Essential Oils for MS - What are they?

Are there essential oils for MS? Oils that are beneficial in alleviating the symptoms you have. Oils that will help you focus or feel better mentally. Oils that may help you deal with some of the pain. You can massage them in or diffuse them. So what are they? And do they actually work?



Essential oils for MS

There are so many oils out there, so how do you know which essential oils to use for MS. The best way is to start with oils that others have found beneficial. One "recipe" that Cir has been using is one that a visitor added to our site. You can read about it here.

The five essential oils for MS and the proportions of each that the visitor used were the following:

  • 2 drops Basil Oil
  • 2 drops Rosemary Oil
  • 2 drops Peppermint Oil
  • 2 drops Helichrysm Oil
  • 2 drops Wintergreen Oil
  • 10 drops Evening Primrose Oil (or other carrier oil)

We mixed these together in a roller bottle. another visitor said they should be used one at a time, massaging each into the head or back, depending on where you experience symptoms.

Basil

One of the first essential oils for MS is basil. Along with being an herb used in cooking, it also has soothing and calming properties.

Benefits:

  • sooth sore muscles and joints
  • cooling agent for the skin
  • assist with clear breathing

Also helps to:

  • promote mental alertness
  • sharpen mental focus
  • enhance memory function
  • reduce stress, tension, and anxiety

How to use:

  • Diffusion - use 2-4 drops in your favorite diffuser 
  • Internally - dilute one drop in 4 fl oz of liquid. Mix with marjoram and thyme and rub on pot roast. Add along with oregano, marjoram, and thyme in spaghetti sauce.
  • Topically - apply one or two drops diluted with a carrier oil to effected area. Carrier oil will help reduce skin sensitivity.

Cautions:

  • Possible skin irritation
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • If pregnant or nursing, or under a doctors care, consult your physician before using
  • Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and other sensitive areas.

Rosemary

Rosemary, like basil, is used in cooking. It has other beneficial uses as well. It is an aromatic, evergreen shrub.

Benefits:

  • support healthy digestion
  • soothe sore muscles and joints
  • reduce nervous tension and fatigue

How to use:

  • Diffusion - Use 2-4 drops in your favorite duffuser
  • Topically - Use 1-2 drops (diluted with a carrier oil) rub on bottoms of feet or on stomach to help with digestion
  • Internally - Dilute one drop in 4 fl oz of liquid

Cautions:

  • Possible skin irritation
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • If pregnant or nursing, or under a doctors care, consult your physician before using
  • Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and other sensitive areas.


Peppermint

As you can imagine, peppermint has been around for thousands of years. It's very popular and is used in cosmetics, chewing gum, candies, toothpaste and other oral health products.

Benefits:

  • promote healthy respiratory function
  • promote clear breathing
  • alleviate stomach upset
  • useful for oral health

Ways to use:

  • make a mouth rinse by adding a drop along with lemon in water
  • add a drop in your chocolate shake, hot chocolate, or tea

How to use:

  • Diffusion - use 2-4 drops in your favorite diffuser
  • Internally - dilute one drop in 4 fl oz of liquid
  • Topically - dilute 2 drops with carrier oil and apply to desired area

Cautions:

  • Possible skin irritation
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • If pregnant or nursing, or under a doctors care, consult your physician before using
  • Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and other sensitive areas.

Helichrysum

A precious and sought after essential oil, helichrysum has many uses and benefits. The name is derived from the Greek "helios" meaning sun and "chrysos" meaning gold, which refers to the color of the plants flowers. 

Benefits:

  • helps skin regenerate quickly
  • reduces appearance of wrinkles and other blemishes
  • promotes a glowing, youthful complexion
  • promotes healthy liver function
  • detoxifies the body
  • supports localized blood flow
  • promotes good circulation
  • relieves tension

Ways to use:

  • apply directly to wrinkles and blemishes
  • take internally as part of a natural cleansing and liver detoxifying regimen
  • massage into temples and back of neck to reduce tension
  • apply to areas to promote healthy circulation

How to use:

  • Diffusion - add 2-4 drops in your favorite diffuser
  • Internally - dilute one drop in 4 fl oz of liquid
  • Topically - 2-3 drops may be diluted with a carrier oil and applied topically

Cautions:

  • Possible skin irritation
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • If pregnant or nursing, or under a doctors care, consult your physician before using
  • Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and other sensitive areas.

Wintergreen

If you like gum or mints, you've probably bought cool, minty wintergreen flavored ones before. I like this flavor as well. Aside from being an awesome flavor, it also has several benefits and uses when it comes to health.

Benefits:

  • soothes achy muscles and joints
  • promotes healthy respiratory function
  • promotes clarity, awareness,
  • promotes concentration

Ways to use:

  • warming effect when used to massage into achy muscles
  • add 1-2 drops to bath gel or salts then add to a warm bath

How to use:

  • Diffusion - use 2-4 drops in your favorite diffuser
  • Internally - Not Recommended
  • Topically - dilute 1-2 drops with a carrier oil and apply to affected area

Cautions:

  • Possible skin irritation
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • If pregnant or nursing, or under a doctors care, consult your physician before using
  • Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and other sensitive areas.

More info about essential oils for MS

the above recipe for MS is only a small list of the oils useful for multiple sclerosis. Here are a couple websites which list more essential oils that are useful for treating the many symptoms you might experience.

Organic Lifestyle Magazine - Essential Oils

Multiple Sclerosis News Today - Essential Oils



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