Essential Oils for Multiple Sclerosis

Essential Oils for Multiple Sclerosis

What Does Aromatherapy do?

Essentials oils are the newest trend. If you are late to the party, that’s OK. They’ve been around for centuries so they are likely to stick around for a while more. There’s plenty of research behind this aromatic fad. We’ve uncovered some ways essential oils that might help with multiple sclerosis.



Like herbs and minerals, the FDA does not regulate essentials oils. Most medical doctors don’t consider them a valid treatment for what ails you, but those who use them are true believers. But check with your doctor first. If you have allergies or anaphylaxis, you’ll probably want to avoid most essential oils. By and large, though, they’re worth a try.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that, in MS patients, “essential oils (aromatherapy) may give symptomatic relief with sleep, relaxation, joint mobility, and an improved sense of well-being.” Below is a list of the essential oils to that may help to ease symptoms of various conditions.

Massage Today suggest these uses of essential oils:

For Pain:  Spike lavender, sweet marjoram, lavender, petitgrain, Roman and German chamomile, clary sage, lemongrass, helichrysum, peppermint, ginger, black pepper.

For Stress:  Rose otto, frankincense, clary sage, sweet orange, bergamot, grapefruit, ylang ylang, sandalwood, neroli, sweet marjoram, petitgrain, mandarin, lavender, rose geranium, tangerine, jasmine.

For Sleep:  Lavender, neroli, jasmine, marjoram, Roman chamomile.

For Sense of Well-Being:  Frankincense, lavender, rose, mandarin, neroli, helichrysum.

For Headaches:  Lavender, peppermint, marjoram, Roman chamomile.

For Circulation:  Rosemary, ginger, black pepper, peppermint, lemongrass, rose geranium.

Early research shows more possible benefits for essential oils in these areas: 

For Antioxidant Properties:  Lavender.

For Anticancer Properties: Lemongrass, thyme.

For Anti-inflammatory Properties: Myrrh, frankincense.

For Nausea: Peppermint, spearmint.

For  Hormone Regulation: Thyme, coconut.

For Brain Function and Nerve: Coconut.

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    • Tanya Cottle says:

      I recommend 2-3 drops in your diffuser. You can also apply the oils directly to your body, especially on pulse points(wrists, back of neck,bottom of feet)
      Some can be taken internally too, but only Doterra Essential Oils which are Certified pure therapeutic grade.
      I am a Welllness Advocate for Doterra. Find me here

      • KL says:

        There are many more brands that are certified pure therapeutic grade oils like Young Living oils – probably the purest as they are organically certified seed to seal!! 🙂
        The BEST!!!1

        • Jacqueline says:

          Internal use of essential oils is a very aggressive treatment and should only be used under the care of a trained professionals; a doctor. If you must take essential oils internally only 1 drop/10kg body weight for adults and children over 12, and for no longer than 3 weeks in length.

      • Jacqueline says:

        Essential oils are extremely potent which makes sense when you look at the quantity of plants it takes to extract a small amount of essential oil. It is not advised to apply essential oil directly to your skin. You should always use a carrier oil, of which there are many to choose, each with their own therapeutic properties.
        There are many “therapeutic grade” essential oils on the market aside from Doterra. Certification is available upon request from any reputable reseller. It is true that a few oils are safe to take internally, but many are not. It would be wise to consult a physician before taking any essential oil internally.

    • Amy says:

      Hi! Depending on which oil you are using, the drops will vary. As an example, for an energy/uplifting blend I like to diffuse 3 drops wild orange and 2 drops peppermint 😉

    • Jacqueline says:

      When using essential oils in a diffuser, it is recommended adding 1-6 drops of your essential oil or essential oil blend to a full reservoir of water (roughly 2 cups). If you were doing a steam inhalation, add 2-3 drops to a bowl with hot water, cover the head with a towel and breathe in (should not be used with asthmatics). You could also add 1-10 drops of essential oil or blend to the water of a humidifier.

  1. Christine Hoffman says:

    You can use young living oils which are certified Seed to Seal. My husband has MS, and these are the only essential oils I use!

  2. Amanda says:

    Young Living is the only oil we use. Seed to seal verified. Interested in a sample and some information? Feel free to contact me! I love sharing these amazing oils!!

  3. Alene says:

    Thanks so much for sharing such great information about oils! I’m curious, frankinscense is an immunostimulent oil is this safe for autoimmune disease? I’m curious if it helps to balance out the immune dysfunction or if it would stimulate the disfunction.
    Thanks 😊

    • Lisa Hughes says:

      I just happen t do some research for a friend. Progessence Plus helps with balance I’m using it for hot flashes it has balanced me out there just about gone so I would give that a try to start if you have any questions feel free to ask

  4. Marylène Dubois says:

    I’m diagnosed with MS since two years ago and “brain fog” is my biggest problem. What do you suggest for that?

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