How to Use Essential Oils for Natural Pain Relief!
by Janice FERGUSON on Nov 28, 2021
We all experience aches and pains at different points during our lives. But did you know that essential oils can be used as a natural remedy for pain relief?
While essential oils won’t cure chronic aches and pains, they can definitely be used to support your recovery, relieve uncomfortable symptoms, and improve your wellbeing.
From headaches to cramps and sore muscles, keep reading as we share the best essential oils for natural pain relief, and our top tips for using them effectively.
Which essential oils are best for pain relief?
Essential oils have their own unique properties and benefits - so when it comes to pain relief, it’s important to choose the right oils for the job.
Essential oils with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties are ideal for soothing aches and pains. These oils include:
- Tea tree oil
- Rosemary oil
- Peppermint oil
- Marjoram oil
- Chamomile oil
- Lavender oil
- Ginger oil
- Copaiba oil
There are many ways to use essential oils for natural pain relief. You can diffuse them using an essential oil diffuser, apply them topically as a gentle massage, or add them to a soothing bath soak. Read on as we share some of the best ways to use essential oils for headaches, joint pain, cramps and more.
How to use essential oils for headaches
If you suffer from stress-related headaches or migraines, you’ll want to keep lavender oil, tea tree oil and rosemary oil on hand. Try gently massaging a few drops of these oils (diluted with a carrier oil) into your neck, temples and forehead. Alternatively, you could use an essential oil diffuser or inhale them directly from their bottles when you feel a headache approaching.
How to use essential oils for back pain
Struggling with back pain? The best essential oils for back pain relief include marjoram, peppermint, ginger and lavender. Simply dilute your chosen oils with a carrier oil and massage gently into your back, focusing on the pain points - you might need to ask a partner or friend to help with this. You can also add a couple of drops of essential oils to a hot or cold compress and apply directly to sore areas.
How to use essential oils for joint pain
Sore, achy and inflamed muscles are common after strenuous exercise. The best essential oils for joint pain include chamomile, lavender and tea tree. These oils can have a soothing, cooling effect on sore muscles.
A great way to relieve joint pain and inflammation is through a relaxing essential oil bath soak. Simply add a few drops of your chosen essential oils along with some Epsom salts to a warm bath, and soak for at least half an hour. Alternatively, you could try diluting the oils with a carrier oil and massaging gently into the affected area.
How to use essential oils for swelling and inflammation
Sports injuries, sprains and muscle strains can often lead to painful swelling and inflammation. Essential oils like lavender, geranium and juniper can help to reduce swelling thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties. Try mixing these oils with a carrier oil and gently massaging the inflamed area, or add them to a damp cloth and wrap them around your hot and cold packs before applying to the skin.
How to use essential oils for menstrual cramps
Dealing with uncomfortable menstrual cramps? Lavender, copaiba and clary sage oil may help to relieve your symptoms. Try diluting these oils with a carrier oil and massaging gently on your abdomen to ease discomfort.
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