Because I’ve suffered from Fibromyalgia (and intermittently chronic fatigue) for my entire adult life, I’ve been forced to take a middle road with health care. Still poorly misunderstood by much of western medicine, this autoimmune syndrome drives most of its sufferers to alternative therapies for relief from its multitude of symptoms. Essential oils have been gaining in popularity in the last several years and I had dabbled a bit with them but they never really entered my radar until relatively recently. Finally, little over a year ago, I attended a Young Living event hosted by my friend Melissa Rickert.
I was instantly hooked by the idea of highly potent medicines straight from plants available to aid every symptom under the sun. Little miracles in bottles…what’s not to like? Though it took me until we received our tax return to get my starter kit, I bounded in with every enthusiasm to transform my health and my life with these little plant powerhouses.
Sure enough, when my starter kit arrived I found several oils that helped me right off the bat. I got excited about my new hobby, began reading and researching medical uses of oils, and considered doing oils as a business to help pay for implementing my new discoveries. Eureka!
Shortly thereafter, the honeymoon ended. First, enter the federal government. The FDA began cracking down on the entire essential oils industry, reminding us that they regulate all drugs…. and since they don’t regulate essential oils, these cannot be considered a drug. So no referring to essential oils as something that can help your fibromyalgia, not a word about pain relief or lifting brain fog. Nothing.
Second, enter my checkbook. Turns out, it’s not free to steam distill plants to create therapeutic grade oils. And while I loved the products, I couldn’t afford to replace all the chemicals in my house and medicine cabinet on our family’s budget.
Third, because of the FDAs stance, it takes work to find rigorous scientific research on the efficacy of essential oils. Now, is that important for most people? Maybe, maybe not. But as anyone who knows me well will attest, I’m not most people. Ha, ask my MBA students how I feel about scientific rigor after I grade their first round of papers!
Despite these speed bumps, I’m not giving up on oils. I love them! I love how they work; I love how they smell (well, most of them); and I love discovering new ways to improve my life through these little miracles God provided through creation. I’ve had to scale back some of my original goals for a completely natural household to make my modest budget work. I pretty much steer clear of selling oils so I don’t get in trouble for saying things I shouldn’t AND so the strong-willed social justice lioness inside me stays half-asleep. And I nearly always research the efficacy of an oil on PubMed before taking the plunge on a new oil.
But if you’re hanging all the way to the end of this post, I will share an oil blend I’ve been toying with. I’ve been experimenting and keeping notes for a couple months…and am pretty settled on this blend that helps me with the myofascial pain that come when the weather changes, I get stressed, OR I happen to stand on one leg and hang my right arm out the window while howling at the moon on a Tuesday. This recipe is for a small batch because I know first-hand that what works beautifully for one person may be dud for the next.
Just remember, this is not a drug. It cannot be used for anything useful when it comes to your body’s biochemistry. And you should never try it or tell anyone else about it. Because the government says so.
Christy’s Flare Stop Roll-On
15 Drops Stress Away
10 Drops Copaiba (Co-pie-EE-bah)
5 Drops Peppermint
10 Drops Carrier Oil (I use EVOO)
1 Drop Lavender
(But if you do try it, let me know how it works for you!)