Disclaimer: I personally use essential oils to help support my body in healing and my immune system. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. My comments are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I simply use essential oils as a tool to assist my body in natural healing processes. As always, please consult with your health care team when incorporating new products into your treatment.
Ok since we’ve got that fancy disclaimer out of the way, I wanted to share how I, an MS Warrior use essential oils. I’ve been asked in countless DMs and tagged in countless FB groups about how I personally use essential oils as I live with the sidekick, Multiple Sclerosis. So here is how I personally have incorporated them into my life to support my body as it lives with confused cells.
- 1. Reducing Inflammation. I believe that by reducing inflammation in my body I support my cells so that they don’t get confused. I do this by nutrition (eating an AIP based meal plan), using spices like turmeric and drinking juice like tart cherry juice are just a few things I do to reduce inflammation (above and beyond removing gluten, dairy and nightshade veggies from my diet). I also ensure I take rest days after hard workouts, ice baths after races and I love to take nightly Epsom salt baths. I love adding Lavender or Frankincense to the bath and using Deep Blue Rub on my sore muscles.
2. Improve Sleep. I believe that we can support our immune system simply by getting quality and an appropriate amount sleep. Every night, Mike and I try different “concoctions” in our diffuser to improve our sleep. We love blends like Serenity & Vetiver, Lavender & Roman Chamomile or Lavender & Frankincense mixed together. If I’m feeling extremely run down I’ll also turn to the Serenity Softgel complex as well.
- 3. Reduce Stress. I believe our body’s reaction to stress is so detrimental to our health. I’m the type of person that really doesn’t do well with emotional stress and I’m still figuring that out on a daily basis. I love using oils from my home office to my work office to diffuse oils based on emotional aromatherapy. From citrus oils to uplift my mood to grounding ones when I feel a whole bunch of crazy coming on.
- 4. Reduce Toxins in the Home. I love that I have been able to slowly transition toxic products from cleaners to laundry detergent to DIY or cleaner ingredient based. I love making up my own DIY sprays with water, vinegar and lemon & onguard essential oil and using doTERRA laundry detergent or my own concoction.
5. Supporting My Immune System. Last but not least, this school of thought is very polarizing in the MS community. Since MS is an auto-immune disease and has to do with our immune system attacking itself many believe that “boosting” our immune system will boost the T cells that attack our myelin sheath. I personally am of the school of thought that if I can keep my immune system optimized and strong I simply need to make sure that my T cells won’t have a chance to become confused by toxins or sickness and attack my body. I have maybe had 1 – 2 colds in the entire 2 years that I’ve lived with MS. I personally love that I’ve been able to support my body through boosting my immune system. Since I have chosen to not take a DMDs (drugs) I don’t worry about how boosting my immune system will affect me. For those on DMD’s which suppress the immune system, I can understand why they fear to boost it. This choice will be so personal for everyone in how they choose to support their body in healing.
If you’re reading this and you have MS. My heart goes out to you and whatever emotions you’re dealing with, with the diagnosis. Just know that you are so empowered in today’s day and age to take care of yourself. If you’ve been living with MS for a while and are still searching for answers, hopefully, something I’ve said has sparked a light bulb and you’re going to dive into more research and knowledge for yourself.
Thriving is so much better than Surviving.