Sunday, May 2, 2010

Fibromyalgia Natural Medicines: Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is one of the fibromyalgia natural medicines that people swear by. Some natural health practitioners and chiropractors also use aromatherapy as part of a treatment for fibromyalgia. There are several scents which are preferred. As always you should consult your health professional before trying these on your own.

A high-grade peppermint oil seems to help block some of the pain. Peppermint oil also seems to help with the fibrofog. The scent helps with focus and clearer thinking.

Sweet birch is also used because it is a natural anti-inflammatory. Another reason to look for high grade oils is so you do not irritate your skin when you use them. Sweet birch can also be toxic and should be used sparingly.

Another essential oil that seems to help is lavender. It is used to calm you down. Sometimes the pain and stress of dealing with fibromyalgia can become so overwhelming a natural medicine to calm you is invaluable. Lavender oil is easier to find but you could use fresh lavender tea bags for the scent in a pinch.

The strategy behind natural medicines for fibromyalgia is to stimulate what some people call the reptile part of our brains. One chiropractor I know believes aromatherapy can be used to retrain this part of the brain to handle pain correctly.