I’m one of the unlucky 8 percent of adults living with widespread body pain. It developed more than a decade ago. A mild backache that came and went settled in.
The pain then traveled down my right leg and popped up randomly, in other parts of my body. My left knee became sore. Sometimes my shoulder would hurt. Oftentimes, when the pain flared up, my wrists would ache.
At the time, I was raising my children. Or, at least I was trying to. Housework was out of the question. Cooking dinners fell upon the shoulders of my 12-year-old daughter. (She did a great job. To this day, she’s an excellent cook.)
Ironically, when all of this happened, I knew a lot about natural healing. However, I was reluctant to make the lifestyle changes I needed to get better. Removing a few things from my diet – wheat, milk, GMOs, trans fats and sugar – has made a world of difference.
My level of pain is now minimal. What little is left is easily managed with essential oils. Myrrh essential oil is one of the aromatics I’ve used, to bring my inflammation under control naturally, without drugs.
Myrrh and Fibromyalgia
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I’ve used myrrh essential oil alone on my painful areas. The brand I used was premixed with a carrier oil. Because essential oils are so strong, you need to put them in an oily carrier oil, before applying to your skin.
Fractionated coconut oil l is a popular carrier oil, because it’s easily absorbed. Another function of a carrier oil is to “carry” the healing aromatic compounds into your body. The myrrh essential oil I purchased was already mixed with grapeseed oil. This is another popular carrier.
But the big question you’re probably asking is if myrrh essential oil can help with the pain and inflammation associated with fibromyalgia? Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to locate any scientific studies. These are what provide the definite proof. I was able to find a Korean study showing that myrrh appears to contain natural anti-inflammatory compounds.
However, I’m not waiting for that definitive study. I have pain now, and I want to treat it naturally. Plus, this resin has a long history of being used medicinally. So I can focus on traditional uses for myrrh.
Myrrh Essential Oil for Pain
Myrrh is considered a good natural pain remedy. Consequently, you can now find myrrh essential oil pain formula blends, such as the Wise Men Frankincense and Myrrh pain cream shown below. In these pain blends, you’ll often find it mixed with frankincense, also mentioned in the Bible. Both are derived from tree resins found in the Middle East. So combining them together is intuitive.
Also, modern aromatherapists believe that mixing two or more essential oils together results in a more powerful and effective synergy. That’s why you’ll find pain blends that contain multiple aromatic oils. I’ve also noticed better results when I use multiple essential oils together. Myrrh and frankincense essential oil blend so well together. If you already own essential oils, and carrier oils, it’s easy to make your own pain relief blend. If you don’t, below you can see a very convenient option that doesn’t require any extra preparation.
Myrrh Essential Oil for Natural Pain Relief
Despite living with excruciating nerve pain, I didn’t turn to drugs for relief. I need to stress that I’m not a doctor, and I can’t give medical advice. Also, I can’t promise that myrrh or any other natural remedy will solve a particular health problem. I can only share what I did, to relieve my own pain naturally. And I want to share this information in a way that’s as non-judgmental as possible.
Whether or not you decide to manage pain with drugs is a highly individual decision. For some people, this may be the best option. For me, it wasn’t. Drugs have side effects. Some of them can be serious. That was something I was well aware of. I did take a few doses of ibuprofen in the beginning. It was no help whatsoever. So I decided to regain my health as much as possible, without drugs.
This involved a strict regimen of healthy food choices. I also saw two excellent homeopaths and a good chiropractor. I had a couple of acupuncture sessions and I took herbal remedies. These remedies, I believed, helped clear my body of toxins. They also relieved inflammation. For awhile, I took a special herbal anti-inflammatory blend known as Zyflamend. I’m not sure this is meant to be taken long term. But I think it helped greatly, while I took it.
Frankincense and Myrrh for Fibromyalgia
If you already own frankincense, myrrh and other essential oils, it’s really easy to mix up your own aromatic pain recipe. You can use liquid carrier oils, such as fractionated coconut oil. Here’s how to do it.
1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil (It’s available here)
6 drops of myrrh essential oil (It’s available here)
6 drops of frankincense essential oil (It’s available here)
6 drops of lavender essential oil (It’s available here) Adding lavender essential oil to the mix isn’t necessary. But it has a very soothing quality. So you may want to use it if you suffer from muscle spasms.
Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oil Pain Cream
Or, you can put the aromatic oils into a body butter, a heavenly recipe that’s creamy and also works really well as a moisturizer. I’ve written an earlier post on how to make body butter. You can read how to do it here. You can follow this recipe, using frankincense and myrrh as the essential oils.
To make body butter, you’ll need to use organic coconut oil and pure shea butter. If you can’t find shea butter locally, it’s available online.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.
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