Today is World MS Day 2017 (& if you want to be involved use these hashtags #WMSDay and #LifeWithMS).
Now, while I don’t have MS myself but over the course of the past few years I’ve met a few people who are struggling.
But, if you’ve never met someone with MS (or quite possibly you have – you just didn’t know it), then chances are you’re not likely to know just how difficult it can be.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease where the body’s own immune system actually attacks (and unfortunately after time destroys) the myelin sheath and the nerve fibres of the central nervous system (CNS) (Aroma Tools, 2016). The myelin sheath is a fatty material which ‘coats, insulates and protects the nerves of the brain and spinal cord’ (eMedicinehealth, n.d.). The CNS includes the nerves in the brain and the spinal cord and is contained within the skull and the vertebral canal of the spine (PubMed Health n.d.). The nervous system is essentially a network of cells (nerve cells/neurons) which enables the body and brain to communicate effectively. When this network breaks down (or as in the case of someone with MS is destroyed) the body is not able to function correctly.
There are many symptoms of MS but most notably:
- Partial or complete loss of sight
- Difficulties regulating emotions
- Problems with dizziness
- Difficulties balancing
- Aches, tingling, burning and pains throughout the body
- Difficulties with co-ordination
- Sexual dysfunction
- Extreme levels of fatigue
- Problems walking
- Difficulties with memory and concentration
(eMedicinehealth, n.d.; Aroma Tools, 2016)
As you can imagine, having to deal with only one of the difficulties listed above would be very frustrating for anyone. But, because MS gets progressively worse as the body continues to attack and destroy the CNS & myelin sheath more and more complications arise.
Most people, have experienced many of these symptoms at one time in our lives.
I’ve had vertigo, fallen over so hurt myself, I’m a woman (e.g., my emotions could sometimes do with a little emotional regulation 😉 ), I’ve been very ill in the past and struggled with extreme fatigue. But, unlike someone with MS any symptoms I’ve experienced have been really short lived. Pain goes away relatively quickly, I’m prepared for my emotional wobblys (thanks to the calendar) and once I’d recovered from being ill my energy levels returned to normal.
I’m sure if you think about it there are a few symptoms you can relate to.
However, like mine, I’m sure they were over and done with relatively quickly.
Think about one of those symptoms and just imagine if it didn’t go away.
If every day you woke up thinking you were going to vomit when you moved because your balance was all over the place.
Or if getting up out of bed was excruciatingly painful and yet you have got to go to the loo…
Or even, realising that the ability to see the people you love most in the world is slowly drifting away and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
What’s even worse for people who are struggling with MS is that it’s one of those difficulties which is not glaringly obvious.
How many times have you pulled up to a supermarket and seen a car in the disabled section and seen someone get out and you’ve thought to yourself ‘well there’s clearly nothing wrong with them..?’.
I ask you this, how would you know?
What if today, just happened to be a good day?
What if today, happened to be the first good day in weeks?
What if the person you’re grumbling about has MS and has been stuck in bed for the last few days or weeks unable to move because of the pain and today, its bearable. It’s bearable enough for them to head to the supermarket and get their shopping – in preparation for the days where they really can’t…
OK, so, I’ll get off my soap box & back onto this little blog post 🙂
As you have gathered by now life with MS is not all sunshine and cupcakes.
But, there are things that someone who has MS can do to help alleviate their symptoms and support their body’s immune system.
Essential oils work by penetrating the cell wall and by supporting the body to ‘do what it can do’ (e.g., your body can already create hormones to fight pain, essential oils can support the body with this process). All essential oils have different constituent properties (the chemical makeup of the oil) and it’s this which determines which oil should be used.
Below is a list of some of the symptoms and a few of oils which have been found to be beneficial in supporting wellness in that area:
- Partial or complete loss of sight [frankincense, lemongrass, lavender]
- Difficulties regulating emotions [clary sage, ylang ylang, lavender]
- Problems with dizziness [frankincense, vetiver, ylang ylang]
- Difficulties balancing [ginger, helichrysum or geranium]
- Aches, tingling, burning and pains throughout the body [lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary]
- Sexual dysfunction [clary sage, ylang ylang, ginger]
- Extreme levels of fatigue [peppermint, basil, lemongrass]
- Difficulties with memory and concentration [lemon, basil, rosemary]
As you can see – there are a few which cross over.
This is something that’s really common.
Because of how versatile every essential oil is there’s often a couple of oils which end up supporting people in different areas of their wellbeing.
When looking after your health it’s important to use quality products so make sure you keep a look out for certified pure therapeutic grade (CPTG) essential oils because they are guaranteed to be 100% oil in a bottle (not just 100% pure – as this just means 10% pure oil in the bottle then 90% synthetic fillers…) and ready to support your body ‘do what it needs to do’.
If you think this post has been useful and has helped you understand MS a little more why not share it and help others too on this #WMSDay2017.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #LivingWithMS too 🙂
Oh, before I go – here’s 3 tips to help you improve your focus and concentration if this is something you struggle with.
Just hit play 🙂
Have a fabulous week & I’ll catch you soon – Katie.
P.S. if you’re open to seeing how essential oils can support your body ‘do what it needs to do’ then fill in my free quick and simple wellbeing survey & I’ll send you a comprehensive report based on your specific needs.
- It’s important to seek the advice of a professional before embarking on a new health regime.
- These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
- This website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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- Not all essential oils are of the same quality and it’s important you check with your oil brand whether you can use your oils aromatically (A), topically (T) and/or internally (I).
Aroma Tools (2016) Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. 7th Ed. Aroma Tools: UT, USA.
eMedicineHealth (n.d) Myelin and the Central Nervous System Topic Guide Retrieved on 29/06/2017 from: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/myelin_and_the_central_nervous_system/topic-guide.htm
PubMed Health (n.d.) Central Nervous System Retrieved on 29/06/2017 from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0024762/