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Oils 4 My MS
Like herbs and minerals, the FDA does not regulate essentials oils. Most medical doctors don’t consider them a valid treatment for what ails you, but those who use them are true believers. But check with your doctor first. If you have allergies or anaphylaxis, you’ll probably want to avoid most essential oils. By and large, though, they’re worth a try.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that, in MS patients, “essential oils (aromatherapy) may give symptomatic relief with sleep, relaxation, joint mobility, and an improved sense of well-being.” Below is a list of the essential oils to that may help to ease symptoms of various conditions.
Massage Today suggest these uses of essential oils:
For Pain: Spike lavender, sweet marjoram, lavender, petitgrain, Roman and German chamomile, clary sage, lemongrass, helichrysum, peppermint, ginger, black pepper.
For Stress: Rose otto, frankincense, clary sage, sweet orange, bergamot, grapefruit, ylang ylang, sandalwood, neroli, sweet marjoram, petitgrain, mandarin, lavender, rose geranium, tangerine, jasmine.
For Sleep: Lavender, neroli, jasmine, marjoram, Roman chamomile.
For Sense of Well-Being: Frankincense, lavender, rose, mandarin, neroli, helichrysum.
For Headaches: Lavender, peppermint, marjoram, Roman chamomile.
For Circulation: Rosemary, ginger, black pepper, peppermint, lemongrass, rose geranium.
Early research shows more possible benefits for essential oils in these areas:
For Antioxidant Properties: Lavender.
For Anticancer Properties: Lemongrass, thyme.
For Anti-inflammatory Properties: Myrrh, frankincense.
For Nausea: Peppermint, spearmint.
For Hormone Regulation: Thyme, coconut.
For Brain Function and Nerve: Coconut.
For migraines, I use lavender oil and then add pepermint oil. I also use a blend of frankincense, sandlewood, ylang ylang, and pepermint. This amazing blend is known for for cell regineration and specifically neuron (brain cell) repair. It helps both my MS symptoms (weakness and imbalance) and migraines.
How to Apply Essential Oils Topically
The symptom will determine how you apply the oils. Essential oils can be difused into the air or otherwise inhaled, applied directly to the skin (topically) as well as taken internally. When you apply oils topically, you can either apply them straight (directly to the skin from the bottle) or use a carrier oil. A good rule to follow is if you are trying to apply the oils to a large surface area (back, legs, etc) use a carrier oil first. When I am treating my muscle spasms, I apply organic coconut oil to my leg first. This helps the essential oil spread evenly, and not soak into one spot. Then I drop the essential oil into my hands and spread it on top of the coconut oil. You can “stack” oils, too. Rub one into your skin and then place another one on top of it.
When I feel a migraine coming on I use the oils (lavendar and pepermint) straight, and stack them. I place them directly on the pressure points at the base of my neck. I also place them on my temples, and the skin behind my ears down to my jaw line.
The soles of the feet, wrists, and the space behind the ears down to the jaw line are all great places to put any oil for fast absorbtion. The skin in these areas is thin, so the therapeutic benefit of the oil can quickly absorb into the bloodstream and go to work.
Other Oils I Use
In addition to the oils I’ve already mentioned, I also use oils like melaluca (tea tree), lemon, oregeno, and grapefruit oils daily. Most oils have amazing antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
I’ve used melaluca to treat everything from a bacterial vaginal infection to a sore throat to foot odor. Just make sure to dilute this oil well with a carrier oil (coconut or olive oil) if you are applying it topically. Melaluca, like cayenne oil, needs to be diluted well before being placed on the skin (especially in the nether regions). It won’t physically damage your skin, but it can cause a strong burning sensation.
I also use melaluca or lemon oil to clean my house. Put 5 drops in a spray bottle, fill it with water and go to work. Just a note: the oils can clog the spray nozzle. To prevent this just dissolve the oils into some grain alcohol and add the mixture to the water and you are ready to clean. Lemon oil works great for cleaning mirrors.
Oregano oil helps with toothaches and skin infections; grapefruit oil helps reduce the appearance of cellulite (due to its diuretic properties) and it has strong antidepressant properties.
I mix a few drops of grapefruit oil with coconut oil and use this to moisturize my whole body every morning. After I moisturize, I feel uplifted and am ready to face the day. These are some of my favorite uses for essential oils. What are yours?
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Essential Oils and Multiple Sclerosis
What is multiple sclerosis and how might essential oils help? NB: I am NOT a medical professional - these are just my thoughts & those of others I have tried. And we know MS as being a royal pain the rear. So how can we learn to live just a bit better? Because sometimes it just takes a "bit"!
According to the National MS Society:
"Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. The exact antigen — or target that the immune cells are sensitized to attack — remains unknown, which is why MS is considered by many experts to be "immune-mediated" rather than "autoimmune."
With this in mind, it's time to try some natural solutions that might help calm the autoimmune response and find overall health in the body, mind and soul. Time for essential oils!
I've had positive results using several oils for everything from sleep, nervousness to clearer breathing and wanting more energy. I have found better living through essential oils. Quality of essential oils is a must. The highest quality insures the safest and most effective way to use essential oils whether it's ingested or used topically.
The beginning is always the toughest. Taking that first step. Well, I did and I am not looking back! Essential oils are helping me manage my MS so I can live better. There is a lot to learn about which oils might help you for which MS symptom.
Time to change your medicine cabinet!
I am excited about continuing to change my medicine cabinet! Essential oils can help with many issues, medical, mental or physical. In learning more about essential oils and multiple sclerosis I came across the following protocol for possibly helping with MS:
This is NOT my protocol but I followed it for a bit (7 days) and found it helpful - every time!
Please remember: I am not a medical professional and do not make recommendations just suggestions that you might want to check out further. Sometimes you got to try everything to see what works for you. While each person presents a unique health situation, I recommend that protocol for each is customized to match their healing requirements. A general rule of thumb for managing multiple sclerosis is to reduce inflammation, sooth nerves, provide a calm energy, provide comfort to aches and pains, and to enliven those numb and tingling areas. With this in mind, here is a general Protocol for multiple sclerosis using essential oils, adapted from a variety of sites and personal experience:
Essential Oil Users Have Found To Assist In Multiple Sclerosis Support:
The Life Long Vitality supplements are suggested by many - we need to supplement event the best diet!
Initial Cleanse - Cleanse & Restore
Depending upon health of patient, start with the GX Assist and the PB Assist in a protocol of 10 days GX, 5 days PB, wait 10 days and repeat, wait 10 days and repeat. Do this quarterly. This is a cleanse specifically designed for auto immune disease.
Drop 2-3 drops of Frankincense under the tongue 4 times a day for two weeks.
Continue the Lifelong Vitality supplements
Morning: Topically apply Peppermint to the bottoms of the feet, take internally, and diffuse.
During the day: add 1-3 drops of Lemon to each glass of water. (drink lots of water-use glass containers ONLY) and ONLY if FRESh lemon is not available (fresh is always best!)
Evening: Topically apply Frankincense to the bottoms of the feet, take internally, and diffuse.
Make a mix of following MS recipe:
· 10 drops Helichrysum
· 10 drops Frankincense
· 10 drops Sandalwood
· 5 drops Basil
· 3 drops Peppermint
Rub 1-3 drops of the MS recipe on brain reflexology points, the forehead, temples and mastoids (just behind the ears) and massage 6-8 drops of oil blend from the base of the skull down the spine
-I personally take essential oils internally. Everyone is different. Do what you want and feel best for you. Diffusing and topical application seem to work just great.
Other ideas (Listen to your body, it will tell you what you need). Consider the following for their benefits:
· If a flare up or an exacerbation occurs layer (topically apply one oil after another with 1 to 5 minutes between) Peppermint and Frankincense on the bottoms of the feet and/or the affected area.
· If discouraged, diffuse Citrus Bliss or other uplifting oils.
· To prevent picking up a infectious disease (that might trigger an exacerbation) diffuse OnGuard or Purify regularly. Rub OnGuard on the feet nightly.
Also consider these oils in supplemental ways:
· Helichrysum – strong regenerative properties for nerve tissue
· Sandalwood – similar properties as frankincense (antibacterial, antiviral, soothing)
· Clove – one of the strongest agents to kill pathogens & great to add if you're OIL PULLING I do this too when detoxing
I had never heard of helichrysum before. (I have helichrysum on order!) it's part of the daisy family, asteraceae. I will check it out - but it looks promising!
There are many benefits to using essential oils for holistic health and wellness. Any time we can find alternative ways to reach a healthy life, it's worth it!
It's time to be aware of what we put in our bodies. And while essential oils are not medicine nor will they "heal" your MS, there are oils that can help some of the symptoms seem not so bad.
Other favorites of mine:
Leg cramps: lemon grass, basil
Sleeping issues: lavender, cedar wood, serenity
Nerve pain: aroma touch, past tense.
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