Essential Oils for Fibromyalgia

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are fragrant plant substances with a variety of medicinal properties. They have been used medicinally for centuries, but their use in modern medicine was not widely accepted until the late 1800’s when they were discovered to possess powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Today, there are over 1,000 different essential oils used in aromatherapy worldwide.

Essential oils are classified into three major categories: terpenes, flavonoids, and linalool. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in the oil that give it its characteristic smell. Flavonoids are non-volatile organic molecules that contribute to the aroma of an oil.

Linalool is a colorless or pale yellow liquid with a pungent odor. There are many types of essential oils, but only a few have proven effective in treating various medical conditions. These include:

Citrus (orange, lemon)

Floral (rosemary, lavender)

Geranium (geranium)

Lavender (lavendar)

How do I Use Essential Oils for Fibromyalgia?

The most common way to use essential oils for fibromyalgia is through inhalation. Here are a few ways to do it:

Add several drops of essential oil to a vaporizer or boiling pot of water (make sure the room is well-ventilated)

Inhale directly from the bottle for quick relief

Add a few drops of oils to a cotton ball and placed it inside your pillow case

Another way to use essential oils for fibromyalgia treatment is by applying it directly on the skin in the form of massage.

Massage the oil directly to the desired area. For best results, use slow circular motions

Add a few drops of an essential oil to your bath water for a relaxing experience

You can also place a few drops of an essential oil on a cotton ball and inhale as needed.

What are the Best Essential Oils for Fibromyalgia?

In this modern world of medical science, there is still a shortage in effective treatment and cure for many painful medical conditions. In the case of fibromyalgia, it can cause a lot of discomfort in people’s every day lives. Fortunately, advances in medicine and technology have made essential oils a viable option for treatment. This is because these oils contain anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that help relieve pain. Here are some of the best essential oils for fibromyalgia:

Citrus (orange, lemon)

Linalool is a terpene found in high concentrations in both the rinds of lemons and oranges. The effects of linalool include anti-anxiety, antidepressant, anti-epileptic, and anti-cancer properties. It has been proven effective in relieving pain caused by fibromyalgia.

Lavender (lavendar)

Lavender is one of the most commonly used essential oils for many different medical conditions. It contains a high concentration of linalool, which provides analgesic and sedative effects on the central nervous system. It also improves sleep quality and reduces stress and anxiety.

Rose (Maroc)

Rose is another essential oil that contains a high concentration of linalool. It also has analgesic and sedative effects which can help improve sleep quality as well as reduce and relieve pain caused by fibromyalgia.


One of the most effective essential oils for relieving pain caused by fibromyalgia is geranium oil. Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory has been proven effective in relieving the pain caused by this condition.


Another type of citrus essential oil that can help relieve pain caused by fibromyalgia is lemon oil. This essential oil works in a similar manner to other oils that contain linalool, which are already proven effective in relieving the pain caused by this condition.


Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects millions of people around the world and despite modern medicine and technology, there are still no known cure for it. Fortunately, essential oils are making a name for themselves as an effective treatment and pain reliever for many medical conditions, including fibromyalgia. By using these oils, you can eliminate unnecessary side effects caused by prescription drugs and at the same time save yourself from depleting your life savings.

With the many benefits that these essential oils provide, you will surely have a more fulfilling life. If you are living with the condition, or know someone who is, please share this article with them. Your support and love can make a world of difference to them.

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