For as long as I can remember, when it came down to taking medicine for headaches and colds, I avoided taking anything. I’ve just never been the type to like taking pills or cough syrups and would rather lie down, rest and drink lots of fluids than put chemicals into my body. Similarly, when it came to managing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, I needed to find something I could do naturally.
I found essential oils. Well actually, they found me. A friend of mine had asked me if I wanted to join a Facebook group for a DoTerra Essential Oils that another friend of hers was putting on. I thought “Sure, why not.” Come to find out, the woman putting on the group also suffers from MS. She introduced many different oils and ways to use them. Although I haven’t used too many yet, I have found a few that have become staples in my life.
Peppermint – This oil has been huge in helping with my headaches and migraines. I have been using just a drop or two, rubbing it behind my ears and usually within five or so minutes I can feel it kicking in. When teaching fitness classes, I also like to diffuse this one during class because it gives you a nice pick me up and helps get focused.
Lavender – Another hugely helpful oil is lavender. On the days where I’m feeling extra tired and my legs hurt a lot, I’ve found that taking a nice, warm relaxing bath with some lavender oil really helps sooth the soreness. I also use lavender when I’m having difficulty sleeping. I will rub a little on the bottom of my feet, and it has helped me fall asleep.
Deep Blue – This one became my best friend. Deep blue is a blended oil, meaning it’s a combination of several oils that all work together. I use this one a lot after a workout. I also tend to get back pains when standing too long in one position, especially when doing the dishes and deep blue helps sooth that discomfort. I also use it when I experience some spasticity. Typically I just drop a couple drops of oil into my hands and rub it on the areas that hurt. The best part – this oil comes in a lotion form as well, which works just as amazing as the oil and can be used in the same ways.
AromaTouch – This one I’ve only used a handful of times, as I was sent this one as a sample and have yet to actually purchase it. That being said, however, I really enjoyed AromaTouch. It’s also a blended type of oil that provides a relaxing effect. I used this on mostly to help with the tension and discomforts I feel in my back. I used it as a massage and bath oil to release the tension.
There are so many others that I’m still learning about and can’t wait to try.
Have you ever used essential oils for MS? What are your favorites?
Vanessa is a 28 year old living in Massachusetts with her husband and 7 year old Puggle, named Rocky. She currently works in an elementary school and as a fitness instructor and health/fitness coach. She was diagnosed in April of 2014 with relapse-remitting MS and is currently taking Tecfidera. She enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, reading, and traveling.