5 Essential Oils for Pain Relief
If you’re getting tired of feeling like you’re living on prescription medications, it might be time to start incorporating essential oils into your pain relief methods. While they may not replace all of your medications, there’s a good chance you can at least cut back on some.
If you want a break from that agony you’ve been experiencing, you need to first determine the source of the pain. It’s much like deciding which pain medicine you would take. If it’s something like a headache, you would likely choose acetaminophen, whereas if your pain is caused by inflammation, you would probably reach for ibuprofen. The same is true for choosing essential oils because they each have their own specific properties.
Here are five suggestions of essential oils that work for pain and how to use them.
Chances are you’ve heard of Lavender because it’s very widely used and easy to find. It’s often found in soaps and bath products or sachets meant to help with sleep. What you may not realize is that it’s also very effective for pain relief.
One of the most common uses of it for pain is to help relieve headaches. It’s also effective for nerve, joint, and menstrual pain. But don’t let the floral scent fool you, it’s not just for women. Its powerful anti-inflammatory property helps with swelling and joint pain, as well as a whole lot of other woes.
You can use this oil by inhaling the scent to provide a calming effect or by applying directly to the skin. For a headache, you can combine lavender oil with a carrier oil and rub it onto the forehead, back of the neck and temples.
The first thing that comes to your mind when you think of ginger is probably cooking, not helping with aches and pains! It may surprise you to know that it’s also a very effective natural anti-inflammatory.
There have been studies done that show people with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis used ginger oil and experienced less swelling and pain. If you’re concerned that these are long term conditions and this is a short-term solution, you don’t have to worry as no side effects have been documented even after long term use.
To help with your arthritis and sore muscles you can combine a few drops of the oil into a carrier oil and use it like a massage oil. Rub it onto the skin in the affected areas and it will start to provide relief.
For anyone who has suffered from tooth pain and researched different remedies the suggestion to try clove oil has likely appeared. There’s scientific proof for this one that says it has the same numbing effect as benzocaine, which is what dentists often use prior to the needle for freezing.
This is another one that’s also very effective in treating pain caused by inflammation. It’s the naturally occurring eugenol found in the clove oil that’s responsible for the relief.
This oil is quite strong and needs to be combined with a carrier oil prior to applying to the skin. Because of it’s potency there can be a chance of skin irritation with prolonged use.
While we don’t suggest essential oil ingestion, you can safely apply it with a carrier oil along the outside of the jaw where the pain is located.
This oil has long been used by Native Americans. They would grind the leaves of the wintergreen plant to help treat infections. You may not realize it by the name, but you know what it is. This is what’s responsible for mint-flavoured gum or pain rubs with that minty fresh smell.
This one is a beautiful product of nature with naturally occurring methyl salicylate, which is the same ingredient that gives aspirin its pain-relieving powers.
Use it with caution as it’s considered a “hot” oil. Used without a carrier oil, it can cause irritation to the skin.
If you’re suffering from muscle pain, try using peppermint oil. It’s been found to improve muscle pain and spasms with its antispasmodic and analgesic properties. No matter whether it’s pain from sports injuries or chronic issues, your muscles will benefit.
Peppermint is another “hot” oil that shouldn’t be used without being combined with a carrier oil. The best way to use it is to make a cream by mixing it with whipped coconut oil. Rub it onto the skin where muscles are sore and it will help provide relief while making your skin soft at the same time.
There are so many essential oils out there that provide some sort of pain relief, but hopefully this gives you an introduction into some of their uses and cures.
If you’re living with pain and feel nothing is working, you have nothing to lose by reaching for essential oils. There’s an oil for every type of pain and if you don’t like the scent of one, you can always try another.