5 favourite natural things for Fibromyalgia relief part 1


I am all for conventional medicine but I firmly believe as a Holistic Therapist that you see the best results for Fibromyalgia when you combine conventional medicine with complementary therapies, natural practices, alternative therapies so I have compiled a list of my five favourite natural things for Fibromyalgia relief.

Although I am an ex Nurse and a qualified Holistic Therapist I am not your trained health professional that understands your full medical history so please always remember I write simply as a lady with fibromyalgia, a patient just like you sharing her story in the hope that someone may gain some strength and feel less alone. 

1. Aromatherapy Oil

There are so many wonderful therapeutic benefits to using aromatherapy oils and many oils go beyond simple pain relief. When you have Fibromyalgia you may also have anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia. Aromatherapy oils can bring out a sense of peace, calm and tranquillity that are essential to a happy existence with fibro.

As a fully qualified aromatherapist, I can assure you that they really do work for our needs. You can either dilute them with a carrier oil and massage into your body or use in an oil burner for inhalation.

Here are some of my favourites:

Lemongrass essential oil helps to improve blood circulation and can, therefore, relieve muscle spasms and backaches.
Lavender oil. Lavender is prized for its ability to calm and relax. It also relieves pain and inflammation.
Ginger oil. Ginger has a warming effect on sore muscles, which helps relieve pain.
Black pepper oil. Black pepper alleviates pain by warming up your body.
Eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus has a cooling effect on muscles and reduces pain and inflammation 
Roman and German chamomile oils. Chamomile oils can alleviate pain and inflammation. They also help soothe muscle tension and reduce spasms.
Rosemary oil. Rosemary is noted for its ability to ease pain and inflammation.

My ultimate favourite synergistic blend of oils is Geranium or Rose Otto & Ylang Ylang & Lemon Grass.


2. Protein

Protein is essential when you have a chronic fatigue related illness. A breakfast rich in protein can offer the perfect start to the day. It is the best food group to fuel you for the day ahead balancing your energy levels, counting your spoons.

Protein is a building block of cells throughout the body. It is essential for healthy muscles, cartilage and blood and also healthy skin and nails. Protein helps to repair and build bodily tissues and is used to produce hormones and enzymes.

Protein contains amino acids, which make up the chemicals your brain needs to regulate your thoughts and feelings. It also helps control your blood sugar levels. Try simple bland meals and have some protein-rich meal replacement shakes.


3. CBD

CBD is the abbreviation of cannabidiol, this is a cannabis compound with healing properties. Most people have heard of a chemical called Tetrahydrocannabinol THC which is the principal psychoactive constituent eg is the ingredient that gets people high. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. These pathways, called CB1 receptors, are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC. Although CBD and THC act on different pathways of the body, they seem to have many of the same medical benefits.


Is CBD legal? 

Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high so it is now completely legal in many places. 

I am based in England and CBD is not covered by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 or the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 but please check your country and/or state law accordingly. 
CBD oil helps ease pain, calms an overactive nervous system, supports immune system functions, and brings on a sense of relaxation and calm so aiding o sleep in many people. 

I use CBD oil taken orally {read: How to administer CBD oil} CBD slow release patches, CBD lotion. They are all amazing and work great for me.  


4. Tiger Balm

I specifically love Tiger Balm Red. Tiger Balm Red has an aromatic formula which helps soothe sore and aching muscles. You just rub it onto your skin and it works instantly. 

It contains: 
  • 11.0% Natural Camphor
  • 10.0% Menthol
  •  5.0% Clove Oil
  •  7.0% Cajuput Oil
  • Also contains Cinnamon Oil, Dementholised Mint Oil, Yellow Soft Paraffin and Hard Paraffin.




5. Selenium 

This supplement is said to significantly improve fatigue levels and noticeably reduces brain fog. New research has shown that selenium can help to improve Fibromyalgia. This is not surprising because this mineral is very important for the immune system, and fibromyalgia happens when there’s a problem with the immune system. Along with immune dysfunction, leaky gut, nutrient deficiencies, stress and hormone imbalances can also contribute to fibromyalgia.


Selenium is necessary for the production of selenoproteins, which are antioxidant enzymes that help to fight cellular damage caused by free radicals. A study published in the journal, “Rheumatology International” showed that increased levels of free radicals may be responsible for the development of fibromyalgia. Another study, published in the journal, “Toxicology Letters,” found significantly lower levels of selenium in people with fibromyalgia, compared to healthy individuals.

Selenium benefits the immune system in SO many ways. It is absolutely essential that we get enough selenium in order to deal with the day to day onslaught of pathogens that come into our environment on a daily basis. Yet most of us do not -and it not ONLY leaves us vulnerable to viral infections like influenza. But, a little-known function of selenium is that it also protects us from the VIRAL MUTATIONS that make viral infections like the flu change- making the virus MORE DEADLY than it would be in the face of proper selenium levels!

Being a woman with Fibromyalgia myself I only listed five things for this blog but really I could write a book on this subject so I have titled this part 1. I often underestimate my knowledge on this subject until I start to type so don't want to overload you with tips. Look out for part 2 as I have really enjoyed writing this.

As always what I know works I will share with you.

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Love and gentle hugs

Ness xx


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