FIBROMYALGIA

ESSENTIAL OILS

Frankincense. Shown to decrease muscle pain and support the healing of nerve tissue.

Turmeric. Contains compounds that reduce inflammation and support healthy muscles and nerves.

Lavender. Contains properties that help relieve tension and pain.

Peppermint. Acts as an effective natural pain reliever and muscle relaxant.

Research
A study shows that peppermint
oil applied topically has pain relief benefits associated with fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.

Home Remedy
Muscle Rub. Mix 1⁄2 cup of coconut oil and 1⁄4 cup of grated beeswax in a glass jar. Place the jar in a saucepan with 2 inches of water and allow the contents to melt over medium-high heat. Stir and then add 2 teaspoons of cayenne and 2 teaspoons of ginger or turmeric. Allow it to cool slightly before adding 15 drops each of peppermint oil and lavender oil. Mix well. Pour the mixture into metal tins and let it cool.

Background
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that includes long-term, body- wide pain in the muscles and connective tissues as well as general weakness, fatigue and intermittent depression. For a diagnosis to be made, the pain must be present in at least 11 of 18 specific trigger points. This characteristic pain may be accompanied by fatigue and headaches, along with experiencing difficulty with sleep, anxiety and depression. Females in the age group 20 to 50 are the most likely to suffer from fibromyalgia. The specific cause of fibromyalgia is yet to be determined, but some potential causes include allergies to chemicals or foods, viruses, hormonal problems, poor digestion, candidiasis, spinal misalignments, stress or neurotransmitter deficiency.

Suggested Supplements

» Magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is often linked to fibromyalgia. Take 500 milligrams daily.

» Bone Broth Protein Powder. Contains type 2 collagen that supports healthy muscles, joints and connective tissue.