Essential oils seem to possess really miraculous powers; there seems to be no end to the use they can be put to at home as beauty and health aid; relieving pain is of the most useful things these fragrant oils are capable of. More powerful than ordinarily assumed, essential oils are capable of not only delivering significant pain relief but also alleviating muscular tension, migraines, inflammation, and neuropathy.
It is quite surprising that most people seem to be unaware of the many qualities of these amazing oils. These extracts from plants and flowers find application in numerous creams and lotions, massage oils, bath oils, as well as oils for easing pain arising out of a number of bodily afflictions. The good thing is that even if you are allergic to one essential oil, there are others that can do the same job just as effectively. Easily made at home or purchased from the store, some of the most popular essential oils for pain management are:
The essential oil of the lavender flower has long been used for its pain relieving properties as well as its ability to counter microbes. The vapor can be inhaled directly from the bottle or diffused in the air to help relief stress and reduce the tension in the muscles.
Whichever method you choose, lavender oil is very effective in reducing the level of pain. You can also place a few drops of the oil on your temples and gently massage the area for instant relief. Another way of using lavender oil is to use it in your bath water in the evening. You will not only get pain relief but also a better quality of sleep due to reduced stress level. Scientific studies have established a direct correlation between the quality of sleep and the level of pain experienced. When you take a bath with a mix of lavender oil and chamomile you get a far superior quality of sleep that helps in countering the extent of pain and stress felt.
The addition of Clary sage to massage oils has an extremely beneficial effect on muscle cramps, aches, and spasms. As muscle release oil, it is extremely powerful and you should be careful in using only very small amounts. Used with chamomile, it can be quite effective in the treatment of PMS and menstrual problems. The inhalation of Clary sage can soothe tension in the nervous system, lighten your mood and lead you to feel euphoric.
Chamomile has been used for long for its well-established anti-inflammatory effect. It has found effective use in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders, neuralgia; muscular and lower back pain, headaches arising out of stress, and PMS that are also known to cause problems in digestion. It is common to blend chamomile with lavender oil though you can use it very well indeed with other essential oils. Chamomile has a very soothing effect on the bodily systems; and thus finds extensive use as an application on the skin.
While the essential oil of juniper has quite a number of uses, its use in pain relief is the most significant. It possesses extremely strong anti-spasmodic and anti-rheumatic properties. When mixed in a cream or lotion, juniper essential oil is extremely helpful in reducing muscular spasms as well as pain in the joints and muscular system, especially those that are associated with diseases like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and the like. The regular use of juniper helps reduce neuropathic pain but since it acts as a stimulant it is best to use it at bedtime as it may interfere with the quality of sleep.
The oil of eucalyptus acts in a way that is quite similar to juniper. You can use it in an ointment or as a bath salt or oil for treating pain in the nerves, strains, and sprains, as well as other muscular pains. You can blend it with other essential oils but use carefully as large quantities can be toxic.