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The Therapeutic Effects of Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for beauty and medicinal purposes for centuries. The practice of aromatherapy dates back before 1500BCE. Egyptians used them in cosmetics, wrapping mummies & embalming process. And essential oils such as frankincense and myrrh are mentioned in the Bible. Modern Aromatherapy began in 1910 when a French perfumer and chemist burned his hand in his lab. He immediately stuck his hand in a nearby vat of lavender essential oil, which he mistook for water. When there was no pain, swelling, or blistering after what was expected to be a serious burn, he began to investigate and observe aromatherapy. During WWI, essential oils were used to treat solider’s wounds, and it encouraged others to follow suit.

In order for an essential oil to have a therapeutic effect on the body, the quality of the oil must not be compromised in any way. Many oils are misleading-some are diluted with castor oil or other carrier oils without the consumer knowing. Some are extracted using chemical means which breaks down the essential oil making them less effective. Then the company masks these issues by calling the oils “therapeutic-grade.” When this is done, it is the same as a chemically based skin care line using the words “natural” or “organic” which can legally be done due to non monitoring of personal care products.

Chemistry is involved in determining the therapeutic value of an oil. This is an important fact when using oils to treat fibromyalgia symptoms and other ailments. Notice the following examples:

Eucalyptus Globulus Therapeutic Effects
General: fevers, insect repellent
Muscles and Joints: good for the treatment of muscular aches and pains; rheumatic pains
Respiratory system: may be used for asthma, bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis, throat infections
Viral infections: may be used for the flu, measles, chickenpox, and shingles
Skin: can be used for wounds and skin ulcers

Lavender Angustifolia Therapeutic Effects
Respiratory: good for hay fever, viral bronchitis, ear infections, dry cough, tonsillitis
Digestive system: good for viral enterocolitis
Muscles and joints: rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis
Peripheral nerves: good for neuralgia
Skin: helps acne, eczema, severe burns

Of course, one would need a good aromatherapy guide and/or take a basic course in order to use these oils safely. But, it is worth the effort and you can have fun in the process.


Free Teleseminar!

Hi everyone,

I wanted to remind you of the Blog Talk Radio Show scheduled Thursday, May 6th in honor of Fibromyalgia Awareness Day-May 12th. If you want to learn more about essential oils and how they can help your symptoms, please join us on this free call. The details are below.

Blog Talk Show Reminder: Thursday, 7:30 PM Central/8:30 PM eastern
Topic: Relief Never Smelled So Good
Learn the basics of fibromyalgia and how essential oils can provide relief.

I hope you can listen in!

The Medication Crisis

I don’t care what anyone says: I loved me some Michael Jackson! I can’t believe he’s gone. I really hope that he’s not labeled a drug addict at death.

I remember one of my favorite singers Gerald Levert’s death. His was not a drug overdose, but from a drug interaction. I can’t begin to tell you the times that I felt funny or had to call the pharmacy after noticing that my pills were “different”. In one case, it was the wrong dosage. The physician wrote the prescription for DOUBLE the dose! After taking it as prescribed on the bottle, I noticed my heart was racing. So I called the pharmacy and we went over the medication. They had filled it exactly how it was written. They suggested that I call the doctor. When I did, that’s when it was discovered that the dosage was doubled. Needless, to say that was my last visit. The second occasion was when the pharmacy claimed that the prescription that I had a reaction to was correct, but in a smaller dosage than usual. To this day, I believe that it was the wrong medicine altogether. Too bad I didn’t think to keep a pill or two.

Whatever the case with Michael Jackson, either verdict will still make it difficult on those of us with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain. It’s rumored that he was taking a “cocktail” of 7 different medications. I guess when a person with fibromyalgia dies, people will say the same about us.

We did it!

Looks like we did it! The “murky ailment” guy’s article can’t be found. The links that I had do not work any longer. So, I guess we forced the untruth off of the net.

Way to go Fibroites!!!


Invisible Week Conference continues…

Wednesday’s Line Up
The Civil Rights of Patients with Invisible Chronic Illnesses – Jennifer Jaff

Overcoming Self-defeating Behaviors – Jennifer Prokopy

What You Need to Know About Applying for Disability – Scott Davis, Attorney at Law

Support Groups: The Changes and Challenges They Will Bring to Your Life – Christina J. Werdebaugh

Thursday’s Line Up
The Overwhelmed Woman’s (and Men’s) Guide to Caring for Aging Parents – Julie Allyson Lerone

College with Chronic Illness: How to Get Help and Respect from Adminstrators and Faculty – Lynn Royster

After the Diagnosis: The Journey Beyond- Trish Robichaud and Jeff Cadwell

Visit here for archived and current seminars.

Tuesday’s Invisible Week Line Up

The conferences for Tuesday on Blog Talk Radio:

Assess Yourself: Find the Job You Desire and Can Do Despite Illness Limitations- Rosalind Joffe

Medications, Illness, Fertility and the Desire for Motherhood- Jennifer Saake
How You Can Help Those Who Help You – Jo Franz

Healthy Boundaries with a Chronic Illness- Shelley Echtle

Pretty great topics!



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