Pain - There are many ways to deal with pain. You can numb it, reduce inflammation and swelling, use heat and penetrate it or you can stop it with the brain, or short circuit it, or relax and sedate it.
Clove bud, Frankincense, Chamomile, Helichrysum, Lavender and Lemongrass. These oils help to numb the nerve endings.
These oils work to help dull the pain.
German or Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Helichrysum, Juniper, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Rose and Tea Tree.
These oils help to relieve swelling and inflammation. Once nerves aren't being 'squeezed' pain is often times lessened.
Bay Laurel, Black pepper, Cinnamon, Clove bud, Ginger, Juniper, Peppermint and Thyme.
Oils that penetrate deep into tissues produce heating sensations. This will increase the blood supply to these areas and bring relief this way too.
Marjoram, Rosemary and Sage.
These bring relief deep into the tissues.
- you can try Frankincense, Ginger and Lemongrass.
They act on the center of the brain that registers pain sensations. These oils are best when inhaled.
Birch and Ginger are great oils to use for this but birch should be used carefully as it is a strong oil.
Birch has components similar to aspirin and is great for muscle aches and pains.
Often times just relaxing can help alleviate pain.
Chamomile, Clary sage, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Eucalyptus, Marjoram, Melissa, Myrtle and Petitgrain.
These oils can be used in diffusers, the bath or in massage oils.
Now after I've listed oils to use for pain - the best way is to pick one to 4 oils that are in the lists above. Make a blend of them. Mix them with a carrier oil and massage or rub into the affected areas.
Many times you will have to experiment to find out what combinations will work for you. Also since many of these oils are very potent always use small amounts mixed with carrier oils to start.
If you have a favorite recipe you would like to share. Please let us know and what kind of pain you used it for. We'll try to include it in a future issue.
What works for you may work for someone else.
And as everyone knows living with pain is no picnic!
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