How to Use Essential Oils to Reduce Pain Posted on 15 Jan 11:31
Approximately 100 million Americans struggle with chronic pain. That’s more people than those suffering from heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined! When it comes to treatment, we are spending an estimated $600 billion a year to manage it. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter remedies, and other expensive, often-painful treatments.
If you are one of the millions of Americans out there suffering from chronic pain, you have probably already tried some of these options including non-steroidal medications to ease aching muscles, creaking joints, migraines, stomach upset, and other persistent pains.
Oftentimes, conventional medications just don’t work. Not only that, but there is always the concern of your safety and overall health to consider when utilizing these medications. Did you know that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are one of the leading causes of accidental overdose in the U.S.? It’s true!
An accidental overdose of acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or other NSAID can cause a slew of unpleasant symptoms including blurred vision, heartburn, nausea, stomach pain, kidney damage, breathing problems, headache, drowsiness, sweating, and even death!
The good news is: you don’t have to suffer from aches and pains anymore without relief!
ESSENTIAL OILS TO THE RESCUE!
The topical use of essential oils for pain management is nothing new. In fact, the use of plant essences to relieve pain has been practiced for centuries. Today, there are so many ways you can use essential oils to help relieve your pain.
Muscle Aches: These can be caused by sprains, strains, stiffness, long hours behind a desk, intense exercise, and even chronic tension. But no matter the cause, there is an essential oil for it! Some of the best essential oils for muscle rubs include: Cinnamon, Peppermint, and Frankincense. Add just a few drops of any of these essential oils to a carrier oil of your choice and gently massage into the affected area to relax muscles and reduce aches and pains.
Joint Pain: There are a variety of analgesic, pain-relieving essential oils that, when applied topically to sore, stiff, and aching joints, can provide real relief. Further, there are other oils that offer powerful anti-inflammatory effects known to specifically address the causes of chronic joint pain, including even that of osteoarthritis. A cold compress may also be effective for reducing pain, swelling and inflammation. Those with instant pain relieving qualities (analgesic oils) include: Gingergrass, Bergamot, and Chamomile (German). Anti-inflammatory essential oils include: Turmeric, Rosemary, and Lavender.
Menstrual Cramps: The abdominal pains caused by muscle cramping during PMS can be crippling! But many essential oils provide antispasmodic properties that work to relax muscle spasms and involuntary contractions that often occur during this time. When applied topically as a rub or in a carrier oil, the essential oils of Ginger, Sweet Marjoram, and Clary Sage may provide temporary relief.
Headache: There are many different causes for headaches including stress, muscle tension, light sensitivity, and even gastrointestinal distress. Adding just a few drops of pain-relieving essential oils to specific points including the forehead, back of the neck, temples, or even the scalp may help (depending on the cause and location of the headache). These include: Eucalyptus, Spearmint, and Helichrysum.
CHOOSING A CARRIER OIL
Carrier oils are a simple and easy way to dilute essential oils. Why dilute them? Well… essential oils are very powerful and potent with volatile plant compounds so they should never be applied directly to the skin. Even when used for aromatherapy, they may irritate sinus passages or mucus membranes. Here are two of the most popular carrier oils:
Sweet Almond Oil. This nutrient-dense oil makes an ideal base for massage oil and blends easily with all plant essences. A light and smooth oil, it works to soften and nourish the skin.
Coconut Oil. Highly moisturizing, this oil makes an excellent emollient and provides a silky feeling ideal for massage. Also shelf-stable, it works as a preservative, so it’s great for making muscle and joint rubs.
A GUIDE TO DILUTION
Follow this as a guide to diluting any essential oil for a pain-relieving massage.
For infants and young children:
3-6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. This is equal to approximately a .5-1% dilution.
15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. This is equal to approximately a 2.5% dilution.
20 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. This is equal to approximately a 3% dilution.
30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. This is equal to approximately a 5% dilution.
60 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. This is equal to approximately a 10% dilution.
THE POWER OF AROMATHERAPY FOR PAIN
The active chemicals found in essential oils work in another way to relieve pain. They are actually known to affect certain areas of the brain related to the production of neurotransmitters that help to regulate everything from mood to memory and even pain sensations in the body.
Using essential oils topically is a great way to relieve pain, but the aromatherapy benefits may also help. You can administer any single essential oil or blend you like directly by adding a few drops to the palms of your hands and inhaling, via a room diffuser, through an inhaler, or by adding a few drops to your bath.
A NOTE ON QUALITY
Essential oil companies may claim to produce a high-quality oil but when using volatile plant essences for specific purposes of pain relief, it is very important to know that not all oils are created equal. While they might all smell the same, there is a BIG difference between a basic fragrance oil and a truly therapeutic-grade essential oil.
Don’t fall for marketing hype! All Healing Solutions essential oils are made, tested, and verified 100% pure and unadulterated. We care about your ultimate health and happiness and that’s why every batch of our essential oils is the result of careful sourcing, careful testing, and the hard work of dedicated professionals.