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Dealing With CFS And Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Author: Dominie B.
Date: 06-01-2007
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Testimonial ID: 2161-OR
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Scientific Studies: 8

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I have had fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, immune dysfunction syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis since 1982 ( Over the past 25 years, I've found various ways to manage the sleep disorder, pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness and depression.

Several essential oils help me - most remarkably the Peace & Calming oil blend for fibro fog (brain fog). It's hard to describe to those who don't have this illness, but there are times when my head feels like it is exploding and my brain is on fire. This is accompanied by utterly debilitating fatigue and a bodily misery that is unexplainable and almost unendurable. Cognitive (mental) tasks are hopeless while these symptoms are going on. It is nothing like a normal headache, a migraine, or a sinus headache. Meds won't touch it. Rest doesn't help. It can come out of nowhere and last for days.

The only thing that relieves this state of misery for me is Peace & Calming! I put 4-5 drops in the palm of my hand and lie down (more like collapsing when I am in this debilitated state...) I apply Peace & Calming to my temples and brain stem. I rub the rest into my palms, place them over my nose and inhale deeply several times.

Then I move my hands gently over my face (avoid eyes), shoulders and body, applying the oil like a veil. The horrible sensation in my head and the torturous fatigue is gone in about 10 minutes and I am able to think and function again! It is miraculous! What a blessing!

Peace & Calming also helps my travel fatigue while riding in a car. I have to wear dark sunglasses to keep my brain from becoming overloaded and shutting down from the constantly moving images entering my field of vision.

(CFIDS/ME is characterized by damage to the central nervous system--the brain--which results in dysfunctions and damage to many of the body's vital systems and a loss of normal internal homeostasis.) I put a few drops of Peace & Calming on a cotton ball and place it in the A/C vent in my car. Amazingly, my mental and physical fatigue dissipates.

My only theory as to why Peace & Calming helps is because it affects the limbic portion of the brain through the olfactory (sense of smell) system. Researchers are investigating the possibility that a malfunctioning hypothalamus gland in the brain may be the cause of FMS/CFIDS/ME. There is no known magic bullet for this illness--scientists are not even sure of the cause, although it may be viral.

Strangely, although Peace & Calming restores my mental function and energy when I am depleted, it also helps me relax and calm down when my system is too hyped up. Perhaps this oil restores or balances the function of the regulatory glands in the brain, or maybe fights viruses that are interfering with their function?? I don't know. I am not a doctor!

I have recommended Peace & Calming to others, and some have told me it helps them with insomnia. Most people with FMS/CFIDS/ME suffer from a sleep disorder. Mine is severe, requiring sleep meds for the past 20 years. Peace & Calming helps me calm down for sleep and relax.

There are other oils that help me - the Relieve It oil blend for pain, the Joy oil blend for depression, Lavender for relaxation and skin problems, Peppermint for indigestion etc, but I must say that Peace & Calming is my favorite oil so far and absolutely necessary for my well-being.

P.S. If anyone with FMS/CFIDS/ME has unexplained chest tightness and pressure(like a band going around the lungs and middle of the body) with dry coughing and has found an oil that helps, please let me know.

I have tried all of the respiratory oils and they don't help this condition. Prescription inhalers don't help either. A pulmonologist said my lungs are fine - he thinks my problem is caused by costochondritis (inflammation of the sternum) frequently seen in FMS/CFIDS/ME patients.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: mental — "The present study indicated that lavender aromatherapy as a potential therapeutic modality could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, which, at least in part, is attributable to the improvement of parasympathetic nervous system activity. This study further implies that HRV could evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy using various fragrances to relieve premenstrual symptoms, and ultimately, support the mind and body health of women."Link
3.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
4.Associated topics: indigestion-(dyspepsia) — "Foeniculum vulgare Mill, commonly called fennel, has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is also used as a galactagogue agent for lactating mothers.... Foeniculum vulgare has emerged as a good source of traditional medicine and it provides a noteworthy basis in pharmaceutical biology for the development/formulation of new drugs and future clinical uses."Link
5.Associated topics: indigestion-(dyspepsia) — "Gastroprotective effects of Lemon essential oil: In ethanol model, CL (citrus lemon) and LIM (limonene) [component of Lemon] demonstrated 100% of gastroprotection.... In the indomethacin model, CL and LIM offered effective gastroprotection...."Link
6.Associated topics: general-pain,muscle-pain — "We examined the evidence regarding the effect of herbal medicine on pain in people with non-specific low-back pain (LBP).... Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment."Link
7.Associated topics: chronic-fatigue-syndrome-(CFS),fatigue,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
8.Associated topics: sleep,insomnia-/-sleeplessness,fatigue,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow,headache,fibromyalgia-syndrome-(FMS),indigestion-(dyspepsia) — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link

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