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Using essential oils to reduce the symptoms of Morgellons

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Morgellons is the name given to a skin condition that produces a variety of uncomfortable symptoms that include crawling, biting and stinging sensations. In addition, some sufferers of the condition report finding fibers either on the skin or beneath it. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), people who suffer from Morgellons “report a range of coetaneous symptoms including crawling, biting and stinging sensations; granules, threads or black speck-like materials on or beneath the skin; and/or skin lesions (e.g., rashes or sores) and some sufferers also report systemic manifestations such as fatigue, mental confusion, short term memory loss, joint pain, and changes in vision."

Morgellons Fibers

According to Wikipedia, Randy Wymore, “a Director of the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences” Center for the Investigation of Morgellons Disease, claims that Morgellons patients have masses of dark fibers … under the unbroken skin, while unaffected individuals do not”. Wymore sent samples of fibers to a Police Crime Lab for analysis and the results indicated that the Morgellons samples did not match any known fiber in their databases, nor could they have been human made and they did not come from a plant. Research into the cause and origin of these fibres is continuing.

Morgellons Diagnosis

Most doctors, including dermatologists, treat Morgellons as Delusional Parasitosis, a condition whereby sufferers have a delusional belief that they are infested with parasites, and patients are treated with anti-psychotic medications. Other medical personnel who believe that “Morgellons is the result of an infectious process” (Wikipedia) suggest that patients take anti-biotic, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic medications.

Whether Morgellons is “real” or “imagined”, patients who believe they have Morgellons are suffering from symptoms that are causing them distress – itching, stinging, anxiety and often sores caused by scratching affected areas. A number of these symptoms can and have been treated using essential oils.

Essential oils for Itching

Perhaps one of the worst symptoms of Morgellon”s is the constant sensation of itching, crawling and stinging on the skin. To alleviate the immediate itch, a patient should apply Chamomile hydrosol to a makeup pad or cotton ball and wipe around the affected area. Apply as often as needed.

Treating Lesions with Essential Oils

Lesions and subsequent infections are one of the side effects of scratching affected areas. Constant scratching can make your skin dry and damaged. In the daytime, add 20 drops in total of the following essential oils - Black Spruce essential oil, Cinnamon essential oil, Clove essential oil, Lemon essential oil, Origanum (oregano) essential oil, Tea Tree essential oil and Thyme essential oil- to 60mls of a natural base cream. Stir well and apply to the skin. At night, add 20 drops in total of the following essential oils - Black Spruce, Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Oregano, Tea Tree and Thyme - to 60mls of a carrier oil (such as Sweet Almond Oil) and massage onto the skin or add to the bath.

Essential Oils and Cleanliness

Keeping your home clean and germ free is the key to preventing further infections. Tea Tree hydrosol is one of nature”s own natural disinfectants and is useful in many applications around the home. Keep a bottle handy to spray on the telephone, computer keyboard, kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

Treating some of the symptoms and side effects of Morgellons Disease can be accomplished by using essential oils to reduce the itching, treating and preventing lesions and preventing further infection.

This article was first published at Suite 101 on July 8, 2009 and is republished here as per the terms of our agreement with Suite 101. Visit Suite 101 to read all of our articles.


*This is educational information and any opinions expressed here-in do not replace professional medical advice. If you are ill, see a suitably qualified medical practitioner.*

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