Essential oils can be a powerful and effective ally when looking to relieve pain. Whether you are suffering from an injury, a muscle spasm, headaches or chronic conditions, like arthritis or nerve damage, essential oils offer a simple and easy solution that really works.
What are essential oils – a quick reminder:
Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic extracts that are steam distilled from a variety of different plant materials like, roots, seeds, flowers, leaves, woods, fruit peels and resins.
Containing hundreds of active aromatic compounds, essential oils have the ability to affect change both physiologically and psychologically when applied to our skin, or by just simply smelling them.
When interacting with our bodies, the active compounds found in essential oils display a wide range of therapeutic properties; from combating bacteria and viruses, to supporting our immunity, soothing anxiety and relieving pain.
And when we are looking to relieve pain and discomfort, we want to make sure we find tools that will help do the following:
- Dull the pain
- Reduce inflammation
- Soothe muscle tension
- Release muscle spasms
Here are 3 Essential oils that are great for pain relief
Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) essential oil: Effective for dulling pain and reducing inflammation, while also combating infection. It’s warming, spicy and protective.
Marjoram (Origanum majorana) essential oil: Effective antispasmodic, known to improve circulation and disperse tension, muscle tightness and cramping Warming, spicy and immune supportive.
Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) essential oil: Powerful anti-inflammatory that soothes irritation, calms anxiety and supports healing. Sweet smelling, and cooling, Chamomile quiets the mind and eases away tension in our physical body.
3 easy and simple ways to use essential oils to relieve pain
An Aromatic Bath: Add between 10 – 12 drops of essential oils into a cup of epson salts, mix well and then pour into a warm bath immediately before stepping in.
Massage Oil: In 2 TBSP of vegetable oil, like sunflower, almond, or jojoba oil, add about 25 drops of essential oil and mix well. Once well blended, massage deeply on sore area. This method works well with heating pads and hot compresses.
Cooling Gel: In 2 TBSP of Aloe Vera Gel, add about 25 drops of essential oil and mix well. Gently rub on area that hurts. Chilling the gel before use can enhance its cooling and anti-inflammatory actions, as well as icing the affected area, after the gel has been applied.
Looking to find some relief from headaches?
Join the upcoming Essential Oils for Headaches class. In this class you’ll find out how essential oils can ease away the symptoms and duration of common and chronic headaches.
You can learn more about the class here