It’s no secret that people who suffer from chronic illnesses are not strangers to medications and various treatment plans. Personally, I have tried and put my body through a overwhelmingly large number of medications and tests. And don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret that, nor do I believe that medication is not necessary. However, I also believe substituting medications with natural remedies can be beneficial for some people.
I know that there will never be a time in my life where I will be off of all medications 100%. I will always need to use Remicade and receive my IV infusions to control and manage my disease. I will always need to manage the amount of pain I am in on a day to day basis in order to live my very full life to the very best of my ability. But if managing that pain, at least day to day, can come from something other than a narcotic or a pain medication, I’m all ears.
I try to do my best in counteracting the toxins that my body needs to right itself. I realize that Remicade is a nasty drug and that my body will eventually hurt from it in some way. However, for now, my body is being made to behave itself while on this drug. In turn, I’m able to live most days without intense back pain. Nothing is perfect, and there is no such thing as a zero pain day for me, but I will take what i can get.
In saying that, I have heard about the usage of essential oils for a number of different things over the years. I’ve been a little skeptical, but I’ve wanted to try them. 1. They smell amazing, and 2. Who am I to say that the benefits aren’t there?! Thanks to a few of my wonderful yogi and naturalistic-focused friends, I was introduced to essential oils.
Essential oils can be used for a number of different purposes. You can use them medicinally, as cleaning products, beauty products, and food products, and much more. I had heard from a number of the chronic illness chat groups I belong to that essential oils can be very helpful to individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia and/or arthritis. After researching the website, getting recommendations on oils and blends from my friends, and visiting my good friend Google, I learned what oils would be good for me to try out at first.
One thing to remember with essential oils is that they are extremely concentrated. In fact, some oils can actually burn your skin if you’re using them topically. You can buy carrier oils to mix with your essential oils that will allow you to utilize the oils topically, which is how I wanted to use them. I bought fractionated coconut oil (stays liquid at room temperature, and does not alter the scent of the essential oils) to use as a mixture with each essential oil I try.
I still have a lot to learn about essential oils, and I’ve come to find that a great deal of the usage is trial and error. Find what works for you, what ailments you’d like to address, if any, and what you would like essential oils to do for you in your life. So far, I am absolutely loving them and so happy to be adding them into my daily routine and medical treatments. I look forward to being able to experiment and add more variety into the oils I use.
To give you an idea of how I started and how I use the oils I have currently, here is a list of the oil names and what they can be helpful for (at least in my life):
-Lavender: Lavender has been used for its calming abilities for years.
-Peppermint: Peppermint can be used for a number of different things. A common use is for upset stomachs.
-Joint relief: Joint relief oils are a blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, german chamomile, helichrysum, and osmanthus essential oils.
-Calming blend: A blend of lavender, sweet marjoram, ylang ylang, roman chamomile, hawaiian sandalwood, and vanilla bean essential oils.
-Massage blend: massage blend mixes basil, grapefruit, cypress, marjoram, peppermint, and lavender essential oils.
-Grounding blend: A blend of spruce, ho wood, frankincense, and blue tansy essential oils.
-Metabolic blend: Like the lemon essential oil below, I use this one as an addition to my water bottles. It blends grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon essential oils.
-Lemon: Lemon can be used for both medical and cleaning products. I use the lemon essential oils as a addition to my daily water intake.
-Citrus blend: Citrus blends together the essential oils of wild orange, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, clementine, and a hint of vanilla.
If you’re interested in trying essential oils, learning more, and just chatting about them with me, I would love that! Leave a comment or send me a note and we can delve deeper. 🙂