Have you ever seen a cartoon of someone so exhausted that they fall asleep in their food? Chances are they probable have ME!
Few of us, unless we have run a marathon or spent many hours awake with a sick, crying child can truly understand the profound nature of ME muscle fatigue. It can come and go quiet suddenly and people experience it in many different ways. Some people say “its like having lead weights or limbs”, or “an ace in the muscles like a bad flue attack”.
So what is ME (Myalgic Encephalomylitis) or post-viral syndrome? ME is caused by one f the 74 different enteroviruses, which switch off the body cells so they they cannot perform their normal function. This can happen after having a viral infection, flue or food poising and instead of getting better, you become profoundly tired after the slightest activity and you may develop a number of other symptoms, relating to practically every part of the body.
How Can Aromatherapy Help Me?
If you have had ME for a long time you may have noticed a pattern to you fatigue. You can use this information to treat yourself with essential oils before your attack is due. Aromatherapy treatments with essential oils, consist of fighting the battle of your symptoms on all fronts and you don’t need to worry that the treatment you are receiving from your doctor will clash with essential oil blends as they work besides one another.
Muscle Fatigue Essential Oils – Red Thyme, Rosemary, Cypress, Marjoram, Grapefruit, Eucalyptus Peppermint.
If you are unfortunate enough to be one of those who have continual muscle fatigue massage this following blend into your muscles twice a day.
Its really important if you have ME to get enough sleep but insomnia is one of the many issues you encounter. To be terribly tired yet unable to sleep is one of the worst aspects of having ME . One of my clients once explained how it felt once as a “kind of living death.”
Insomnia Essential Oils – Vallerian, Marjoram, Chamomile Roman, Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Lemon.
Put 4 drops of your chosen essential oil or oils in the bath, which should be neither too hot or cold. Get in and just lie there and drift or if you have the energy read a good. Then after you have dried off massage this following blend all over your body before getting into bed. Repeat nightly or as often as needed.
Depression so often accompanies ME comes from a chemical imbalance as well as the fact that it’s impossible to complete the tasks that you sailed through before the onset of ME. You seem to be weighed down by an invisible force while your friends clamber up the ladder of success and accomplish all the things you had set out too do. Meanwhile it can be difficult to explain the nature of your fatigue and not everyone is convinced that you have a real physical problem. You may also feel guilty about being so dependant on others and would love to be able to ‘pull your self together’, as people who don’t understand seem to advise. You might be sitting on the sofa or laying in bed all day but you are definitely not taking it easy! If only people could understand. It’s no wonder you sometimes feel depressed! When you are feeling low or depressed massage this following blend into your pulse points.
There are many other symptoms you may be suffering from as ME is such an individual disease to have. I hope these blends help you and also try various relaxation techniques such as meditation, breathing techniques and getting plenty of fresh air. Increase your vitamin and mineral intake such as vitamin B, D and C, as well as zinc. Don’t overtire your body by making it work, listen to your body if it needs to rest, your body will tell you.