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A to Z of MS Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy used by some people with multiple sclerosis.
Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils to promote health, well-being and relaxation. Oils can be used in the bath (if heat sensitivity is not an issue), as a steam inhalation, in an oil burner, during massage or with a compress. Although aromatherapy oils are usually used with no problems, some people are allergic to some fragrances and some oils may cause a rash if applied to the skin. It is therefore best to seek advice before starting aromatherapy or to do a small test patch first.
The use of aromatherapy massage for the management of widespread diffuse pain has become a more common form of treatment in recent years. It can reduce muscle stiffness and promote relaxation and wellbeing. Treatments undertaken by trained aromatherapists can be continued at home using essential oils in baths, locally applied lotions and through simple massage techniques that can easily be taught.
Aromatherapy can also be used as part of a sleep routine.
Will aromatherapy be a useful treatment strategy for people with multiple sclerosis who experience pain?
Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery 2002;8(3):138-141.