Guest Post by Trysh Sutton
Essential Oils and Pain Relief
Everyone has to deal with some type of physical pain eventually and wants instant solution for pain relief.
Whether it’s sore muscles after an intense workout, or the inevitable joint pain that come with old age, we all go through it.
Essential oils have been used for pain management for hundreds, if not, thousands of years and have passed the test of time.
Many people have discovered the healing qualities of essential oils and aromatherapy are realizing that they can be as effective (if not more) than modern day analgesics, and with fewer side effects.
Essential oils are natural, highly fragrant oils extracted from one or many parts of a plant or flower and usually sharing the scent commonly associated with its source.
The oils are extracted from the source through a variety of processes, with distillation being the main one.
Each oil has different uses, though most are known for providing benefits for physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Lavender is a fairly common scent, but did you know that lavender is one of the most effective essential oils associated with pain relief?
This essential oil can provide pain relief through a variety of methods, particular topical application and inhalation.
For most pain, simply combining a few drops of lavender oil and combining with a carrier oil such as olive, coconut or jojoba oil then massaging into the area works great to provide relief.
Lavender has also been shown to provide relief to children recovering from recent tonsillectomies, according to a study in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology.
The children in this study were able to reduce the amount of pain medicine they were taking each day simply by inhaling the scent of lavender. (1)
Studies also show that lavender essential oil can help with migraine headaches.
Again, simply inhaling the scent is usually sufficient in relieving migraine pain, but because it is a mild oil, a drop or two applied undiluted to the forehead, temples or neck area can speed up the process.
You may be familiar with rosemary, as you may have used it in the kitchen recently.
From the same herb that you cook with, the rosemary essential oil is extracted and is also a proven anti-inflammatory and is especially known for helping with rheumatism as well as other joint pain and muscle soreness.
Application is similar to lavender where a few drops combined with a carrier and massaged into problem areas provide significant pain relief.
Eucalyptus essential oil also acts as an anti-inflammatory, but you may want to pick this up if you suffer from frequent sinus congestion.
Eucalyptus oil is very strong meaning it should always be diluted if you are planning to apply it directly to your skin.
The only exception to this is if you are applying directly to insect bites or stings, which should heal quickly with the help of eucalyptus oil.
This oil is a popular pain management option in Brazilian folk medication, and has been corroborated by organized studies. (2)
The use of bergamot oil is one of the few treatments proven to control neuropathic pain caused by nerve damage.
Linalool and linalyl acetate are the most active components of the oil which contribute to its anti-inflammatory abilities. (3)
Used in Traditional Persian Medicine for centuries, rose oil is an effective analgesic that helps to manage pain by promoting blood flow and soothing inflammation.
One type of pain it has been shown to be significantly effective for is hot migraines, ie migraines caused by vasodilation.
These migraines usually come on due to menstruation, heat, over-exertion and injury.
Buying Essential Oils
Essential oils are not currently regulated by the FDA, meaning that the quality and strength of oils can vary from retailer to retailer, however, there are some easy ways to identify high quality essential oils among other sources.
A quick way to tell if the oil is truly pure or therapeutic, is that it will generally be sold in a very small (less than 25 ml usually), dark colored bottle.
It’s really worth to try them out and see if they will work their magic by giving you pain relief sooner.
However, these oils are for quick pain relief, and are not substitute for any medicine.
You still have to visit your physician for more thorough check up to determine the root cause of your pain problems.
Trysh Sutton is a wife, mother, strategic leader and teacher. She runs a website called Pure Path Essential Oils, which is a naturopathic wellness site that promotes healthy living and healing through the use of essential oils and sustainable living.
You can follow her on social media to learn more about the benefits of essential oils, and healthy living practices.
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