Essential Oils: A Potential Way to Ease MS Stress

Essential Oils: A Potential Way to Ease MS Stress
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Last Updated: October 31, 2019

Do essential oils have a role in the treatment of MS? Maybe. While they haven’t yet been studied specifically in this population, they have been shown to improve mood and sleep quality in some people. Learn more about how to choose and use essential oils.


Essential oils are plant extracts designed to capture the “essence,” or scent, of the original plant.

Examples of popular essential oils include:


Chamomile

Jasmine

Lavender

Lemon

Peppermint

Rose

Sandalwood

Tea tree


These essences are typically compounded and sold as natural remedies for a variety of conditions. They are most often used in the practice of aromatherapy, which today is considered a form of complementary or alternative medicine with roots in ancient civilizations in Asia as well as in the Mediterranean region.


Scientific evidence for the medicinal benefits of these products is limited. But some studies have found that they may help manage symptoms relating to fatigue, anxiety, cognitive problems, skin disorders, digestive problems, and headaches, among others.


Although little if any research has been done on the possible benefits for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), some believe essential oils can help people with the condition manage some of its symptoms, like pain, fatigue, and digestive problems.


They may also be useful in treating other health conditions often linked with MS, like depression and anxiety.


“Anything natural that helps keep my MS monster in its cave is very useful,” says Mary Ellen Ciganovich, an author and educator who specializes in holistic healing and has MS herself. “I handle my own MS through diet, exercise, meditation, herbs, and essential oils, and I recommend these approaches to others with the condition.”


 

 
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