CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

ESSENTIAL OILS

Holy Basil. An adaptogen that improves energy and reduces stress.

Roman Chamomile. Ideal for fighting stress and insomnia.

Lavender and Ylang Ylang. Relax the mind and body; increase circulation.

Rosemary. May improve energy by decreasing inflammation and supporting brain health.

Research
A study conducted on college students found that using lavender oil improved overall quality of sleep by 60 percent. This included length of sleep, time it took to fall asleep and restfulness.

Home Remedy
Healing Bath Salts. Mix 3 cups of Epsom salt and 1 cup of baking soda. At bath time, add 1 cup of the dry ingredients and 40 drops of the essential oil of your choice to your bath (as warm as you can stand). Soak for 20 to 40 minutes.

Background
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an illness characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for more than six months. One of the disease’s challenges is that it’s impossible to diagnose with lab tests alone. However, some experts believe it is closely related to adrenal fatigue or system-wide inflammation of the body. Over a million Americans are suffering from this debilitating illness that manifests with a lack of energy and motivation, and women are two to four times more likely than men to be diagnosed. When left untreated, it decreases stamina, memory, concentration and overall quality of life. People who suffer from CFS must do their best to manage stress and get plenty of rest—and essential oils can help with that.

Suggested Supplements 

» B-Complex Vitamins. B-vitamins, especially B12, boost energy and improve mood.

» Magnesium and Potassium. Symptoms of a potassium deficiency include the common CFS symptoms; CFS patients commonly have low magnesium levels.