Natural Treatments, do they work?
Yes, natural treatments do work. The natural treatments that do work for me are what will be covered in this post. If I have not tried it then it is not on my list. Giving you information on what might work is not a helpful piece of information.
My ever growing list
- Very hot bath with Epsom salt, baking soda, and lavender essential oil. Many of you have already heard of this one. I need the water to be very hot or it does nothing to soothe my pain. For those of us with Fibromyalgia, showers can bring on nerve pain and exhaustion so a bath is best when you are having a fibro day, as I call it.
- Herbal tea, I like the brand Traditional Medicinals because the flavors I use are all organic and very pleasant. I use two tea bags in the teas with lighter flavor when I am having a flare-up. The use of the two tea bags is purely medicinal by adding the extra tea bag I am making my medicine strong enough to take away my pain or stress. Just in case you would not like to go through a long list of teas I do not recommend I have also added the links to the specific teas that help me.
- Chamomile and Lavender– I use this tea for nerve and muscle pain. When do we not have that problem? Both Chamomile and Lavender are very relaxing all around.
- Stress Ease– a Helpful tool for helping you cope with the stress. The flavor of this tea is cinnamon, very light so you can easily double this as well.
- Cup of Calm– This one is my absolute favorite option for stress. I know there is already a tea labeled Stress Ease but Cup of Calm has what my mind and body really like to release stress. So as with anything, your body may have different needs than mine so play around with it a bit.
- Peppermint Tea– I do not double this tea, the flavor is already pretty intense. This is great for the digestive issues people with Fibromyalgia have as well and a great tea to help calm you during an emotional or stressful day.
- Ginger- Talk about digestive help! This tea is amazing, like the peppermint I do not double the amount of tea bags when brewing this tea. If I doubled the bags with this tea it would be too spicy for me to drink. When I am having a mother load of digestive problems this is the amazing wonder tea. I usually have to brew two cups, the first one usually helps greatly. The second cup finishes the job and takes care of any pain or discomfort I was feeling.
- Nighty Night– I love this one to help me get to sleep at night it also has a very smooth and yummy flavor.
I love using natural products that I know will not make my side-effects from any of my medical conditions any worse. Why take something full of additional side-effect causing ingredients? Especially when something that is nice and relaxing will do the job. With that all being said about tea I would like to share my morning cup of tea with you. May your day be full of sunshine and rainbows.
Looking for other options?
I also make whipped coconut oil. For some reason unknown to me the whipped coconut oil takes away the nerve pain in my legs. Maybe it is the massage I give while rubbing the coconut oil onto my skin or maybe it is the coconut oil itself. Whatever the reason or why I do not care because it works and that is all that matters to me at this time. On the plus side, you then end up with very silky legs and who doesn’t love that. Especially on clean sheet night.
As I have read some research on how to live with Fibromyalgia I found out chemicals can bring on some side-effects. So in order to not add to any pain, exhaustion or brain fog, I clean with natural ingredients. I use baking soda, borax, vinegar (both white and apple kinds of vinegar) and an all natural dish soap.
In addition, all of my bath and beauty products are all natural, non-GMO, Organic when possible and gluten-free. I look for other great things for the products to either be made of or not made of. As well as I will look for non-animal testing and earth-friendly. The first four things I listed are the most important to me though.
Oh, the HORROR!
Did anyone say EXERCISE?!! Yes, that is right, movement makes Fibro better for us. Unlike most TV trainers show you your exercise does not need to be strenuous. Who couldn’t use a great walk outside with the shining sun and birds chirping?
For some the word exercise is a dirty word, so let’s call it movement. Because of all my movement that is required of a body when you are moving boxes, my Fibro never showed up during our move. I am talking about everything, nerve pain (besides the pinched nerve), exhaustion, muscle pain or brain fog. Nothing happened to me until I quit moving and that was only exhaustion. Who isn’t tired after moving heavy boxes for days on end?
So just move and you will feel better something nice and easy is all it has to be, nothing more. You should also be able to graduate into more movement options than walking, eventually. I am able to jog and lift heavy weights with low reps. That took me a couple of years to accomplish that so be kind to yourself when trying to accomplish a new movement goal.
Another option most will not want to try
Lifestyle. I know many people do not want to change how they celebrate things or eat or how often they participate in movement. There is research out there, where Fibro is concerned, alcohol actually inflames us and makes Fibro side-effects worse. If you could have less pain, brain fog, and exhaustion why wouldn’t you consider taking alcohol out of your lifestyle? I know many won’t or can’t do that but being alcohol free will help you with everything Fibromyalgia related.
Did anyone say food? Yes, food plays a part in how our body functions. Most Americans eat to excite their taste buds, not their soul. If after you eat something and you do not want to lift yourself out of your chair because movement feels prohibited then you have just fed your taste buds not you. I have found that with the right food you can feel amazing inside and out. Your positivity level actually changes when you find the right food for you. Happiness, energy, kindness, and enjoyment will be with you all day long without you even having to try. And what about pain-free, would you like to be pain-free too? Yes, food effects us.