Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy used by some people with multiple sclerosis.
Aromatherapy is the use of fragrances in the form of oils - called essential oils as they contain the essence of the plant from which they are taken. You can use oils can be used in the bath (if heat sensitivity is not an issue), as a steam inhalation, in an oil burner or with a compress. Aromatherapy is sometimes used with massage. It can also be used as part of a sleep routine.
Although there is no research evidence about the effects of aromatherapy on multiple sclerosis, it can promote relaxation and wellbeing.
Aromatherapy oils are usually used with no problems. Some people are allergic to some fragrances and some oils may cause a rash if applied directly to the skin. You can do a small patch test first to check if this might be a problem.
- Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery 2002;8(3):138-141. Summary Will aromatherapy be a useful treatment strategy for people with multiple sclerosis who experience pain?
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