ALL ABOUT AROMATHERAPY OILS, HOW TO STORE THEM AND HOW THEY HELP WITH FIBROMYALGIA PAIN…

Aromatherapy oils can be used for a number of illnesses and treatments and the storage of them is an important factor. They are a great oil to use for Fibromyalgia pain.

My love of essential oils goes back about 20+ years. The hospital where I had my first spinal surgeries had a lady that came into the hospital on a weekly basis and gave patients aromatherapy massage if they wished to have it.

She was a quiet small lady whose aura gave a feeling of calm before she even gave you the aromatherapy massage. She would mix the oils at the time you arrived by first finding out what sort of pain you were in. If I go somewhere that sells or uses these oils it takes me straight back to my regular session with my aromatherapist.

Unfortunately, like all of us, she eventually retired and although I still have the odd aromatherapy massage I have yet to have a treatment that reacted in quite the same way.

Sometimes I will use an aromatherapy diffuser scent ring, to fill the room with my favourite oils. Lavender (which also reminds me of my Grandma as she always wore it) mixed with rosemary oil is top of my list.

When I first went to my NHS Pain Clinic some years ago they offered amongst other alternative therapies massage treatment. I was keen to get booked into this in the hope it would be as good as my aromatherapist treatment. The massage was good but without the oils, it just didn’t have the same effect on me. I would previously come home feeling completely relaxed and would sleep so well on the day of my treatment.

Storing your oils is important for their lifespan. Try to store your oils in a dark amber glass bottle, this will store it better. If they are stored in a clear or plastic bottle they will deteriorate in about 8 weeks.

Always store away from direct sunlight, in a cool and dark place is best. If stored correctly they could last up to one year.

To make your oils go further, add five to 10% of wheat-germ oil, as it helps to preserve the mixture.

Before you massage ALWAYS do a patch test first to check you are not allergic to it.

Always wash your hands when you have finished the massage.

A blend of natural oils which have been drawn from five different countries is being used as a pain treatment for Fibromyalgia.

Called 024 Fibromyalgia, it has been developed by Swiss Medica in Canada and is available in a bottle or as a wipe.

It is made up of camphor oil (Japan), eucalyptus oil (Australia) aloe vera oil (Mexico) peppermint oil (India) rosemary oil (Spain) lemon oil (USA) and orange oil (USA).

It was launched in the USA in January 2006 and is one of the first products that was developed specifically for the pain of Fibromyalgia. It’s all clinically tested and from natural products.

Many Fibromyalgia forums have written comments on this oil with some having great results and others no so great, but that can be the same with drugs or treatments as it seems pains affect people differently.

Written by the experts, Neals Yard Remedies: Essential Oils book will bring the rejuvenating aromatherapy benefits into your life.

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