Essential oils are fascinating for their ability to change mood through scent. But they do much more than just relieve depression and anxiety. Some also treat pain. Whether it’s mild or chronic pain, essential oils can provide pain and tension relief while reducing inflammation in a range of ailments.
Before reaching for aspirin, ibuprofen, Tylenol, or some prescription muscle relaxer, consider essential oils first. They are organic and made from 100% natural plants! They can be very effective – addressing pain right at the source and are without the side effects associated with painkiller drugs: liver damage, nausea, and increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
A number of pain-relieving oils come from the mint family. You can identify mint related plants by their square stems, and aromatic leaves that are traditionally used to season food. Some pain relieving mint relatives include basil, thyme and marjoram.
Peppermint has a familiar scent (cool and refreshing) and when applied topically has a simultaneous hot-and-cold sensation. Peppermint is easy to grow and its leaves are rich in essential oils, which make it one of the lowest priced oils available. peppermint is good for headaches, inflamed joints and general muscle aches. Peppermint is also good for injuries, swelling, sunburns, rashes, bug bites and arthritis.
Rosemary is an energizing oil. When it comes to pain, consider rosemary for both tension headaches and migraines. Use preventively for best results. Like peppermint, rosemary encourages mental alertness. Its savory, evergreen, slightly medicinal scent has become a popular ingredient in many skin and hair care products.
Lavender is another mint from the Mediterranean, lavender is the gentlest of this family. Where peppermint and rosemary are stimulating, lavender calms. It is good for headaches, muscle spasm, menstrual cramps, burns, cuts, scrapes, as well as postoperative pain. The sleepy scent of lavender is used to reduce stress, ease tension, and encourage relaxation. Consider this sedating oil when pain accompanies nervousness and anxiety.
Frankincense and Myrrh, both oils are good to apply topically for trauma or arthritis, as well as for general muscle pain, haemorrhoids, postoperative pain, dry, cracked skin and fading old scar tissue.
Camphor is a resin found in many pain-relieving balms and ointments. It has a strong, cool, mentholated smell that is very stimulating (moves the blood), but also relaxes the muscles. It is good for all types of muscle pain and inflammation and is a great choice for nerve pain. This anaesthetic oil temporarily numbs the area of application.
Applying the right combination of essential oils on affected areas is an effective way to relieve joint pain. These oils also reduce muscle spasms and muscle tension and create a soothing effect.
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