1. Lavender – I have this one top on my list because many people see it as only an oil to use for relaxation, but it is also very useful for pain relief. It relaxes muscles, causing pain to be relieved in this way. However, it also helps with sleep. Pain relief can be drastically increased by lack of sleep, and on the other hand, pain relief can be the CAUSE of lack of sleep. Lavender helps relax individuals enough to allow them sleep, helping with pain relief from the inside out.
How to use: Lavender is a hot oil, meaning it should always be diluted before use. This can be done by adding two drops of lavender oil to a carrier oil such as coconut oil, grapeseed oil, or jojoba oil or lotion or cream. Once mixed, it can be applied directly to the source of the pain. Also, apply to the base of the skull for maximum relaxation properties. It can also be used by adding a couple drops of lavender to a warm bath with Epsom salt and soaking in it for 20-30 minutes.
2. Peppermint – This is a great one for headaches, migraines, and muscle pain relief. It has many pain-relieving qualities similar to menthol, but it is, of course, completely natural. It can be used for Fibromyalgia and Arthritis pain as well as basic muscle pain such as a sore back.
How to use: Peppermint oil should be applied similarly to lavender oil by mixing it with a carrier oil like coconut oil. Be sure to keep it away from your eyes, as it is strong and can burn, but mixing it with lavender can maximize its pain-relieving qualities. For use on headaches or migraines, apply a small amount to your temples (near the hairline and away from the eyes) and on your neck at the base of the skull.
3. Frankincense – Frankincense is the cure-all of essential oils. It is a natural treatment for many different ailments, pain included. One of its main qualities is that it can inhibit the production of inflammatory molecules that cause muscle and joint pain such as Arthritis.
How to use: Add Frankincense to the bath with Lavender and Epsom salt or mix with a carrier oil. Frankincense should be used just like Lavender oil and should be applied directly to the pain site.
4. Myrrh – Another oil with anti-inflammatory properties, Myrrh is great for muscle and joint pain. “A study published in Scientific Reports showed that frankincense and myrrh are highly effective in treatment of inflammatory diseases, especially when combined. The study revealed that frankincense and myrrh, especially when used together, suppress inflammation and the intensity of joint inflammation. Results showed that the individual extract of frankincense or myrrh and combined extracts used to treat groups showed significant differences when compared with the arthritis control group” (Dr. Axe).
How to use: Combine with Frankincense and apply directly to the source of pain or add to the Lavender and Frankincense bath.
All of the above oils can be used for muscle pain, joint pain, bone pain, bruises, spasms, nerve pain, etc. However, it should be noted that for extreme pain or immobility, a doctor should be consulted. These oils can treat the symptoms (and sometimes even the causes) of the pain.
Strongsville Massage emphasizes and encourages natural and healthy living. Therefore, when essential oils, in combination with massage therapy, may be used in place of opioids and other pain relieving medications. Try Aromatherapy massage at Strongsville Massage for additional natural pain relief and relaxation.