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A Beginner’s Guide To Using Essential Oils For Your Pain And Fatigue

20457233 - dropper over essential oil bottleIt seems like essential oils are a very popular form of healing and wellness these days. While we are not proponents of any particular brand or company of essential oils, we did want to suggest that it may be worth looking into using them for your own personal health if you haven’t so far. Some essential oils may be able to help with the pain & fatigue you have because of your autoimmune disease. But let’s be clear – we’re not saying essential oils should be used as a means to cure you of your pain & fatigue. Instead, we simply want to let you know that some essential oils may be able to help you with the symptoms and make your life a little bit easier.

The problem with using essential oils is that it can be a little intimidating to begin using them. There are so many essential oils out there, as well as products that seem to be necessary to have if you’re going to use essential oils. Where should you even begin? When you’re dealing with pain & fatigue, you likely don’t want to spend a lot of time researching all the ways essential oils could benefit you. So we’re here to help you get started and hopefully make essential oils a little bit less intimidating.

So here’s what you need to know to begin using essential oils to help ease your pain & suffering:

First, you need to know what each essential oil is used for so you can decide which kinds are right for your situation.

We won’t discuss all of the essential oils on the market here. Instead, we’ll just focus on the ones that may be useful to those of us dealing with pain & fatigue on a regular basis.

  • Lavender: You can add a few drops of Lavender oil to your bath to reduce stress, ease pain and promote sleep. Lavender is most known for aiding in sleep, which is fantastic for those of us who are in a lot of pain and find it hard to relax and sleep at night.
  • Peppermint:This can be a great essential oil to ease headaches, as well as induce stress relief.
  • Eucalyptus: This essential oil can be used as a topical treatment for inflammation. You can massage it onto parts of your body that in pain. Eucalyptus oil is also a great one to add to a bath and inhale for relaxation and pain relief.
  • Clary Sage: Clary sage is often used in massage oils to help with muscle pains and cramps.
  • Juniper: Juniper can also be added to lotions or massage oils to help ease muscle pains.

What kinds of ways can you use essential oils for pain & fatigue?

As we’ve already discussed, there are several ways to use essential oils to help you relieve your body’s pain & fatigue. Keep in mind that if you ever have any questions about which essential oils are okay to use on your skin, in a bath, or orally, be sure to consult your doctor.

  • Use essential oils topically: Essential oils can be used in massage oils or lotions to rub into the parts of your body that are in pain. You can sometimes even rub the oil directly onto your skin, such as your temples or the part of body that is in pain, to get a full effect.
  • Add a few drops to your bath: We previously mentioned that some essential oils are great in a bath. The warm water can help release the aromas into the air. Baths are already a great way to help ease your pain and help you relax. Adding a few essential oils can only help make your bath even more helpful.
  • Invest in a diffuser: The great thing about diffusers are that you can add just a couple of drops of essential oils and it will take care of filling your room with the smells. This is a great way to use essential oils if you’re really looking to use them for aromatherapy purposes.

Essential oils can be a fun and easy way to help you deal with your pain & fatigue associated with your autoimmune disease. While they may seem intimidating to use at first, they can actually be a simple way to make your life a little more comfortable. Be sure that whenever you’re looking to use any kind of product for pain & fatigue to be sure to check with your doctor to ensure it is safe and beneficial to your needs. We hope this short guide helps you get started on the process.

 

About the Author
Katie Cleary is founder of AutoimmuneMom.com.  She lives with her autoimmune conditions and her family in Austin, Texas.

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  1. Hi, Katie – great, informative article. Would love to speak with you about featuring your work in a national pain magazine. Please contact me so that I can provide additional information.

    Warmly,
    Shon

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