few drops of oil to a handkerchief and carrying it with you can help to calm you down, sooth your stress, and generally give you a bit of support and resolve to get through whatever stressful situation you may find yourself facing.
Fibromyalgia is believed to be stress-related, so you can help keep the atmosphere calm, stress-free and peaceful at work and home by placing around your office or home a dish of essential oil scented wooden balls.
At the end of a stressful day, taking a relaxing bath with the addition of essential oils can go a long way to help relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia, relieving stress, chilling you out and winding you down for a peaceful night's sleep.
The use of a vaporiser or oil burner can be very beneficial, fragrancing the air with a dose of soothing and calming essential oils than using scented wooden balls alone. Ensure your oil burner is positioned in a safe place when you use it because of the obvious fire risks associated with the use of candles.
Our Neglected Sense of Smell
Our modern world is highly dominated by audio and visual stimuli, so we don't rely nearly as much on our sense of smell as we once did.
When a baby is born, it senses and recognises it's mother and the security she offers by smell, and as a baby doesn't have fully developed eyesight, smell becomes the main and keenest of its senses.
We know not to eat a bad fruit, vegetable or other piece of food that doesn't smell quite right even if sometimes it looks ok, and it is that sour' smell that creates a reaction to it, making us feel sick, or giving us a headache.
In the same way, inhaling a potent aromatherapy oil can invoke a reaction of pleasure, calming relaxation, stimulating vigour, or thought provoking clarity.
With fibromyalgia sufferers who by nature are often stressed out or feel anxious most of the time, the best sort of essential oils to use are soothing and calming ones that can help ease stress, and in some cases prevent an attack coming on, or reduce the effects.
Easing stress and tension with the following essential oils is recommended, and you can safely use these oils in massage, oil burners or vaporisers, and in your bath at home:
Basil, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, geranium, lavender, neroli, sweet orange, rose, and ylang ylang.
A suggested blend of relaxing oils for use in your bath at home would be the following: 3 drops of sweet orange, 4 drops of neroli and 3 drops of ylang ylang.
When you seek out a therapist, make sure you check they are professionally trained and qualified to treat your specific needs. You should feel relaxed and at ease with your therapist and be able to establish a trusting relationship. Try out sessions with different therapists to find the one you are most happy with before committing to a course of aromatherapy massage treatments.