Essential oils have been known for aromatherapy and possibly for skincare. But whoever heard of an essential oil being used for pain relief. But who heard of sweet-smelling essential oils used for pain relief. You know pain relief is usually left for Tylenol or Advil the big pain relief medicines. Now, there is talk of essential oils being used as deflectors of pain. Have you ever heard of Bufferin essential oil, Tylenol essential oil or Advil essential oil? You probably answered no because in most cases people don’t equate essential oils with pain relief. But apparently there are some top essential oils out there that are challenging and in some cases changing that perception. Continue reading and you will see what I mean.
Essential oils may have been around since the beginning of time. The oils are extracted from stems, petals, roots, and other parts of the plant. The oil is extracted by a process known as steam distillation. They have sweet smelling scents but they can be used for many different purposes and I guess you have caught the drift by now they have many useful health benefits to offer. The oil can also be used for muscle tension, neuropathy,(disease or dysfunction of one or more peripheral nerves, typically causing numbness or weakness.) inflammatory, and much more. Essential oils are very versatile in their use and some are better than others in treating pain relief. It seems like lately they have begun to gain popularity as a pain relievers. Don’t worry if you are sensitive to a particular essential oil there are many more options for you to explore.
The first trick is to know how to use essential oils as pain relievers. It is common knowledge that essential oils used in their pure form are just too strong in the fragrance department. Your best bet is to dilute them with carrier oils such as olive oil, jojoba oil or castor oil, avocado, sweet almond, apricot kernel, sesame oil. Another suggestion is to try a particular essential oil on the skin to see if it gives an allergic reaction or not. If you see no reactions within 24 hours the oil should be safe for you to use. Generally, the mixture between the carrier oil and the essential oil varies in dosage. But the general rule of thumb is 4 to 10 drops of essential oil to every tablespoon of carrier oil. Be careful with the mixture because the carrier oils have therapeutic properties of their own.This will enhance the properties of the essential oils. Essential oils have been known to work well for chronic pain and would be a welcome addition to any pain management program. They may work well on chronic pain caused by arthritis and sciatica. There is the possibility that essential oils may relieve pain to the point that prescription medications aren’t needed. But to be safe consult your doctor about this before you remove pain medications from your routine in favor of essential oils.
1. Sweet Lavender
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils to use on pain. It is antimicrobial, pain relieving, and relaxing in its nature. When you inhale the vapors, whether from the bottle directly or diffused through a diffuser. The aroma will relax any inner muscle tension and relieve any anxiety and tension which are root causes for many painful conditions.
2. Lavender Essential Oil Part 2
Lavender in a bath can be very soothing for joint and muscle pain and for stress. If you choose to use it at bedtime it can help you sleep better with less stress, ache and pain. It is claimed by studies that if you don’t sleep well it could increased pain levels. It is suggested that if you combine chamomile and lavender oils that it may improve your quality of sleep. Thereby decreasing pain levels and stress. Using these two essential oils in a bath will accomplish the same ends.
Other uses for Lavender Essential Oils:
Add 10-12 drops of essence of lavender oil to an 8 or 16 oz Spritzer bottle filled with water, and spray. This is a potential deterrent to pain and itch caused by a mosquito bite.
Reduce Swelling and Sore Muscles. Add lavender oil to ointment you use to relieve aches and pains. Some mums I know dab a little lavender oil on swollen lips
3. Chamomile Oil
Can help with TMJ, (Temporomandibular Joint ) neuralgia, lower back and muscular pain, headaches as well as stress and PMS that can cause digestive problems. It will blend very well with lavender and it will also blend well with many other oils. Chamomile has a great therapeutic and soothing effect on the skin, mind, and body. It calms body systems and promotes a healthy inflammatory response from the body.
4. Clary Sage
Once you add it to massage oils it can help cramping, muscle aches and muscle spasms. But be warned that you should never use clary sage with alcohol or on a night before you are going to have a glass of wine or some cocktails because it can be dangerous and lead to increased effects from the alcohol. Clary sage is said to be quite effective when used with chamomile for menstrual and PMS conditions. Inhaling clary sage directly may soothe nervous tension, lighten the mood, and create a sense of euphoria but don’t ever take it internally. You should use this oil sparingly and cautiously.
Juniper essential oil has many uses but specifically for pain it’s anti-rheumatic and anti-spasmodic properties really will take care of your pain. If you apply juniper essential oil in a lotion or cream it can help with reducing muscle spasms and joint and muscle pains and aches that are related to fibromyalgia, arthritis and other similar ailments. Juniper is supposed to help with nerves as well and with regular use may help with neuropathic pain. Be warned though that juniper has stimulant properties and you should take it early in the day so you can sleep at night.
Eucalyptus properties are much like those of juniper. If you use it topically then it has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. You can use it as a lotion or cream and massage it into the painful areas. Or you can use it as a bath oil or salt in a bath. It is effective in treating nerve pain, sprains, strains and muscular pains and aches. It is said to work well with other oils especially lavender but be careful because it can be dangerous if used in large amounts.
Rosemary can help with headaches and joint and muscle pain. It is claimed to said to help with enhancing memory, concentration and mental alertness. It also has an antidepressant effect which may help with depression. This oil may help with emotional pain. Rosemary blends well with clary sage, peppermint, chamomile, and lavender. It is recommended that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding shouldn’t use this oil.
8. Peppermint Patty
Peppermint oil is effective for headaches and migraines. Peppermint oil has anti-spasmodic properties which make it effective in treating arthritis and intestinal problems. It is a great natural healing agent. Among the many uses peppermint oil is great for relieving tension from muscular aches and spasms. It will calms muscles in the lower back, reduces tension headaches caused by fibromyalgia. To treat headaches blend 4 drops of peppermint oil with a tablespoon of jojoba oil, olive oil or some other type of carrier oil. Take a small amount of whatever mixture you use and massage it to the temples this will help ease the pain of the headache. Keep it away from your eyes the solution. If you add a couple drops of lavender oil or a drop or two of rosemary oil to peppermint it will enhance the effect of relieving the pain.
9. Yarrow Essential Oil
Yarrow essential oil extracted from the yarrow plant this oil is a very potent pain reliever. Its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties contain salicylic acid which is the driving force behind the analgesic effect of aspirin. The oil can be applied topically on inflamed joints to increase movement and reduce the symptoms arthritis and rheumatic pain.
10. Clove Essential Oil
Clove oil is one of the earliest essential oils to be used medicinally. It gives a burning sensation when applied to the skin in its undiluted form. It’s a great healing agent for treating toothache. A few drops of clove oil can be mixed into warm water and used as a throat gargle to help reduce throat pain. Clove oil can be mixed with jojoba oil or olive oil and be massaged into the affected area to bring relief from muscle, joint pain, and soreness.
More Essential Oil Applications for Pain Relief
Massage 1-2 drops of essential oils for pain into the area of concern daily or as desired.
Massage several drops into the area, and apply a hot or cold compress.
Massage 1-2 drops into the area several times a day or as desired.
Massage 1-2 drops over the area of concern 2-3 times a day. Use consistently in conjunction with physical therapy to ensure proper physical alignment.
Boil some water, pour it in a large bowl and add a few drops of the chosen essential oils. Put a towel over your head and inhale the mixture for about 10 minutes. repeat as desired.
Lightly apply 1 drop over the bruise, careful not to put any significant pressure on it. (Massaging bruise is a no-no.)
Massage 1-2 drops into the feet twice a day.
Massage 1-2 drops over the area as desired or several times a day.
Apply 1 drop to the forehead or back of the neck every one hour or as desired. Careful of the eyes…it might make them water!
Massage 1-2 drops of essential oils for pain into the area of concern or the soles of the feet daily or as desired.
Apply 1-2 drops over the area of concern several times a day.
Massage 1-2 drops over the area, moving with the lymphatic system (toward the heart). Also, consider an oil like Spearmint.
Massage 1-2 drops into the area of concern followed with a hot or cold compress, heating pad or ice pack.
Massage 1-2 drops into the area of concern using either heat or cold afterwards.
Meniscus (torn or injured)
Massage 1-2 drops into the area daily or as it’s bothering you.
Massage 1-2 drops of essential oils for pain over the area or into the reflex points of the feet.
Massage 1-2 drops over the area of concern as needed or several times a day.
Massage 1-2 drops over the area of concern as needed or several times a day.
Massage 1-2 drops of essential oils for pain over the area of concern and follow with ice for 24 hours. Seek medical treatment.
Apply several drops over the area and apply a hot compress or heating pad for 30 minutes. Do this as desired, up to several times a day.
Massage several drops daily along the spine and any secondary sources of discomfort associated with scoliosis.
Massage 1-2 drops of essential oils for pain over the hips and low back twice a day or as needed.
Gently massage several drops into the area up to every 2-3 hours.
Massage 1-2 drops into the area daily and as needed.
Massage several drops over the area of concern and surrounding or related areas as needed.
Gently massage several drops of essential oils for pain over any area of pain, as well as surrounding areas several times a day.
Blend 4 drops of essential oil with one tablespoon of a carrier oil and apply a small amount of the mixture to the temples and massage gently.
Use a few drops of Marjoram oil or clove essential oils for effective toothache remedy.
Wintergreen is not as well-known for fighting pain as some of the other essential oils. But it can hold its own in helping to reduce pains that creep up in the body. It is very effective in treating headaches, menstrual cramps, nerve pain, and arthritis. It has all the same properties as aspirin in fighting these various aches and pains. But it is safer to use than aspirin because it doesn’t have the side effects aspirin can have. Even though aspirin really has never been known to have any serious or minor side effects after being taken. There are no conclusive studies to confirm that aspirin has any side effects when taken on its own. Aspirin is supposed to relieve pain not add more pain to the body. If you drink one gallon of vodka and then take some aspirin then you are asking for trouble. This could be a fatal combination but this is an extreme example. Wintergreen is a wonderful natural pain reliever. It my not as well known as some of the other essential oils but it will still pack a wallop when taken for pain relief.
12. Blue Tansy
Blue Tansy is a rare essential oil that has to have optimal growing conditions to thrive in. Because of these limited growing conditions this essential oil is harder to get a hold of. But it is an effective pain reliever nevertheless. It has natural anti-inflammatory and pain- relieving compounds. It may help to lower blood pressure, stop the pain from rheumatism and arthritis. It has been used as a pain reliever for years. It is supposed to have its origins in Morocco. Blue tansy is non-toxic and non-irritating. It works best if it is kept at a 95% purity rate when mixed with other oils. It has a very sweet smell.
History suggests that blue tansy may have been used medicinally first by he Greeks. In the 16th century it was used in the “garden” in Britain and it was also used in skin creams for its sweet smelling aroma. It was used as an anti-inflammatory agent because of its superior anti-inflammatory properties. It may not be aswell-known as some of the other essential lis but it probably has been around longer than most essential oils.
So we have seen the many uses the above essential oils have in helping to remove various forms of pain from the body. The one thing noted is that essential oils are natural pain relievers but without the side effects manmade pain relievers may carry. The price of these essential oils may be high but they don’t be as high as some of the prescribed pain relievers can be. So if you decide to go the route of natural pain relievers you may save yourself some money. It is reported that essential oils will work very effectively to reduce pain.