Homemade Cream Relieved My Complex Symptoms
Author: Peggy P.
Word Count: 473
Questions Received: 22
Testimonial ID: 9587-OR
Scientific Studies: 14
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I have suffered with fibromyalgia for a while now. It started after I injured my knee at work. As I struggled with the healing of my knee, I began to notice that my ankles and wrist began to burn and swell at times. Of course those who suffer with "fibro" know that this ailment is always on both sides, not just one side.
I went to a rheumatologist and was put on Lyrica. My body tolerated this medicine quite well with no noticeable side effects. My life rocked on for another 2 to 3 years with few changes (outside of the flareups that I suffered with most weather changes).
A new symptom that I did notice was the tingling and numbness that I felt in my arms during sleep, while putting on mascara, when drying my hair, etc. So I decided to change doctors. My new doctor is not afraid of trying nutrients to assist in dealing with ailments, so he put me on D-ribose. It helps to increase the oxygenation in the blood cells.
As I began D-ribose, I felt better. The pain seemed to not be as severe, so I began to take my Lyrica only as needed. As my body began to get used to this change, my symptoms began to make themselves known again. By this time, insurance had me change to gabapentin.
At about this time I was introduced to Young Living essential oils. The unpleasant symptoms of fibromyalgia was one of the issues I wanted to address with the oils. As I began to learn about the oils, I came across the pain cream recipe containing coconut oil, Valor and PanAway essential oil blends, and Peppermint and copiaba essential oils. I decided to make this to try on my ankles, wrists, shoulders, and anywhere I felt pain.
The first night I used this cream I noticed that my discomfort was almost nonexistent! I started putting this cream on every morning when I got dressed and every night before getting into bed. Sometimes I would put it on right after my bath while my body was still warm, targeting my shoulders and lower neck.
I no longer wake up with numbness and pain in my shoulders. I am happy with the results, and I have very little pain when I use this cream. It has been amazing! I even have my husband using this cream on his knees.
Due to this success, I have moved on to other things but continue to learn about essential oils for pain. I have cut my gabapentin to 1 capsule a day, and I no longer take D-ribose because I chose to change to Young Living's Longevity. I can't wait to see what my bloodwork says at my next doctor visit!
Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: bowel, concentration, cramps, fibro, fibromialgia, fibromyalsia, fog, memory, sleepless, tenderness, urinary.
|Supporting Scientific Studies|
|1.||RAU [recurrent aphthous ulceration] patients treated with [topical] lavender oil showed a significant reduction in inflammation level, ulcer size, healing time (from 2-4 days [2 days (40%), 3 days (50%), 4 days (10%)]), and pain relief mostly from the first dose, compared to baseline and placebo.||Link|
|2.||"[A] pulverized mixture of four herbs including Agrimonia Eupatoria (A), Nelumbo Nucifera Gaertn (N), Boswellia Carteri (B) [Frankincense], and Pollen Typhae Angustifoliae (P)... was first described in Chinese canonical medicine about 2000 years ago for treatment of various trauma disorders, such as hemostasis [bleeding], anti-inflammatory, analgesia [pain], and wound healing, etc.... [W]e showed that local ANBP treatment not only significantly enhanced wound healing by relieving inflammation, increasing formation of granulation tissue, and accelerating re-epithelialization, but [it] also reduced scar formation by decreasing collagen production [and] protuberant height and volume of scars and [by] increasing collagen maturity.... [Results show that ANBP] promot[es] wound healing and alleviat[es] scar formation, which may be an effective therapy for human wounds at the earliest stage."||Link|
|3.||"Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."||Link|
|4.||"[One] method employed for wound healing is the application of lavender oil. Due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, it is thought to prevent wound infections and to play a role in reducing pain by lowering inflammation.... Lavender oil is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, and/or antidepressant effects.... In addition to its antimicrobial effects, the anti-inflammatory analgesic properties of lavender oil have also been emphasized... The use of L. Angustifolia [lavender] is particularly recommended in chronically infected wounds due to its immune-stimulating and antimicrobial effects. There are also reports that lavender oil reduces scar tissue."||Link|
|5.||"Burn Healing Potential of Nigella sativa seed oil in rats.... Nigella sativa L. (Black cumin) has shown a broad spectrum of pharmacological effects like antipyretic [fever reducing], analgesic [pain reducing], anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.... The present study suggests the burn wound healing action of seeds may be due to anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of major compounds in the oil."||Link|
|6.||"Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."||Link|
|7.||"In traditional folk medicine, tarragon [Artemisia dracunculus L. (Asteraceae)] has been used for treatment of pain and gastrointestinal disturbances.... This study reported the peripheral and central antinociceptive activity of the EOAD [essential oil of A. dracunculus] and rationalized the traditional use of the plant in the treatment of different painful conditions."||Link|
|8.||"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|
|9.||"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|
|10.||"[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."||Link|
|11.||"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|
|12.||"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|
|13.||"Ameliorative effects of Ocimum sanctum [holy basil] in sciatic nerve transection-induced neuropathy...."||Link|
|14.||"The patient was successfully treated with topical peppermint oil [for postherpetic neuralgia, a complication of shingles].... The authors believe this is the first evidence of peppermint oil (or menthol) having a strong analgesic effect on neuropathic pain."||Link|
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