My husband suffers from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). This condition causes him to uncontrollably move his legs. It used to keep him up at night, and wake him up once asleep. As you can imagine, this would lead to some pretty cranky days on his part. And to top it off, sometimes the symptoms would occur during the daytime, making it difficult for him to sit for long periods of time (ie, during travel or in meetings at work).
The good news is, he is no longer suffering from RLS! For the last few months he has been putting a couple of drops of doTERRA Lavender essential oil on the back of his knees and bottoms of his feet and it takes the symptoms away almost immediately!
There is no known cause for Restless Leg Syndrome. It is suspected that an imbalance of the chemical in the brain called dopamine may cause the muscle movement. Stress and anxiety can worsen the condition.
Because restless leg syndrome can result in a decreased quality of sleep, this can lead to daytime sleepiness, anxiety or depression, and confusion or slowed thought processes.
Prescription medications for RLS, such as Requip (ropinirole), originally developed for Parkinson’s disease, can cost $60 a month! Not to mention the side effects -faintness, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness and “intense urges.” A Mayo Clinic study revealed that compulsive gambling appeared in participants who took ropinirole when they had no previous history of gambling.
When the best cure medical science has to offer is worse than the disease, it is time to look for other treatments.
RLS is a whole body ailment that requires a multidisciplinary approach. Reduce or eliminate contributing factors from the diet–such as alcohol and caffeine. Get some exercise. Walk three times a week for at least 30 minutes. Make sure you are eating a well balanced diet with plenty of whole food nutrients.
Place 2-3 drops Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Serenity blend, Ylang Ylang, or Marjoram on your pillow, under your nose, on temples and back of neck, or in a diffuser. This will help you get to sleep and stay asleep.
Blend 3-4 drops of any of the oils below with a several drops of Fractionated Coconut oil (carrier oil), and massage into the leg from the top of the area of concern down. This can be done daily to keep episodes away, or when episodes occur.
AromaTouch blend (basil, grapefruit, cypress, marjoram, peppermint, and lavender) - relax muscles, calm tension, soothe irritated tissue, increase circulation
Serenity blend (Lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla bean) - calming properties which create a sense of well-being and relaxation
Vetiver – balancing, grounding, soothing, calming, used to treat muscle spasms, sleep aid, muscle pain, extreme anxiety. Natural and effective alternative to ADD/ADHD medications.
Roman Chamomile - Because of its calming and relaxing properties it can help with anxiety, depression, insomnia and the related concerns. It is mild enough to use with children (dilute with a carrier) to calm in distressed situations as well as for a high fever, earaches, teething, and to help with tummy aches. Because of the varied chemical compounds, Roman Chamomile has a broad range of applications including allergies, burns, diarrhea, nausea, psoriasis, and sprains, among others.
For balanced nutrition:
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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and these ideas are not to be taken as medical advice- they are simply what works for me and those I have shared them with. Also, while essential oils are fairly safe, it is important to never, ever ingest an oil unless it specifically states it is approved for internal usage. (The cheap oils at the health food store usually are NOT.) I use and love doTERRA oils and have for the past 3 years with amazing succuss. The majority of this line of oils are ingestable and are 100% pure, therapeutic-grade with supplement information printed directly on the label.