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What Are The Best Essential Oils For Pain?

Pain is hard enough to deal with, however chronic pain is worse. When using prescriptions for pain they can be addictive, expensive, and have side effects. If you have ever experienced pain you know how desperate some may get for relief.

Life is full of aches and pains, some pains come and go, and some can be minor to major pain. Pain can come after a long day or stress. Some common types of pain are headaches, joint pains, muscle aches, and the most common one is back pain.The medical field claims that more than 80% of people will have lower back pain at least once in their life.

Essential oils are a natural, non-addictive organic way to deal with pain. Some try physical therapy and in conjunction with Essential Oils makes healing the pain less stressful and a healthier solution. With Essential Oil and aromatherapy combined treatments like massage therapy and acupuncture results are increased.

There are different methods that can be used for helping with pain by taking essential oils that are known for relieving pain symptoms and applying a compress, or by giving a massage, or using in a footbath.

The application of essential oils can be the most invigorating and enjoyable natural ways to manage everyday pain, whether mild or chronic.  Essential oils are naturally potent and highly concentrated oils from plants that modern medicines are derived from, without the any added chemicals.

Depending on the area and type of pain the many choices of essential oils can be applied directly to pressure points or used in massage lotions combined with a base oil or just mixed with water.

Aromatherapy with essential oils can be of benefit as an inhalant, while being applied topically for pain. The aromatic oils will stimulate and calm the mind while soothing the physical pain. Pain causes stress and with the release of stress and tension will allow the body’s own healing process.

The Best Essential Oils for Pain

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood Essential Oil is a staple in Ayurvedic medicine and often used to treat muscle spasms, lymph node congestion and sciatica.  The oil is also effective in relieving many skin irritations as poison ivy and insect bites due to the anti-inflammatory nature.  Sandalwood Essential Oil is great for pain with its refreshing feel to the skin. The oil smells rich and earthy and promotes deeper sleep with a calm state of mind.

Sandal Essential Oil will support both the digestive and cardiovascular systems, which aid in relieving pain. Sandalwood Oil can also be combined with a base oil and applied to areas of pain including the bottoms of the feet.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is one of the favorites of essential oil enthusiasts for the aroma combined with the relaxation and pain relief. Lavender Essential Oil is considered to be one of the gentlest essential oils for the skin.  The lovely smelling Lavender can help to relieve mental distress mood swings, anxiety and depression.

Traditionally, Lavender Oil is used to treat headaches, tension, insomnia, muscle strain and various cramps.  The oil will also aid the digestive system, therefore relieving many types of stomach discomfort. With the oil’s antiseptic properties it naturally help wounds heal.

Lavender Essential Oil is used for painful conditions of migraine headaches, toothaches, sprains, nerve pain, back pain, and joint pain.

The botanical name for Lavender is Lavandula officinalis and the plant’s flower is the part used for Lavender Essential Oil. The extraction method used is steam distillation. The Lavender plant originated in France and grows about one meter in height with long thin purple-blue flowers. The entire Lavender plant is covered with oil glands and these glands are actually star-shaped hairs that cover the plant.

Marjoram Essential Oil

The Marjoram we are referring to is the herb. Marjoram has been referred to as “wintersweet” or “joy of the mountains”. The word Marjoram comes from a Greek words “oros” and “ganos” meaning “joy of the mountains”. The Marjoram Essential Oil is great to relax muscles and eliminate spasms. Marjoram acts a natural muscle relaxer without any side effects that you may have with prescription medications for pain.

Marjoram Essential Oil is a great replacement for other oils as tea tree essential oil for a change in aroma. The aroma of Marjoram Oil affects the mind and is mentally strengthening and relaxing, calming the nerves. The aroma of Marjoram Oil is a spicy woody scent.

Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress Essential Oil is fantastic for circulation and is best used by rubbing clockwise in little circles moving up towards the heart. Rubbing in the direction that the blood is flowing moves the blood towards the hear to aid in better circulation. Blood circulation does help relieve pain as well; this is why therapeutic massages are recommended with aches and pains.

The botanical name for Cypress is Cupressus sempervirens. The needles and twigs are what are extracted for steam distillation.  The aroma of Cypress is fresh, green, evergreen aroma with balsamic undertones.

Spain, France, and Morocco are the largest producing countries for Cypress. For thousands of years Marjoram has been used a cleansing incense for several Nepalese and Tibetan cultures.  The Greeks and Romans planted the Cypress trees outside of temples and burial grounds.

Frankincense Essential Oil

The botanical name for Frankincense is Boswellia serrata, however it is well-known for being called “The King of Oils.” The aromatic scent of Frankincense Essential Oil is a rich woody, earthy scent and a deeply mysterious nuance.

Frankincense is considered the most power anti-inflammatory oil that you can get. Being a power house against inflammation is a major factor in relieving pain of any sort. Frankincense Essential Oil will also heal and regenerate tissue. What an amazing natural remedy.

Frances Masters

Frances Masters is a BACP accredited psychotherapist with over 30,000 client hours of experience. Follow her @fusioncoachuk, or visit The Integrated Coaching Academy for details about up coming training.