Why I’m Treating the Fibromyalgia as Naturally as Possible – Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia

I’m over these poisons that are marketed as the only thing to help those of us with chronic pain or Fibromyalgia. Some medicines are definitely necessary, I’m not anti medicine, I’m pro natural remedies for fibromyalgia first.

Yoga and meditation have been my mainstays for a long time. I’ve paid $60 a fortnight for physiotherapy for a long time because I’d rather skimp and take that than utilise the heavily subsidised medicine I’d have to take instead.

Why I'm Treating the Fibromyalgia as Naturally as Possible

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For the last few months I’ve been researching a lot of natural options including essential oils, herbs, supplements and other options. You will also notice that my book has more chapters about natural/non medicinal options as I am a big believe in things you can administer yourself whenever you need.

Here are some recent posts about natural remedies for fibromyalgia:
Essential Oils and a Pain Cream I’ve Been Loving
Natural Pain Relief Options – Herbs for Teas or Infusions
Natural Pain Relief Options – Supplements for Fibromyalgia Pain 
Natural Pain Relief Options – Supplements for Fibromyalgia Energy

Here’s a round up of the natural remedies for fibromyalgia I’ve been using

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Essential Oils for Fibromyalgia

Lavender – multi use for pain, relaxation, insomnia and more. I use it as is with coconut oil or in the bath.
Chamomile – calming and said to help with insomnia, I adore it.
Peppermint – this is handy with coconut oil for spasms.
Pain cream from Bunguin Babies– this has become my go-to for first-line pain. I use it at bedtime and throughout the day. This is not an affiliate link, I use it and love it and a fellow fibromyalgia mom blogger makes it herself.

Herbs for Fibromyalgia

I learnt about thyme, borage, lemon balm and others but since finding out I was pregnant I couldn’t use these. They are still on my radar!

Supplements for Fibromyalgia

Magnesium oil – I apply this nightly to my calves for the nutritional deficiency of magnesium that is prevalent these days and in pregnancy to avoid calf cramps.

MSM – this is my favourite for wrist and hand joint pain. It’s said to be good for other things too. See my post here.

CBD Oil – On my Wish List for the Future (as soon as it’s legalised here)

In New Zealand a committee is considering legalising CBD oil. They recently shot down the application to make medical marijuana available to those with chronic pain, which was disappointing. The research is positive. The anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. The side effects are negligible! See this post from Counting My Spoons about MMJ and CBD for more information. I would use it for sleep, pain and fatigue. If it worked, the combination of this and LDN would surely get me off the amitriptyline – and after more than ten years, that would be a massive win.

As you may have noticed, I don’t stop researching so more will need to be added to this list as time goes on. Though, my personal experiments are stalled while I am pregnant and then nursing. Look out for the pregnancy edition of this post coming soon.


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Natural Pain Relief: Herbs for Infusion or Tea for Fibromyalgia

With the world’s eye on those of us suffering from chronic pain, I feel like bad news is delivered daily into my inbox with newsletters or articles telling me I can’t access something that helps me manage. Narcotics came under fire, now NSAIDS are ready for scrutiny. We know the medicines we need aren’t ideal but neither is chronic sleep deprivation or untreated pain. Seriously, there’s research! There’s a lot more information about this in my book.
To this end, I have decided to work through as many natural options as I can find to help you navigate potential new options for treatment. I am a big fan of things you can do for yourself. 
This week are herbs you can infuse or make as tea at home. 

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Essential oils are an area I am just journeying into. My Natural Pain Relief Mechanisms post gives you five ideas you can enact yourself at home.
Natural Pain Relief Mechanisms

Here are some herbs I’ve been researching

Thyme

Thyme is touted as a “cure” in articles in a Google search “Thyme for Fibromyalgia”. I wouldn’t read those ones. The article Thyme: How a Herb can Help with Fibromyalgia Symptoms on Fibromyalgia News Today has a good explanation on the benefits of thyme it also has a recipe for thyme tea:
“One of the reasons thyme is so beneficial is because it’s high in vitamins and minerals, like iron, potassium, calcium, folic acid, B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, and C. All of these nutrients contribute to proper red blood cell formation, blood pressure regulation, and distribution of antioxidants in the body. It also contains thymol, an essential oil with potent antioxidant properties.” https://fibromyalgianewstoday.com/2017/03/17/thyme-herb-can-help-fibromyalgia-symptoms/
The other thing about thyme that is great, is that it can easily be grown in a small garden. I grow mine next to rosemary and coriander. But you could grow it in a small pot on a balcony or your kitchen windowsill. I’ll let you know when I have assessed its efficacy. Either way, it’s a good addition to your culinary forays.

Lemon balm

Lemon balm is meant to help with insomnia and anxiety. On the University of Maryland Medical Centre website in an article simply entitled Lemon Balm there is a discussion on the plant itself, its uses, precautions and supporting research. there’s also a recipe for using it in tea.
I have just planted this in my garden for use. If nothing else, it also has its culinary uses.

Nettle

Nettle is said to be better than a multivitamin – and cheaper – in this article from Sassy Holistics. Nettle infusions “are full of calcium, magnesium, iron, B complex vitamins, C complex, vitamins A, D and K as well as protein, cobalt, trace minerals, potassium, iodine, boron, manganese, zinc, copper and sulfur. Stinging nettles can truly be considered a cure-all.” This article recommends drinking 2-4 cups a day, which I’d find a bit difficult given I can only manage two non-water drinks a day and I love my coffee. I am going to try to get hold of some dried nettle and give it a go.
A note for pregnant mamas: “Nettles are also perfect for pregnant and nursing woman suffering from adrenal fatigue because they are used for boosting milk supply and preventing anemia.” Though, I’d double check with your doctor or midwife for their opinion.

Red Raspberry Leaf

The same article (above) above suggests Red Raspberry Leaf is a good herb for infusions also. “Red raspberry leaf is packed with nutrients: magnesium, manganese, iron, vitamin C, b-vitamins and potassium. RRL is an amazing remedy for PMS, endometriosis, and it helps balance hormones. This herb is especially helpful for women trying to conceive as it is a very popular remedy for infertility.” Again, if you’re pregnant please check with your midwife or doctor or naturopath. I’d like to give this a go for PMS alone.

Other Herbs

An article on Herbal Supplement Resource website lists herbs for Fibromyalgia treatment. I’m not sure about growing these, but there are Devil’s Claw, Jamacian Dogwood, Cayenne, White Willow Bark and Corydalis. As always, research anything before you try them – especially for medicinal interactions.
Sassy Holistics is a good repository of natural health information, I particularly like this article for Healing on a Budget to get you started.

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