Using Essential Oils for Fibromyalgia

There are various natural ways to relieve fibromyalgia symptoms, and one of the ways I prefer to do that is with essential oils. But the subject of essential oils is large and overwhelming. Where does one begin to learn about essential oils? And how do you use essential oils for fibromyalgia symptoms? Here is my guide to using essential oils and how they are used specifically for those everlasting discomfort brought on by fibromyalgia.

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Disclaimer: Please consult with your physician or healthcare provider for health care and treatment. The information in this website is not a substitute for professional medical nor healthcare advice. Any advice I give is strictly personal opinion based on what I feel has worked for me.

Essential oils do not claim to cure anything, but rather they aid in a more comfortable way of living. Because of this disclaimer, I will not use any medical terms or diagnoses, but instead will guide you how to ease several different discomforts associated with fibromyalgia.

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What are essential oils?

Essential oils come from the compounds found in all parts of a plant – seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts. They are harvested by experts and distilled to extract the oils by using precise pressures and temperatures. These precise measurements protect the plants and oils from being oxidized or destroyed by heat. read more details

For the last week or so my kids have been asking me to make roller bottles for their tummies, heads, and noses. I finally sat down and did it this morning. It took about an hour to make 12 roller bottles total. My kids are happy campers now. That makes mama happy, too.

How to Use Essential Oils

There are three ways to essential oils. Some essential oils can be used all three ways while others cannot. Look for uses or warnings on the labeling of all essential oils. When in doubt, contact the company’s website.

Note: Never apply oils directly to the eyes or ear canals. Avoid exposing area of application to sunlight for 12 hours after using citrus oils topically. Always refer to the company’s website for other precautions of essential oils.

Note: Use caution when using oils on infants or children. These doses should be drastically cut back. Refer to the company’s website for children and infant’s dosage amounts.

  1. Aromatic: Essential oils can be used through aromatherapy. Techniques for this method is direct inhalation (breathing in the aroma through the nose), diffusing (evaporating essential oils into the air through the use of a diffuser), and spray bottle (mixing oils with water or alcohol and sprayed into the air). Avoid the direct inhalation technique with infants and children.
  2. Topical: Essential oils are fat-soluble and can be applied directly to the skin because their compounds can be readily absorbed and enter the bloodstream (this is another reason why the quality of oils is important). Applying topical can be through the feet, massaging, bath, or moist cloth compress.
  3. Internal: Some essential oils can be ingested because they are fat-soluble and readily delivered to the organs of the body. Various techniques of internally ingesting are under the tongue, in a gelatin cap, vegetable capsule, in a tea, in food, or in water. Other techniques can be vaginal insertion, rectal insertion, or suppositories. Caution: Some oils are not safe to ingest such as cypress or pine. Check the labeling on the bottle or the company’s website.

Caution: Some essential oils require a carrier oil when applied to the skin for dilution in order to avoid evaporation or irritation of the skin. Check the labeling on the bottle for information or the company’s website.

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Terms to know

Carrier oil

Some essential oils require a carrier oil when applied to the skin for dilution in order to avoid evaporation or irritation of the skin.

Fractionated Coconut oil *

  • Feather-light emollient provides a soothing barrier without clogging pores.
  • Ideal for combining with essential oils before applying topically to the skin.
  • Completely soluble with all essential oils; odorless, colorless, and non-staining.

Other carrier oils include:

  • Grapeseed oil
  • Sweet almond oil*
  • V-6*
  • Jojoba oil
  • Olive oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Shea butter

*These oils contain nuts and should not be used if you have a nut allergy.

Which essential oils are best for fibromyalgia symptoms?

I will talk about various daily symptoms that I experience, and I will tell you how I ease those discomforts with various products. There are numerous oils to use for different discomforts, but I will only list the ones I have used and how those oils help with that specific symptom. Read about all of them.

My favorite product for all over body support is definitely the Ningxia Red.

Muscle aches, pain, spasm

Ginger: Taken internally, may help to support healthy joint function and delivers antioxidant protection.*

Lemongrass: Topically, used with carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, massage on the affected area.*

Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream relieves pain by using (1) methyl salicylate which is found in Wintergreen and helps alleviate pain in the muscles and joints and (2) natural menthol which is found in peppermint to cool the area down.

Tense muscles

Lemongrass: Topically, used with carrier oil, massage on the affected area.

Wintergreen: Massage into hands, back, and legs for a soothing and warming sensation after exercise.

Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream relieves pain by using (1) methyl salicylate which is found in Wintergreen and helps alleviate pain in the muscles and joints and (2) natural menthol which is found in peppermint to cool the area down.

Poor concentration

Orange allows me to stay alert and motivated to continue with the task I am on as well as keeping my air clean and boosting my immunity. Bonus: it has an amazing light, citrus crisp to the air! Peppermint is good to give a light boost of positivity needed throughout the day. Diffusing it will help you stay alert and focused on the task at hand.

Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream is great for topical relief!

Abdominal discomfort

Digize is a blend of Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli to help with over stomach discomfort. This is a must for our home. We keep a roller bottle of it upstairs, downstairs, and on the go with us.

Ginger

  • May help to support healthy digestion*
  • May help to reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion*
  • May help reduce occasional nausea*

Peppermint

  • Helps reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion.*
  • This one is very soothing and feels cool when you put it on your stomach to help calm the storm in case your DigestZen ran out. I like it because you can feel it sink into your skin and start helping you feel better.  

Low on energy

Peppermint

  • Rub on temples after you wake up for a morning energy boost.
  • Diffuse when feeling fatigued or low on energy.
  • Take one to two beadlets to help alleviate occasional stomach upset.*
  • Helps reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion.*
  • I love putting this one right under my nose and above my lip so I can continually smell it and get the energy I need to keep going throughout my day. Some people may have a sensitivity to the peppermint, so using it with a carrier oil will help with that.
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Other essential oils for fibromyalgia symptoms

Frankincense

I’ve used this once under the tongue. It tastes horrible, but it made a difference in my all over body discomfort.

  • Frankincense promotes healthy joint function.*
  • I have found that using frankincense is worth the horrible taste everyday because it has improved my body as a whole. I am not as achy and I feel that I have more strength and energy to get through each day.

Lavender

This one can be diffused and used in cleaning products. Applied directly to an itchy bite can provide relief, too.

  • Lavender is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities.
  • This essential oil helps to ease feelings of tension.*
  • Lavender promotes feelings of vitality.
  • It can reduce anxious feelings, even when the ability to smell aromas has been lost.
  • I use this one similarly to how I use Cheer. It helps lift some of the stress and anxiousness I feel everyday but it also brings a calmness to my life. This one can be especially helpful if you have a hard time falling asleep. Diffuse this while completing your nightly routine to calm your mind and prep for bed.

Lemon

Lemon is good for various reasons, but my primary use is a drop in my water to drink. I also use it in my homemade cleaning products because it cleanses surfaces.

  • Lemon cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces.
  • It naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion.*
One drop of lemon in a glass of water is a daily morning ritual for me. It helps with cleansing the liver and giving the body all over support.

Orange

Like the lemon, I place a drop of Wild Orange in my water. I interchange with Lemon to give me different flavors. When I’m constipated or my stomach just isn’t digesting properly, I use wild orange in my water. This eases my stomach issues and will ease my constipation. My oldest son places a drop in his water each morning. He likes the taste, and it’s good for him, too. This is also used in my homemade cleaning product.

  • Contains powerful antioxidants.*
  • Add a drop to your water for a burst of flavor and to promote overall health.*
  • During colder temperatures, take one to two drops of Wild Orange in a capsule to support a healthy immune system.*
  • During clean up, use Wild Orange to cleanse and purify counter tops, tables and other surfaces.
  • To improve your home’s scent and to purify the air, place a few drops on your air filter.
  • Powerful cleanser and purifying agent.

Essential oils I diffuse throughout my home

Orange

Orange allows me to stay alert and motivated to continue with the task I am on as well as keeping my air clean and boosting my immunity. Bonus: it has an amazing light, citrus crisp to the air!

Peppermint

Peppermint is good to give a light boost of positivity needed throughout the day. Diffusing it will help you stay alert and focused on the task at hand.

Eucalyptus

This oil has a light, invigorating scent when diffused. It creates a calm atmosphere where you may need it.

This is my favorite facial cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling silky smooth with no greasy residue.

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Brandi

Hi, I’m Brandi, the writer and creator of Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. Aside from my work on Being Fibro Mom, I run a group called Fibro Parenting on Facebook. I've been writing for the Fibromyalgia Magazine since 2016 and recently became the Secretary and Fibro & Families program director for International Support Fibromyalgia Network. Facebook-+-Twitter-+-Instagram

5 thoughts on “Using Essential Oils for Fibromyalgia

  • May 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm
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    I don’t have fibro but this was really helpful. Essential oils are a critical part of managing my moods and pain. I use oils from a variety of sources but I do really like the Deep Blue rub and their Whisper blend for mood management.

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    • May 18, 2017 at 5:45 pm
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      I’m so glad this article was helpful to you! I love the Deep Blue rub especially the smell. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  • July 9, 2017 at 6:13 pm
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    Hi Brandi, I love essential oils and have used them for a long time. You certainly have some great suggestions here. I have recently, sadly, had to stop using them due to chemical insensitivities and other allergies. Many people do not understand they while they are natural the strong aromas can still affect some people adversely. I am currently trying to strengthen my immune system using homeopathy and prebiotics so I can once again enjoy essential oils – my favourites use to be orange and bergamont.

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    • July 10, 2017 at 9:06 am
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      I didn’t realize that essential oils can trigger chemical sensitivities. I can see the aromas causing an issue because I can’t use black pepper for that reason. The smell of it triggers a headache. Thanks for your comment!

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  • November 10, 2018 at 1:45 am
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    Hi Brandi . I have Fibromyalgia I’m always in pain what essential oil can I do for a Roll-on bottle and I’m taking care of my Husband he is really sick . can you please help me

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