We would suggest the following herbs:

Panax Ginseng: Reduces pain, improves the quality of sleep, decreases fatigue and improves overall health *Root – 1tsp chopped up and boiled makes 1 cup of tea, (Teabag) Supplement 200-500mg per day*.

St John’s Wort: Helps with depression and reduces inflammation, helping with pain. Tablet, Capsule or Tincture. 250-300mg 2-3 x per day. *May interact with other meds, anti-depressants and birth control pills*.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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We would suggest the following vitamins and supplements:

Melatonin: A natural hormone that helps us with sleep. Poor quality sleep and exhaustion are common with fibromyalgia. Helps to improve sleep quality and reduce fatigue.

Chlorella pyrenoidosa: Algae sourced from freshwater. Packed with micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and proteins. Provides an overall reduction in symptoms and a better quality of life. *Supplements *.

Acetyl L-carnitine: An amino acid that helps reduce pain and depression. *Supplement form*.

Alpha-lipoic acid: An antioxidant that exists in every cell of the body. Protects the brain and nerve tissue from damage caused from free radicals. Helps with the pain (and known to treat diabetic nerve pain). Supplement form or Injection. *Food sources: spinach, brewer’s yeast, red meat and organ meats*.

Magnesium Malate: A combination of magnesium and malic acid (found in apples). Excellent for conditions related to over-excitation of the neuromuscular system (fibromyalgia). *Food sources: dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, avocados, green leafy veggies: spinach, nut: almonds, seeds, legumes, whole grains*. Capsules and Topical solution – 400mg applied to arms and legs 2x per day.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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Essential Oils

We would suggest the following:

  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil

Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 5 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of Eucalyptus and 2 drops of Peppermint. Rub the blend over the affected facial area, as required. Especially effective after a bath.

Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:

  1. Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oils into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Lavender, 1 drop of Eucalyptus and 1 drop of Peppermint. Add Epsom salts.
  2. Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.

Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.

Sleep – You can place 1 drop of Lavender on your pillow at night to aid sleep.

** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **

If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.

** Eucalyptus – Avoid during pregnancy/lactation, epilepsy, on homoeopathic remedies. Avoid use for children under 1 and with caution up to the age of 8 **

 ** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **

** Peppermint – Safe for inhalation all around. As for application – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating, or if on homoeopathic remedies. Avoid use in children under 5. Use low doses, it’s a very cooling oil and strong. May irritate the skin. It is a stimulant, so do not apply before bed. It’s a very strong oil, so no more than a few drops to be used, adjust your blend to suit your skin **

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