Over the years, especially recently in light of my own, I post on functional limitations. My interest stems from disaster planning a few years ago and the awareness that an evacuation plan needs to account for the physical and other functional limitations of a population. More recently my interest has turned to reducing, eliminating, accommodating or treating the conditions that produce the limitations.
Functional Medicine is a medical practice or treatment that focuses on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving systems of holistic or alternative medicine. It seems to me that it is really directed at eliminating or lessening limitations and this reminded me of a website that included essential oils in a listing of holistic approaches and alternatives medicines. This then reminded me of a graphic and article that spoke to me a while back about essential oils for the pain of peripheral neuropathy.
So, I thought I'd list the five essential oils for peripheral neuropathy here and see if anyone has tried these and noticed improvement. I will be embarking on my own testing and look forward to comparing notes.
Peppermint Essential Oil: Helps relax muscles, relieves pain, increases circulation, respiration, and provides nervous system support.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, improves respiration, and helps relieve muscular spasms.
Frankincense Essential Oil: Stimulates the immune systems, relaxes muscles, and has anti-inflammatory qualities.
Rosemary Essential Oil: Known for improving circulation, relaxes muscles fibers and suppresses muscles spasms.
Lavender Essential Oil: Pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and helps reduce damaging effects of stress on the body.
Now, in addition to potentially helping to reduce the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, any of these scents will also help improve the smell of any hospital or other care facility.
If you don't know where to turn to obtain these essential oils, I'd love to recommend my little shop for patients just like me.