I've read that Lyme disease is a precursor to FM.
Have you ever made an arnica stick for pain?
In my research and experience I've found that 10 drops of EOs per ounce of carrier oil is typical for blends, but for therapeutic use up to 60 drops per ounce may be necessary. That's how much I use in my muscle rub.
I'm sure you're aware how FM may be complicated by other things, like stress, anxiety, restlessness, etc. It's obviously best to make a blend for your particular needs, but here's some info I've gathered. I apologize, but I don't recall the source other than it was from aromatherapists.
The essential oils most useful in treating the symptoms of FM are:
For pain relief: spike lavender, sweet marjoram, lavender, petitgrain, Roman and German chamomile, clary sage, lemongrass, helichrysum, peppermint, ginger and black pepper. Spike lavender with peppermint and helichrysum creates an anti-inflammatory synergy.
For stress/anxiety relief: rose otto, frankincense, clary sage, sweet orange, bergamot, grapefruit, ylang ylang, sandalwood, neroli, sweet marjoram, petitgrain, mandarin, lavender, rose geranium, tangerine, jasmine.
For peaceful sleep: lavender, neroli, jasmine, marjoram, and Roman chamomile.
For a feeling of harmony and safety: frankincense, lavender, rose, mandarin, neroli, and helichrysum.
For headaches: lavender, peppermint, marjoram, and Roman chamomile.
For increased circulation: rosemary, ginger, black pepper, peppermint, lemongrass, rose geranium.
A useful overall blend might be: 4 drops of lavender, 1 drop of frankincense, 4 drops of sweet orange, and 1 drop of neroli.
Another blend could include 4 drops of sweet marjoram, 1 drop of Roman chamomile, 4 drops of mandarin, and 1 drop of rose.
If you want to provide more circulation, use 4 drops of lavender, 4 drops of rose geranium, 2 drops of rosemary, and 1 drop of lemongrass.
Also blending the spike lavender with the peppermint and helichrysum would create an anti- inflammatory synergy. You could add thyme linalool and dilute with St. John’s Wort oil and you have an anti-inflammatory muscle pain reliever.
Of course, any of those suggestions are dependent upon your sensitivities.
Edited by edensong, 04 January 2010 - 03:26 PM.