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5 Essential Oils that can help with Fibromyalgia

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5 Essential Oils That Can Help With Fibromyalgia

Our brain can identify up to 10,000 different types of scent. Each scent can produce different responses in our body and activate the production of various hormones and biochemicals which can influence how we feel physically and mentally, or even how we perceive pain. Regular usage of certain essential oils is believed to help to improve fibromyalgia symptoms such as pain, fatigue, stiffness, insomnia and depression.

Here are 5 effective essential oils that can help fibromyalgia…

Helichrysum Essential Oil (Helichrysum italicum)

Helichrysum Essential Oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the plant. It carries a sweet, earthy, green floral aroma. The word helichrysum is named after the golden yellow flowers of the plant, and comes from the Greek words helios meaning sun and chrysos meaning gold. The common name, immortelle, also comes from the flowers, because they are long lasting blossoms that do not wither easily.

This essential oil is helpful in coping with depression, anger and stress related to fibromyalgia. It also relieves muscle pain and helps heal the nerve tissue. Since it is calming, patients can use it to relax, relieve stress and tension and unwind. For best relief, about three drops of this oil should be massaged on the temples and other flex points.

1/8 ounce – $42.00

Clary Sage Essential Oil (Salvia sclarea)

Clary Sage Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaf and flower of the plant. It has a dry, musky, bittersweet floral scent.

The sweet-smelling perfume of this essential oil gives the user great comfort and enhances his mood. So, it is very good for treating depression due to fibromyalgia. It also brings pain relief and stimulates relaxation. To use this essential oil for fibromyalgia relief, about three to five drops of this oil may be added to one teaspoon of jojoba oil or hazelnut oil and apply on the affected parts.

1/2 ounce – $23.00

Chamomile, Roman Essential Oil (Arthemis nobilis or Chamaemelum nobile)

Chamomile Essential Oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the herb. It contains a fresh, rich, sweet, fruity, apple-like aroma.

Sleep difficulties resulting from fibromyalgia are quickly laid to rest when one uses chamomile essential oil. This calming herb promotes deep sleep, reduces anxiety and boosts the immune system because it has inherent properties of relaxation. It induces sleep because it helps to improve Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep.

1/8 ounce – $27.25

Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender Essential Oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the herb. It carries a sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma.

This oil is generally known to improve sleep, thanks to its delicate perfume and hence can greatly benefit fibromyalgia patients. Infuse a cotton ball with three to five drops of lavender oil and place it inside your pillow case. Alternatively, combine about 15 drops of lavender oil to 1/3 cup white vinegar and one cup of water. Pour it into a spray bottle and mist the room with it. It will help the patient sleep better and also improve high blood pressure too.

1/2 ounce – $12.75

Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus globulus)

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the tree. It carries a fresh, penetrating, woody, camphoraceous scent.

Some symptoms of fibromyalgia like soreness, chronic muscle pain and stiffness are linked to poor blood circulation, causing a build-up of toxins in the muscles that lead to pain and inflammation. Eucalyptus oil counters these symptoms as it is anti-inflammatory and can stimulate blood circulation by widening the blood vessels. The patient gets relief from muscular pain and fatigue. To use this oil, combine about four to five drops of it in one cup of hot water. Soak a compress pad in the liquid and apply it to the affected body parts. Repeat the process after the water cools down.

1/2 ounce – $4.00


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Share Your World – 2014 Week 16


Share Your World – 2014 Week 16

How many places have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.
During my lifetime, I have lived in four different cities; all within North East Alabama.

What type of music relaxes you the most?
For relaxation, I prefer Native American or Celtic music.

If you could instantly become fluent in another language, what would that language be and why?
German. Most of my ancestors came from Germany and I would love to visit and do some genealogy there.

If you could fly or breathe under water what would you prefer?
Breathe under water.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I am grateful that we had a Happy Easter with our grandchildren last week.
This week, I’m looking forward to a whole week without doctor’s appointments.

Aromatherapy Tip of the Day – November 5, 2013

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Today’s Aromatherapy Tip of the Day: November 5, 2013 is The Sacred Waters.


Water was used by the early Hebrews for cleansing and purifying. Priests sanctify their hands and feet with water poured from a golden flask before going to the altar or performing actions of spiritual significance. Baptism is a Christian sacrament of spiritual rebirth by which the recipient is cleansed of original sin through the symbolic application of water; by immersion, pouring, or sprinkling.
Bathing has two meanings from a spiritual point of view. It can denote cleansing before taking part in religious observance, or denote a spiritual transformation, as in baptism.
Immersion in water induces a state of relaxation that quite often leads to moments of inspiration, spiritual or otherwise. Water is an incredible substance; it has the ability to replicate and retain in a liquid molecular memory anything it may have only fleetingly been in contact with, and it can be affected by thought forms projected into it.
When creating your own sacred waters, run the warm bathwater, then add the essential oil. Close the bathroom door to ensure the aroma molecules remain in the room. The essential oils are inhaled with the steam and absorbed through the skin by osmosis. Lie in the bathwater for at least ten minutes to allow the entire body benefit from the impact of the precious aroma.
Light some candles and listen to gentle music, if you prefer. Feel the stress leaving your body and the inner core of spirituality expanding.
You can use one essential oil or a blend of two to three essential oils. I, personally, prefer a blend with a Jojoba Carrier Oil because it is very skin conditioning.
Following are some recipes I like for spiritual bathing.

Spiritual Cleansing Recipe I
Blend together:
1/8 cup of Jojoba, or your choice, Carrier Oil
6 drops Neroli Essential Oil
5 drops Petitgrain Essential Oil
4 drops Orange Essential Oil
Swirl gently until the oils are thoroughly mixed together.

I use 10 to 15 drops in my bath. If that seems too much for you, add less drops (7 to 8).

Spiritual Cleansing Recipe II
Blend together:
1/8 cup of Jojoba, or your choice, Carrier Oil
7 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Swirl gently until the oils are thoroughly mixed together.

Check Back Tomorrow for Body Oils.

Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have pertaining to using essential oils as aromatherapy. Please put ‘Aromatherapy’ in the subject line.

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Resource: The Fragrant Heavens by Valerie Ann Worwood

Aromatherapy Tip of the Day – October 15, 2013

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Today’s Aromatherapy Tip of the Day: October 15, 2013 is Giving a Massage.


You do not have to be a professional masseuse to give a massage. It would be nice, but not very affordable. Sometimes, it’s better to have a loving, caring family member or friend to do the massage. You can even give yourself a massage if it is a foot, knee, arm, or other area that you can easily reach while maintaining relaxation.

For the Aromatherapist or other person performing the massage:
Before you start, your hands should be warm and the oil blend at room temperature.
If a massage table is not available, you can perform a massage on the floor or another hard table. Do not use a bed. It is not firm enough.
When performing a full body massage, start at the upper left side of your patient. Gently place your hands onto the center of patient’s back to establish contact.
Pour a little of your prepared oil blend into the cupped palm on one hand, then apply the oil evenly over the surface of your patient’s back and shoulders. Remember to try and mold your hands to the contours of the patient’s body.
Place both hands at the base of your patient’s lower back, in the center, with your fingers pointing towards the patient’s head.
Make a sweeping motion up to the neck, keeping palms flat. Part your hands, move them up in opposite directions, out and over the shoulders. Bring your hands back down to the base of patient’s lower back and repeat the movement 4 to 5 times.
Your next movement starts on either side of the lower back, with your right hand flat and reinforced by your left hand on top. Move in firm clockwise circles up the side to the top of the shoulder, then repeat the movement going back down to the lower back using anti-clockwise circles. Repeat on other side.
Remember to keep your body relaxed and your movements flowing. Be sure to keep at least one hand on patient at all times. Add more of your oil blend as needed.


1. Stimulates Circulation
2. Stimulates the Immune System
3. Eases Tense Muscles and muscular pain
4. Enhances Mental and Physical Relaxation
5. Increases Muscle Flexibility and Adds Tone to Slack Muscles
6. Breaks down fat deposits and Waste Products in the tissues
7. Promotes Relaxation and Restful Sleep
8. Promotes a Feeling of Well-Being and Comfort
9. Creates a Feeling of Being Care for
10. Helps remove Inhibitions

Check Back Tomorrow for General Precautions in Massage.

Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have pertaining to using essential oils as aromatherapy. Please put ‘Aromatherapy’ in the subject line.

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Resource: Aromatherapy Blends & Recipes by Franzesca Watson

Aromatherapy Tip of the Day: September 10, 2013

Today’s Aromatherapy Tip of the Day: September 10, 2013 is Essential Oils for Spiritual Practice
Root Chakra I
Used in our own healing and spiritual practices, essential oils can help create a serene atmosphere in a sacred space and focus the mind.

1. Concentration and Mindfulness:
Frankincense Essential Oil
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Rosewood Essential Oil

2. Relaxation:
Myrrh Essential Oil
Sandalwood Essential Oil

Balancing the Chakra’s addresses issues of a Healing, Physiological, and/or Psychological Nature. Choose the Chakra that corresponds to your mental health, physical ailment, and/or spiritual challenges.

*Remember, you can add up to three essential oils to a blend.*

1. The Root Chakra relates to the bottom of the spine, the legs, and survival.
Myrrh Essential Oil, Spikenard Essential Oil, and Vetiver Essential Oil

2. The Sacral Chakra relates to creativity, the lower back, the reproductive system, and sexuality.
Jasmine Essential Oil, Rose Essential Oil, and Sandalwood Essential Oil

3. The Solar Plexus Chakra relates to identity, the digestive system, and will.
Juniper Essential Oil, Vetiver Essential Oil

4. The Heart Chakra relates to breathing, Circulation, and Compassion.
Rose Essential Oil, Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil

5. The Throat Chakra relates to communication and personal expression.
German Chamomile Essential Oil

6. The Third Eye Chakra relates to higher consciousness, the senses, and the spinal cord.
Basil Essential Oil, Helichrysum Essential Oil

7. The Crown Chakra relates to brain and hormone function and to our capacity for enlightenment.
Frankincense Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Myrrh Essential Oil, Rosewood Essential Oil, and Sandalwood Essential Oil

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Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have pertaining to using essential oils as aromatherapy. Please put ‘Aromatherapy’ in the subject line.

The Essential Oils Deck: Simple Blends for Health and Beauty
by Hope Gillerman and Joan Arnold

Share Your World – Week 22

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What was the last URL that you bookmarked?
Just this morning I bookmarked so that I could go back and review the page at my leisure.

For relaxation, would you rather meditate, swim, walk, listen to music, write, read, yoga, qigong, or other?
I love all these things, but my favorite for relaxation is yoga then meditation.

You’re given $500,000 dollars, what do you spend it on?
First I would take care of all my grandchildren’s needs, then my daughters. Next I would hire a house cleaner/sitter for my mama. Then I would hire a house cleaner and a gardener for my home, since I’m no longer able to care for them as well as I wish.

Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing?
I loved to swing as a child and still enjoy it today.

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I Have Been Tagged!

Charming South has been the first one to catch me in this game of Tag! Congratulations to you Charming South! Go give her charming blog a visit at:
You will find some very nice pages and good writing; and yes, I’m a bit biased being from the South myself. 🙂
The rules are:
1.Post these rules.
2.Post a photo of yourself (if you want to) and/or eleven random facts about yourself.
3.Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.
4.Create eleven new questions and tag new people to answer them.
5.Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged.

I don’t have a recent photo of me, so I guess I’ll post 11 random facts about myself. I think I’ve already told you all my secrets, but I will try to think of 11 more. In case you missed past facts about me, you can catch up at:

1. I feel older than I am.
2. I’m a little bit anal retentive.
3. I’m a little bit OCD.
4. I love the Sunshine.
5. I love Spring.
6. I am dedicated to Family.
7. I love coffee with a bit of cream.
8. I’m going with my daughter to the Dr. on Friday, to hopefully find out the sex of Grandbaby #6.
9. I love big Family Reunions.
10. I love music.
11. I love to blog!

Questions from Charming South:

Russett or sweet potato? Sweet Potato

If you could be any animal what would it be? Mama Bear

What is your favorite color? Blue

Sneakers or stilettos? Preferably flip-flops. Sneakers would come in 2nd.

Up until right now, have you ever played blog games? Several

Biggest pet peave? Ignorance

What is your favorite holiday and why? Thanksgiving. I love the food, family, relaxation, football, and thankfulness.

Are you a neat freak? No

Do you believe in magic? Yes

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go? I would like to visit Germany since so many of my ancestors came from there.

Have you ever seen the sun rise from being up late not awaking early? It’s been a long time. (Good Question) 🙂

Now, I get to see who I can tag…

Now, my 11 questions for you:

1. Do you have a tattoo? If so, where and what?

2. What prompted you to start a blog?

3. What is your worst habit?

4. What is your biggest ‘pet peeve’?

5. Have you ever seen the sun rise from being up late not awaking early?

6. Do you prefer rain or sunshine?

7. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

8. What is your best quality?

9. Are you interested in your Genealogy?

10. What is your favorite time of day?

11. What is your favorite month of the year?

Thanks for playing!

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