Essential Oils Blend for Pain
Pain is one of the most common, as well as the most distressing medical symptom you can have, but remember, you’re not alone. Daily pain is experienced by tens of millions of Europeans and is one of the most common reasons for days off work! Scientific studies have shown that essential oils can be an effective remedy for pain relief.
Essential oils are particularly useful in the management of chronic pain as in the case of arthritis and sciatica. What makes them even more special is that, besides easing the pain, they help remedy at least some of the conditions that caused the pain. For instance, when peppermint essential oil is used on aching muscles, it not only relieves pain but improves blood circulation to the area, reducing the inflammation that causes the pain. Likewise, the lavender essential oil commonly used to relieve headaches and neck pain also helps reduce the stress and anxiety that could be the underlying cause of these painful conditions.
Lavender and peppermint essential oils are popular pain relievers for general use, but there are a number of other essential oils that can be used for specific conditions such as:
Chamomile is popular as a flowering plant and chamomile oil, with its characteristic dark blue colour, can be extracted from its flowers. Chamomile oil is a famous anti-inflammatory agent, and can alleviate lower back pain, muscle pain/spasms and premenstrual aches.
Rosemary has an extensive range of health benefits, making it one of the most popular essential oils. The oil is usually extracted from rosemary leaves and can be used in cooking.
Rosemary has antispasmodic and analgesic effects, and it can alleviate joint, muscle, and back pain
through boosting blood circulation.
Wintergreen is a general painkiller and is a powerful treatment for painful conditions such as menstrual cramping and arthritis. To extract the oil, wintergreen leaves are steam-distilled. Wintergreen oil is rich in a compound called methyl salicylate, which acts in a similar way to aspirin. Wintergreen essential oil can quickly kill pain and has a cortisone-type effect, with antispasmodic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
People use this oil for its grounding, balancing and calming effects. It’s also known to have warming, antiseptic, antispasmodic and immune-boosting properties. Moreover, vetiver has the ability to stimulate the circulatory system whilst relaxing the nervous system. It alleviates general aches and pains, particular those associated with arthritis, rheumatism and muscular pain.
This pungent warming oil is extracted from the bark and leaves of the eucalyptus tree. This powerful decongestant has anti-inflammatory properties that contribute to pain relief in case of sinus congestion and muscle injuries. Being a very strong oil, it should be diluted with coconut oil when applying on the skin, except when used to treat insect stings and bites.
Depending on the origin of the pain, choose one of the oils above. Combine with carrier oil and rub onto the affected areas.