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Fibromyalgia Success With Nutmeg And Peppermint


Author: Becky G.
Date: 05-09-2009
Views: 8,347
Word Count: 219
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 3531-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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I have had fibromyalgia for 10 years. When I get really bad flare-ups, the pain is so bad I can hardly move, and it is like having a terrible headache all over my body (plus actually having a terrible headache too, that is part of it).

I purchased some high quality essential oils to help with the muscle spasms, and I have found that it works beautifully for local topical application if there is a spasm that will not release with anything else (including massage). You just put a drop or two neat on the knot or spasm and rub it on, in most cases the knot releases within minutes.

I have also used it internally when I am hurting all over, as topical application under those circumstances would be impractical. If the flare-up is really bad, I use 3 or 4 drops of Nutmeg in a veggie capsule, and I use a similar amount of Peppermint in a separate capsule.

I have tried putting them in the same capsule, but for some reason, do not get the relief when I do. So the trick is to have them in separate capsules.

I have tried all kinds of remedies including stretching, moist heat packs, theracane etc., and when these all fail on the bad days, the Nutmeg and Peppermint oils can work wonders.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: 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
2.Associated topics: headache,fibromyalgia-(FMS) — "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
3.Associated topics: headache — "Peppermint and its active ingredient menthol have long been used for the treatment of various pain conditions including headache.... Menthol solution can be an efficacious, safe and tolerable therapeutic option for the abortive treatment of migraine."Link
4.Associated topics: muscle-spasm — "Peppermint oil is harmless and acts locally to inhibit GI [gastrointestinal] smooth muscle contraction.... Peppermint oil solution administered intraluminally can be used as an antispasmodic agent with superior efficacy and fewer side effects than hyoscine-N-butylbromide...."Link
5.Associated topics: muscle-spasm,headache — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
6.Associated topics: headache — "We report on a patient whose severe post-ECT headaches responded completely to methyl salicylate [wintergreen] ointment, applied to the area of his temporalis and masseter muscles. Topical methyl salicylate is generally well tolerated and may be a viable option for some patients with post-ECT headache."Link
7.Associated topics: headache — "The result for the primary end point was validated by the amelioration of the following secondary end points: headache on bending, frontal headache, sensitivity of pressure points of trigeminal nerve, impairment of general condition, nasal obstruction, and rhinological secretion.... In patients with acute nonpurulent rhinosinusitis, timely treatment with cineole [a.k.a. eucalyptol... found in eucalyptus, camphor laurel, laurus nobilis, tea tree, mugwort, basil, wormwood, rosemary, sage, and cannabis] is effective and safe before antibiotics are indicated."Link
8.Associated topics: headache — "This controlled study showed for the first time that a 10% peppermint oil in ethanol solution efficiently alleviates tension-type headache. Peppermint oil thus proves to be a well-tolerated and cost-effective alternative to usual therapies."Link

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