Essential Oils: Lupus

Essential Oils: Lupus
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Aromatherapy offers Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Have you considered using essential oils to help with lupus symptoms? More widely known as aromatherapy, essential oils have been around for centuries. We’ve discovered some ways they might help ease lupus.

 

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Like herbs and minerals, the FDA does not regulate essentials oils. Most medical doctors don’t consider them a valid treatment for what ails you, but those who use them are believers. If you have allergies or anaphylaxis you’ll probably want to avoid most essential oils, so check with your doctor first. By and large, they’re worth a try. Many essential oils may offer anti-inflammatory benefits.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, for MS patients: “Essential oils (aromatherapy) may give symptomatic relief with sleep, relaxation, joint mobility, and an improved sense of well-being.”

Below is a list of essential oils that might help to ease symptoms of various conditions.

Massage Today suggests these uses of essential oils:

For Pain:  Spike lavender, sweet marjoram, lavender, petitgrain, Roman and German chamomile, clary sage, lemongrass, helichrysum, peppermint, ginger, black pepper.

For Stress:  Rose otto, frankincense, clary sage, sweet orange, bergamot, grapefruit, ylang ylang, sandalwood, neroli, sweet marjoram, petitgrain, mandarin, lavender, rose geranium, tangerine, jasmine.

For Sleep:  Lavender, neroli, jasmine, marjoram, Roman chamomile.

For Sense of Well-Being:  Frankincense, lavender, rose, mandarin, neroli, helichrysum.

For Headaches:  Lavender, peppermint, marjoram, Roman chamomile.

For Circulation:  Rosemary, ginger, black pepper, peppermint, lemongrass, rose geranium.

Early research shows more possible benefits for essential oils in these areas: 

For Antioxidant Properties:  Lavender.

For Anticancer Properties: Lemongrass, thyme.

For Anti-inflammatory Properties: Myrrh, frankincense.

For Nausea: Peppermint, spearmint.

For  Hormone Regulation: Thyme, coconut.

For Brain Function and Nerve: Coconut.

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3 comments

  1. Joanne says:

    I’m under the impression that a lot of essential oils, like thyme and eucalyptus can stimulate the immune system and therefore should not be used by people who have Lupus?

  2. Skyla says:

    I was surprised to see frankincense on the list. I’ve personally experienced a flare-up after rubbing that essential oil on my wrist.

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