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Aromatherapy & Chronic Fatigue

by Penny Price January 19, 2021 2 min read

Aromatherapy & Chronic Fatigue

Definitions 

What is chronic fatigue?

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) causes persistent fatigue (exhaustion) that affects everyday life and doesn't go away with sleep or rest.
  • CFS is also known as ME, which stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis or SEID (systemic exertion intolerance disease)
  • It's not known exactly what causes CFS.
  • It's estimated around 250,000 people in the UK have CFS.

Symptoms

  • Muscular pain, joint pain & severe headaches
  • Poor short-term memory/concentration, & difficulty organising thoughts or finding the right words ("brain fog")
  • Sleeping problems, such as insomnia and feeling that sleep isn't refreshing as well as sensitivity or intolerance to light & loud noise
  • Psychological difficulties, such as depression, irritability and panic attacks

The Fatigue

  • The cause can be very different for each person.
  • Sweet basil is a general tonic to the whole body. It is antispasmodic, antiseptic, antiviral, carminative, a nervous system regulator and a decongestant.
  • Martins et al. (1999) reported that basil oil is beneficial for the alleviation of mental fatigue
  • High Linalol content which is an uplifting component.

 Muscular pain & Headaches

  • Sweet Marjoram helps to stimulate circulation and is antispasmodic due to 50% alcohol content.
  • The 40% terpenes also stimulate and give analgesic properties.
  • Marjoram has an impressive effect for the good on many mental and emotional conditions.

Poor Concentration / Clarity

  • Rosemary has been shown to help with concentration.
  • Some scholars now say that using one drop of the essential oil every day on the wrists will help prevent senility.
  • Mojay refers to it as an excellent tonic for the body's yang energy

Sleeping problems

  • Ylang Ylang is incredibly sedative, it is used to control hyper-activity in children and for insomnia, frigidity & stress.
  • Made up of sesquiterpenes which are balancing and calming.

Its renowned for

  • Calming the mind
  • Treating nervous depression
  • Expelling feelings of anger & frustration

Emotions

  • According to Mojay Chamomile provides calming control and easy acceptance.
  • Chamomile oil helps to relieve build up of tension in the solar plexus
  • Has anti inflammatory properties, comforts the soul and is soothing to the spirit

Massage

  • Massage is one of the most recommended types of alternative therapies to treat the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
  • It’s a good option for patients with CFS who are not well enough to exercise because physical manipulations of the skin and muscles help promote good circulation.
  • Teach your clients how to massage their solar plexus points.

Recipes

To ease stress and muscle pain:

  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Petitgrain
  • 2-3 drops Frankincense
  • In 50ml Carrier Oil

To help acceptance, fatigue and emotions:

  • 5 drops Basil
  • 5 Drops Ylang Ylang
  • 2 - 3 drops Chamomile
  • In 50ml Carrier Oil

Dilutions

  • Very low dilutions of essential oil have a very therapeutic effect on the mind. Stress and emotional problems seem to respond to a low dilution.
  • A higher percentage of essential oil in a remedy, is more effective for treating physical problems such as a bruise or sprained ankle.
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