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Chances are, you’ve probably dealt with sinus pressure or congestion at one time or another in your life. This bothersome condition, commonly known as sinusitis, is caused by inflammation of the sinus cavities, which are the air pockets found in the bones of the face.

 
Sinuses are located on the cheeks, around the eyes, nose and the forehead and they are connected to the nasal cavities by little channels that are lined with mucous membranes. When these mucous membranes become inflamed due to a cold or allergy, they block the nasal passages along with the entire drainage mechanism of the sinuses and thus restricts breathing. As mentioned above, this blocking of the sinus generally leads to an infection referred to as sinusitis.
 
This inflammation can produce miserable symptoms including headaches, sore throat, post-nasal drip, coughing, sneezing, facial pain, and general congestion, typically lasting anywhere from a few days to several weeks at a time. While many people seek prescription medication to help remedy these symptoms, it is a bit of a gamble due to the potentially harmful side effects that can come along with these synthetic substances. Read on as I present all-natural therapies to get rid of sinus infections and congestion.
 

Why Do So Many People Use Essential Oils For Relief In Sinusitis?

There are many natural ways of obtaining relief in conditions like sinusitis and one of them is using aromatherapy.
 
Aromatherapy is a science that treats medical conditions with the help of essential oils. Essential oils have been used since long for conditions like sinusitis for their ability to unblock the clogged passages, improve breathing and minimize mucous secretions.
 
Several people opt for Aromatherapy because it is natural and the person does not have to depend upon Allopathic medicines, which in many cases are not easy on the body. Essential oils are safe and adapt quickly to the human body, including children and elderly people recovering from other ailments.
 

7 Ways You Can Use Essential Oils For Sinusitis Relief

 
1. Steam inhalation
Boil distilled water or tap water and pour it in a 5 cm deep heatproof bowl. Thereafter, add 7-8 drops of essential oils and stir well. Lean over the bowl, cover the back of your head and inhale the steam through your mouth and nose. Do this as long as the water is hot and steam is coming out. When the water has cooled down, just reheat the water. You can repeat this process as often as you want. The best essential oil that is recommended for use in this process is peppermint. Just dilute a drop of peppermint oil in 2 drops of calendula, grape seed or sunflower base oil and inhale the vapors coming out of the blend.
 
Alternatively, put a couple of drops of essential oil of fennel on a clean handkerchief and inhale the vapors to alleviate the sinus discomfort. Fennel oil is a potent antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-toxic and an efficient expectorant.
 
Perfect recipe for steam inhalation
For immediate relief from the signs and symptoms of sinusitis, use the following essential oils in the amounts mentioned for steam inhalation:
2 drops Eucalyptus oil
2 drops Thyme oil
3 drops Peppermint oil
3 drops Rosemary oil
 
2. Using essential oils in a humidifier or vaporizer
Add 25-30 drops of the essential oil of your choice to a vaporizer or humidifier and use it in the room you stay for longest time. I recommend eucalyptus, lemon, basil and blue cypress essential oils for use in a humidifier as they have effective antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties that freshen up the indoor air, settle the dust and neutralize pollutants.
 
3. Use in a diffuser
While there are many types of diffusers available in the market, all of them work by dispersing essential oils into the air, from where you can breathe them in. Generally, people mix about half a cup of water with 4-6 drops of essential oils for use in a diffuser. In order to get the maximum benefit, sit as closely as possible to the diffuser and breathe deeply. This approach can be quite useful if several members of your family are suffering from sinusitis.
 
4. Take a long hot bath
Sprinkle 8-10 drops of essential oil on a sponge and put it in your bath or shower while you bathe. Let the water be as hot as possible; however, make sure that you are comfortable with the temperature of the water, and stay in the bath for as long as you desire. I have found best results with essential oils of lavender, peppermint, cinnamon and juniper as all of them have great antibacterial properties.
 
5. Using essential oils in a massage
Blocked air passages interfere with the breathing and promote sleep problems. In order to decongest these blocked passages; mix 3-4 drops of each of the geranium, lavender, orange and lemon essential oils in an ounce of grapeseed oil and carefully massage the neck, temples and back of the neck. Unwind and breathe deeply of the decongestant vapors.
Alternatively, softly rubbing 2 or 3 drops of ginger, eucalyptus, white fir or rosemary oil on the sides of the nose bridge can help relieve congestion. You can also rub the essential oils on the pressure points of your face and the forehead: beside each nostril, under your nose midline, at the beginning of each eyebrow and the forehead. However, avoid contact with the eyes at all costs. The pungent and stimulating odor of these oils can quickly relieve issues like nasal blockage.
 
Massage oil recipe for sinusitis
In order to prepare perfect massage oil for relief in sinusitis, mix the following essential oils in amounts mentioned to 10 ml of carrier oil of your choice:
2 drops Tea tree oil
4 drops Geranium oil
4 drops Rosemary oil
3 drops Peppermint oil
3 drops Eucalyptus oil
6. Oral consumption
You can calm a nagging cough, by ingesting a blend of 1-2 drops of therapeutic grade fennel oil and 1 tablespoon of natural honey. FDA has declared therapeutic grade Fennel essential oil safe for human consumption.
 
7. Water the sinuses using a neti pot (lota)
Put the essential oil solution in a neti pot and lean over the sink, turning your head on one side so that your ear is facing the sink. Gradually put the solution into the upper nostril, keeping your head stationary and drain that out from the other nostril. Make certain that you breathe through your mouth in order to do this process properly. Repeat with the other nostril.
In order to create an essential oil solution for use in a neti pot, add the essential oil of your choice, but no more than one to two drops. In a bowl, take a cup full of warm water (not too hot to burn the nasal tissues) and add one tablespoon of finely ground sea salt. Stir until the salt is dissolved. Add the essential oils and mix well.
A lot of people are affected with back pain at some point in their lives. The pain may result due to an incorrect posture while either standing or sitting. Some individuals suffer from back pain due to incorrectly lifting heavy things or bending in an abrupt manner.
 
It is also worth noting that most people do not suffer from back pain due to any major underlying cause and will find their back pain disappearing within a few weeks or months. However, in some cases, people experience long-term pain or pain that keeps coming back and this is where essential oils come into play. With that said, let’s see how essential oils can be useful in dealing with issues like back pain.
 

What Are the Different Kinds Of Back Pain?

Most people with back pain feel soreness in the lower back known as lumbago. This pain may arise anywhere from the neck to the spine. Diseases or injuries can cause back pain too. Here are few of the types of back pain that are generally seen in people:
Ankylosing spondylitis is a long-term problem resulting in soreness and stiffness in the area where the pelvis and spine meet.
Slipped disc due to spinal damage or nerve being pressed
Frozen shoulder causing stiffness and pain due to inflammation.
Sciatica caused due to compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve causing tingling, numbness, and pain right up to the legs.
Whiplash caused due to sudden impact on the neck.
 

Why Use Essential Oils For Relief In Back Pain?

Here are some of the reasons why I find essential oils to be the most viable and efficient solution to conditions like back pain:
Essential oils alleviate and rebuild the damaged tissues
Essential oils are effective in alleviating pain
Essential oils improve blood circulation thus helping in faster recovery
Essential oils are helpful in relaxing the muscles and discouraging spasms
Essential oils are helpful in reducing inflammation
 

Which Essential Oils Offer Best Relief In Back Pain?

The choice of essential oils to use will depend on the kind of back pain you have. Some of these essential oils can be directly applied on pressure points while others need to be massaged properly over the impacted areas after blending them with a base oil like Almond oil.
While there are few oils that are safe for oral consumption, users need to read the oil specific instructions carefully before consuming them orally. In addition, some oils can be too potent to be applied over sensitive areas. Here are some of the essential oils I prefer using for back pain relief:
 
1. Wintergreen
This is the only plant in the world after birch that contains natural methyl salicylate, which is the primary ingredient found in aspirin. Native Americans commonly used wintergreen as a natural remedy for pain. Several studies prove that wintergreen oil delivers cortisone-like effects while being highly beneficial in terms of getting you quick relief from aches and pain. The anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of this oil make it highly useful for conditions like stiff joints and muscular pain.
 
2. Marjoram
Also known as the happiness herb and joy of the mountains, marjoram comprises strong sedative properties. The oil extracted from this plant is extremely effective in relieving stiffness, stopping muscle spasms, relieving arthritic pain, and offering relief in migraines. In addition, the oil is useful in relaxing involuntary muscle groups, which includes heart, colon, and diaphragm. For the same reason, marjoram oil is used for treating asthma, constipation, and bronchitis. In addition, it also plays a role in keeping your heart healthy. This oil is also beneficial for people who suffer from distress and emotional trauma.
 
3. Cypress
This is a wonderful oil that helps to regulate blood circulation. When using this oil, a good guideline is to always rub clockwise making little circles moving up towards the heart. Your blood flows in this direction, so you want to always move in the direction of the heart.
 
4. Frankincense
Frankincense, also known as the king of all oils, is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory oils. This oil is exceptional when it comes to regenerating tissues. In addition, it comes in handy for relieving back pain discomfort too.
 
5. White Fir
White Fir is a powerful anti-oxidant that has traditionally been used for the relief of exercised muscles and for comforting rheumatic pain. It smells like a Christmas tree, and is among one of the favorites for relieving the discomfort caused by back pain.
 
6. Spruce
The essential oil of the spruce tree is fragrant, sweet and revitalizing. This oil has been used since ages for its ability to center the mind and relax the body, as well as to battle infections. Spruce is also a powerful immune system stimulator that can prove to be very useful in easing the symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism, lower back pain and sciatica. Spruce is also known to stimulate the adrenal glands.
 
7. Lavender
One of my top favorites of all essential oils for relaxation and pain relief is lavender. This oil is also one of the oils that are easiest on the skin. Lavender has been traditionally used to treat conditions like headaches, insomnia, tension, muscle strain, various kinds of cramps and burns. It is also quite useful in offering relief in cases of extreme back pain. While helping the digestive system in functioning optimally, the antibacterial properties of this oil help a patient to recover from injuries naturally. On top of that, this delicious-smelling oil can help to ease the mental distress caused by mood swings, stress, anxiety and depression.
 
8. Sandalwood
A staple in Ayurvedic medication, sandalwood is like an elixir for those suffering issues like lymph node congestion, muscle spasms and sciatica. It is also effective in alleviating skin inflammations because of its anti-inflammatory properties. This oil is extremely revitalizing to the skin, smells earthy and rich, and promotes calm mindsets and deeper sleep. It supports both the cardiovascular and digestive systems.

 

How To Use Essential Oils For Back Pain Relief?

For best possible results in cases of back pain, apply your choice of essential oils along the spine 2-4 times a day depending on the intensity of discomfort. Use just 2-3 drops of one oil, or use 2-3 drops of each if you desire to use more than one.
In cases of severe pain, cover the area with a hot compress after applying oils to help the essential oils go deep inside the skin.
In case you feel that some oil is too harsh for your skin, do not hesitate in diluting it further. The carrier oil I use to dilute my essential oils is almond or coconut oil. However, any good carrier oil will do.
 

Essential Oil Recipes That Can Offer Quick Relief In Back Pain

 
Recipe 1: Essential oil recipe for neck discomfort and stiffness caused due to back pain
Mix coconut Oil (1 teaspoon), white fir (3 drops), marjoram (2 drops), lemongrass (2 drops); gently rub this blend onto your chest, on the shoulders and on the back of the neck.
 
Recipe 2: Liquid morphine recipe for back pain relief
Let us be clear on one thing; this is in no way anything like morphine. This is not going to knock you out. This recipe is a good one that you can use for back pain relief.
In an empty capsule, add 2 drops each of frankincense and marjoram essential oils. You can take this pill two times a day for considerable relief. Do not consume other oils except for those certified as food grade and consult your doctor prior to doing so.
 
Recipe 3: Back pain relieving essential oil blend
This natural and icy hot blend combines osmanthus, wintergreen, helichrysum, camphor, blue chamomile, blue tansy, and peppermint. Just blend 5 drops of each of these oils in a 30ml glass bottle, fill the rest with a carrier oil (almond or jojoba) and massage the impacted areas with this solution 3 times a day.
You can bank upon this mix of essential oils when it comes to relieving back pain. For easier application, it is also possible to use it in a spray bottle.
 
Recipe 4: Essential oil recipe for lower back pain relief
Essential oils can easily alleviate lower back pain. Just mix 15 drops of frankincense, 10 drops of jasmine or sandalwood oil to an epsom salt bath and soak yourself in.
Alternatively, you can choose to massage your back with a mix of rose, lavender, ylang ylang, frankincense, jasmine and sandalwood. Add 3 drops each of the above-mentioned essential oils and apply twice a day to the affected areas.
 
Recipe 5: Special essential oil pain relief recipe for lumbago
Mix together the following essential oils in a 10ml bottle: lavender (15 drops), marjoram (8 drops), rosemary (8 drops) and peppermint (15 drops). Shake well and fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil such as sweet almond or jojoba oil. Massage over the affected areas up to three times a day for instant relief.
 
Recipe 6: Massage blend for slipped disc
Add rosemary (5 drops), peppermint (5 drops), eucalyptus (3 drops) to 1 tbsp of carrier oil (coconut or sesame oil) and massage this blend to the affected areas up to three times a day.
 
Recipe 7: An excellent sciatica massage blend
Sciatica pain originates in the spine and travels down the back of the leg, generally on one side of the body. Sciatica can be caused by poor sitting posture over time.
Simply add lavender (10 drops), rosemary (6 drops), marjoram (6 drops) to 2 tbsp of carrier oil such as grapeseed oil. Massage this blend over the affected areas two times a day.
If you don’t have time to perfect your blend of essential oils, you could always give l’orpur a go.

Foot pain is a common issue with a large range of possible causes. While you can handle some of the conditions that causes foot pain at home, external intervention is needed in cases of chronic and consistent foot pain.
 
Cooling and relaxing essential oils bring sweet relief to the tired, heated and worn out feet. In fact, nothing beats the revitalizing, uplifting and toning impact of essential oils when they are sprayed on the sore feet. Having stated that, you will see why using essential oils is what you need to relieve the pain in your feet.
 

What Are The Common Causes For Foot Discomfort?

Let’s begin with what causes pain in the feet. Here are some of the most common causes of foot discomfort:
 
Broken or cracked bones (fractures)
Diabetic foot problems
Oedema / Edema
Achilles tendon injuries
Morton’s neuroma
Metatarsalgia
Plantar fasciitis (heel discomfort)
Ingrown toe nails
Arthritis
Bunions
Strains and sprains
Verrucas
Blisters, corns and calluses
Gout pain
 

What Role Do Essential Oils Play In Alleviating Foot Pain?

Essential oils are best for all-round foot-care since their powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties keep your feet hygienic, clean and healthy. Tea tree is one among the best essential oils that can be used for dealing with conditions of the foot, and when mixed with cypress it becomes quite useful for those struggling with sweaty feet.
Other essential oils noted for their antifungal properties include myrrh, wintergreen and sage, which are all good at dealing with conditions like foot pain. Just like tea tree, these essential oils can be applied topically diluted in a carrier oil or used in a footbath. Remember to dry your feet completely after the footbath, especially the areas between the toes. In addition, make sure that you take good care of your toenails as minute fungus can, in some cases, lodge itself under the nails causing re-infection.
 

3 Best Essential Oils To Use For Foot Pain Relief

 
1. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil can best be used for muscle and joint pain relief, to relieve headaches, to boost energy levels, rashes, ADHD support, insect bites, for sinus care, burns, acne, hair growth, and relieve symptoms of PCOS. The natural anti-microbial properties of this oil and the cooling sensation it imparts will keep the feet feeling revitalized all day long.
 
2. German Chamomile
German chamomile has strong anti-inflammatory properties, and is an efficient anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent. I have found this oil to offer quick relief in conditions like headaches, abscesses, burns, boils, allergies, inflammation, rashes, and wounds. In addition, the soothing and relaxing effects of Chamomile help you sleep better.
 
3. Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is a very effective bactericidal with anti-viral properties. Apart from being highly effective at relieving foot pains, this oil is best used for sinusitis, asthma, and joint muscle pain and inflammation.
 

Essential Oil Recipes For Quick Relief In Foot Pain

 
Recipe 1
In order to treat your feet with essential oils, fill a bowl with hot water and add 4 drops each of eucalyptus and rosemary oil and 2 drops peppermint oil. Soak your feet in this water for 10 minutes.
 
Recipe 2
In order to make a stimulating salve, add 6 drops clove oil, known to be a mild blood circulation booster, and 3 tablespoons of sesame oil. Mix the ingredients well and massage the oils into your aching feet.
 
Recipe 3
Mix 4 drops of lavender oil, 2 drops of chamomile oil and 3 drops of geranium oil in 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Massage your feet gently using this blend for quick relief.
 
Recipe 4
If you do not have any essential oils at home, brew up a very strong cup of peppermint tea and add it to the water. Soak your feet in this warm water after adding 1 tablespoon (5 ml) of arnica cast. The improved blood circulation due to the effect of these essential oils will reduce the pain almost instantly.
 
If you prefer a ready-made all-natural solution for your feet pain woes, why not give my own special blend L’orpur a try. It contains a unique blend of essential oils that works fast and is very effective for foot pain relief.
 

Recipes For Sweaty And Dry, Cracked And Peeling Feet

 
Recipe for foot relaxing soak
In order to help cleanse the feet for the prevention of foot infections, inflammations, and ulcers, try this foot-cleaning soak.
Ingredients:
2 drops chamomile oil
2 drops eucalyptus oil
2 drops sage oil
2 drops marjoram oil
1 cup of dead sea salt or epsom salts
Instruction:
Mix all the ingredients and store in a glass container. Boil some water and pour it into a large bowl. Let it come down to a comfortable temperature. Stir in the essential oils / epsom sea salt mix, and soak your feet in for as much as 15 minutes.
 
Recipe for sweaty feet
This feet powder recipe will absorb excess sweat on your feet and help to keep your feet cool. However, it is not recommended to use this soak if there are open ulcers on your feet. For this recipe, you will need an absorbent power. I often use baking soda, arrowroot powder, cornstarch or white clay. Here is how to prepare anti-microbial foot powder.
Ingredients:
3 drops rosemary oil
3 drops tea tree oil
3 tbsp of absorbent powder
Instruction:
Add the essential oils to the powder and stir until all the ingredients are completely mixed. Thereafter, dust this powder onto your feet before putting on your socks.
 
Recipe for dry, cracked and peeling feet
This is an anti-microbial blend that you can carefully massage onto scratchy, inflamed, dry, cracked, and peeling feet.
Ingredients:
30 ml olive oil
4 drops lavender oil
6 drops tea tree oil
6 drops chamomile oil
Instruction:
Mix all these essential oils to the carrier oil, which is olive oil in this case, and store the mix in a glass bottle. Gently rub this essential oil mix onto your feet prior to putting on your socks, or going to bed.
Changes to our food supplies, diets and lifestyles are creating a rare combination of circumstances that is further aggravating our crisis of inflammation. Inflammation can cause a wide array of health problems, such as pain, migraines, neuropathy, obesity, ADD/ADHD, stroke, thyroid issues, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
 

Causes of Joint Pain

Next: Joint pain – Sounds familiar? Again, a broad topic…and caused by other health conditions. And it is not always arthritis and osteoarthritis that causes joint pain. Have you thought of some of the other conditions below:
 
1. Medication
Pills are there to “fix” you up, but unfortunately for some, your body can develop an inflammatory response as well as a severe reaction to medication – for example – you may end up with a rash all over your body.
 
2. Gout
Gout is a condition that affects more men than women. If you have gout, you’ll end up with inflammation in your joints. Generally, gout starts in the big toe and develops to other areas such as ankles and knees. Eating healthy, doing regular exercise and avoiding alcohol is a good starting point way to avoid gout.
 
3. Lyme
There are certain types of ticks that can cause you to get lyme disease. If the bite is left unattended, it can spread all over your body in a couple of weeks. You can get a fever, headaches or start to experience joint pain.
 
4. Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is very common health issue in women compared to men. It is not known what causes it, but is thought to be an inflammatory response to many factors including infections. You may also experience fatigue, headaches, anxiety and depression if you have fibromyalgia.
We’ll cover joint disease and inflammation in this article, a disease that currently affects 43 million people in the US alone, almost 15 percent of the current population. The scary part is that this number is expected to break through the 60 million mark by the year 2020.
As mentioned in the introduction, most of us would associate joint pain and inflammation to conditions like arthritis. While this is true to some extent, inflammation is actually the temporary side effect of the process in which the body’s immune system including proteins and white blood cells strive to safeguard you from infections and foreign elements such as bacteria and viruses.
Such diseases, referred to as autoimmune diseases, cause the body’s defense mechanism to stress out and trigger an infection to its very own healthy tissues. Here are some of the symptoms to help you make out if you are suffering from joint pain and inflammation that is autoimmune in nature:
Redness around the joint
Swelling around the joint
Joint discomfort
Joint stiffness
Loss of joint function
However, in most cases, you will only experience a few of the above warning signs.
 

How Useful Are Essential Oils In Dealing With Joint Pain And Inflammation?

Several different essential oils can be used to relieve the signs and symptoms of joint pain and inflammation with each one having its own set of benefits depending on the organic components it is composed of.
Linalool and linalyl acetate are the two analgesic and anti-inflammatory ingredients that are often found in essential oils known to ease joint pain and inflammation. The essential oils of bergamot and lavender have linalyl acetate in high amounts, and over 200 forms of plants produce linalool.
The pain and loss of mobility that commonly accompanies arthritis can trigger depression. lavender, bergamot, lemon, german chamomile and roman chamomile all work as antidepressants. In addition, the essential oil of vanilla can ease stress, which ultimately helps alleviate both the mental and physical traumas of inflammatory joint pains.
Aromatherapy can likewise work as an adjunct to physical rehabilitation by stimulating blood flow through the joints, consequently offering the patient with increased energyand ability to handle the pain and inflammation. The more often you use essential oils, the better are the benefits you can expect to get out of them.

 

Why massaging essential oils onto the inflamed joints is the most effective way to deal with inflammation and joint pain relief?

Given that essential oils can easily be absorbed through into the skin, using them in massages is highly recommended. Massage has not only helped me reduce my pain, but it has also helped me ease the spasms, tiredness and stress.
A massage will boost the flow of blood to the impacted location, which consequently helps improve lymph drainage, and warms the spot being rubbed. Rubbing generates heat that raises the rate of absorption of the essential oil. In addition, it allows the essential oils to evaporate letting the person inhale them too.
I have gladly incorporated massages into my everyday self-care regimen as a preventative measure so that issues like joint pain and inflammation do not develop. In addition, regular massage with essential oils will enhance your muscle mass, relax tight muscles and give your overall wellness a nice boost.
 

The Top 10 Best Essential Oils For Joint Pain And Inflammation Relief

Chamomile – Chamomile is known for its anti-inflammatory abilities. It helps you alleviate muscle spasms and pain involved in conditions like inflammatory joint pain.
Sweet marjoram – Sweet marjoram has sedative properties. This essential oil helps to alleviate muscle spasms and discomfort that a patient is subjected to in conditions like arthritis.
Lavender – Lavender is among the most famous essential oils for pain relief as well as sleep and relaxation. It offers anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and sedative effects that help to alleviate muscle spasms and stress.
Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. This oil is ideal for muscle pain relief.
Peppermint – Peppermint is perhaps the only essential oil you can use on its own for joint pain relief.
Rosemary – Rosemary has analgesic and antispasmodic properties and is known for its ability to relieve pain.
Thyme – Thyme has very effective antispasmodic properties that can substantially alleviate joint pain and inflammation.
Clary sage – Clary sage offers calming and comforting effects due to its exceptional anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Clove – Clove has well-known anesthetic pain-relieving properties and provides instant relief from acute pain such as toothaches. Among clove’s most beneficial effects is its ability to sedate the nerves, so that there is lesser discomfort involved.
Wintergreen – Wintergreen has antispasmodic abilities. In addition, it relieves the discomforting spasms and aches involved in inflammatory conditions like arthritis.
Most of the above essential oils are contained in my own proprietary blend of l’orpur pain relief, which is blended to perfection with two carrier oils, ready for your use.
 
You won’t need to purchase single individual essential oils or even learn how to blend essential oils. All done for you in a 100ml bottle and comes with a spray head.
 

4 Essential Oil Recipes For Inflammation And Joint Pain Relief

 
Try making these blends at home and massage up to three times daily to affected areas such as aching or inflamed joints.
 
1. Joint pain soaking bath essential oil blend
Ingredients:
1-2 cups bath salts
5 drops rosemary
3 drops cypress
4 drops lavender
6 drops wintergreen
Directions:
Create a blend of bath salts by adding baking soda and Epsom Salt in equal portions in a bathtub. If you have some sea salt, add a bit of that too!
Add the essential oils just after filling the bath tub with warm water and thereafter soak in this water for around 20 minutes.
 
2. A warming massage essential oil recipe for sore joints
Ingredients:
1 ounce of carrier oil of your choice (almond, jojoba)
2 drops black pepper (optional)
3 drops ginger
4 drops clove
3 drops rosemary
5 drops marjoram
3 drops bergamot
Directions:
Blend all of these oils well in a glass bottle and massage daily into legs, knees or any other aching joints.
Often refrain from using black pepper essential in cases of inflammatory arthritis, because of the fact that this oil warms the skin tissues. This could worsen the inflammation.
 
3. Sore, inflamed joint essential oil blend
Ingredients:
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lemon
5 drops eucalyptus
5 drops rosemary
6 drops lavender
1 ounce of carrier oil (sesame oil)
Directions:
Add all oils to a glass bottle and mix thoroughly. Massage 8-10 drops of this blend on the location of the sore joint twice a day, for five days for significant reduction in joint inflammation.
 
4. Anti-inflammatory essential oil blend
Ingredients:
1 ounce (30ml) grapeseed oil
4 drops juniper
4 drops geranium
5 drops german chamomile
3 drops thyme
2 drops frankincense
Directions:
Add all essential oils to a glass bottle and add the carrier oil; mix well. Gently massage a few drops of this blend onto the swollen area. Alternatively, get full body massages using this blend from a qualified aromatherapist.
One condition that affects millions of people worldwide is muscle pain and inflammation. Whether from overwork or under use, many of us have had to deal with it at one point or another!
 
It does not matter whether you are an athlete, a gym junkie, simply like to go for walks or your work requires you to lift weights, chances are you have experienced sore muscles and body aches, stiffness, muscle pain and spasms.
 
These symptoms are all too often ignored and we simply hope that the pain goes away over time. Unfortunately, hoping for the best won’t cut it as it won’t address the root of the issue.
 
Over the counter creams work to some extent, however they are not a long term option. And, given they contain lots of chemicals, they are potentially unsafe to your health and well-being. The other issue with OTC medication is that you could easily become dependent on them.
 
While there are several remedies available to relieve muscle and joint pain, essential oils have been used since time immemorial due to their healing properties. With that said, here are some of the best essential oils you can use for muscle pain relief…
 
1. Wintergreen
Wintergreen essential oil can be beneficial for muscle aches and pains, issues of the kidney, nerve pain, arthritis, throbbing joints and menstrual pain. It can be applied topically to the skin or used in a diffuser. Do not ingest as it is poisonous and can trigger symptoms of dizziness, tinnitus, hyperventilation, vomiting and nausea. Wintergreen is not recommended for small children or if you are pregnant or for nursing mums.
 
2. Tea Tree
There are limited side effects involved with the use of tea tree oil; however, a little caution must be followed when using it on children under the age of 6. In addition, I have found people using tea tree oil to have a higher vulnerability to contact sensitization.
 
3. Marjoram
Marjoram essential oil can be beneficial for bronchitis, headaches, asthma, whooping cough or any muscle pain. Marjoram can be safely used topically with no known side effects.
 
4. Basil
Basil has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antispasmodic properties. When diluted in a carrier oil, it can be applied as a massage oil to reduce swelling in the muscles. Individuals with epilepsy, kids and pregnant women should avoid using this oil. It may also irritate your skin.
 
5. Peppermint
Peppermint is highly effective for those suffering from muscle spasms and joint pain. While there are no known negative side effects to using peppermint oil, I have seen some people reporting problems like mild skin irritation. So just remember to do a skin test patch before using it. It can be applied topically or used in a diffuser.
 
6. Spearmint
Spearmint can work wonders for those suffering from muscle pain and inflammation. It can be used externally or in a diffuser. There are no known adverse effects to using this oil; however, skin irritation is one of the negatives when this oil is used for a prolonged period of time.
 
7. Clary Sage
Clary Sage has proven to be helpful for inflammation of the muscles when diluted in a carrier oil and applied topically. It can also be taken orally (acts as a flavor for food), however please ensure you are using edible grade essential oil and talk to your doctor prior to ingesting any essential oils.
 
8. Helichrysum
Helichrysum is one of the best oils for reducing inflammation of the muscles and for joint pain. In addition, this oil promotes the healing of injuries or burns, detoxifies the body and boosts the immune system, reverses signs of aging, and fights fungal infections. Helichrysum can be used both topically and in a diffuser.
 
9. Chamomile
Chamomile has soothing and relaxing properties that help to lower stress and anxietyas well as promote sleep. Possible adverse effects can include contact dermatitis, anaphylaxis and other hypersensitivity reactions. You can diffuse it or dilute 3-4 drops in a tablespoon of carrier oil and apply on the temples and back of the neck, either prior to going to bed or when dealing with a difficult situation.
 
10. Cinnamon
Cinnamon has the ability to stabilize blood sugar, reduce inflammation, and battle infections. There are no known side results to using cinnamon; however, it may be a skin irritant and irritate the nasal passage if not diluted.
 
11. Cypress
Cypress relieves pain in the muscles including muscle fatigue, spasms and aching muscles after a strenuous exercise session. When used topically, it penetrates the skin easily for immediate relaxation and pain relief benefits.

 

How To Use Essential Oils To Treat Common Muscle And Joint Pain Issues?

 
1.General Muscle Discomfort
The best essential oils to use for general muscle discomfort are Wintergreen, Marjoram and Peppermint followed by Clove, White Fir, Vetiver, Sage, Silver Fir, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Ginger, Cypress, Birch, Basil and Balsam Fir.
 
2. Muscle Aches
If you are experiencing muscle pain or connective tissue discomfort or have fibromyalgia, the following essential oils are most helpful: Peppermint, Oregano, Marjoram, Clove and Birch. Other than these essential oils, I have found Wintergreen, White Fir, Thyme, Rosemary, Chamomile, Lavender and Helichrysum to be very effective.
 
3. Cardiac Muscle Pain
Yes, your heart is a muscle. Marjoram and Lavender work best for the cardiac muscle, followed by Peppermint, Rosemary and Cinnamon. You can use these oils topically or in a diffuser.
 
4. Cartilage Injury
Birch, Marjoram and Wintergreen are best for cartilage injury. Lemongrass and Peppermint are also good options.
 
5. Lack of energy in muscles
To energize the muscles prior to a workout, use Rosemary. It warms the muscles and helps them stretch for optimal efficiency.
 
 6. Muscle Cramps
Often prompted by pressure or lack of blood circulation, leg and foot cramps can often be prevented by remaining hydrated. Lemongrass, Marjoram and Peppermint are the best oils for muscle cramp relief, followed by Vetiver, Rosemary, Chamomile, Lavender, Grapefruit, Cypress, Clary Sage and Basil.
 
7. Muscle Fatigue
The list of essential oils that I can confidently recommend for muscle fatigue includes Eucalyptus, White Fir, Peppermint, Marjoram and Cypress. Other than that, Thyme, Rosemary, Grapefruit are known to produce good results.
 
8. Muscle Spasms
While spasms are not usually agonizing, they can be eased with the use of Basil, Chamomile, Marjoram, Peppermint, Lavender, Cypress and Clary Sage.
 
9. Muscle Sprains
Stress in the ligament can be treated with Eucalyptus, Clove, White Fir, Marjoram and Lemongrass. Other essential oils that might be helpful are Vetiver, Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Helichrysum and Ginger.
 
10. Tendinitis
Marjoram and Lavender are the best essential oils you can use for swelling of the tendon.
 
11. Muscle stress
Whether caused due to physical stress or emotional anxiety, Marjoram is your best choice for muscle stress. Helichrysum, Lavender, Peppermint, and Roman Chamomile are also effective.

 

How To Make Your Own Essential Oil Blends For Muscle Pain

For a muscle pull, blend 3 drops of Roman Chamomile and 2 drops of Marjoram together. Apply this blend via cold compress.
For muscular pain, combine 3 drops of Wintergreen with 3 drops of Lavender. Apply this blend using cold compress.
For swelling in the muscles, use a cold compress of 3 drops of Peppermint and 3 drops of Yarrow.
To release a muscle spasm, mix 2 drops of Ginger, 3 drops of Cypress and 3 drops of Sweet Marjoram in 3 teaspoons of carrier oil of your choice, such as Sweet Almond oil. Apply this blend topically twice per day.
To soothe tender muscles, blend 3 drops of Lemongrass, 3 drops of Ginger, and 3 drops of Lavender with 3 teaspoons carrier oil of your choice. Apply this blend topically three times a day.
To relax tight muscles, blend 4 drops of Lavender, 4 drops of Rosemary, and 2 drops of Ginger with 3 teaspoons of carrier oil. Use this blend topically twice a day.
In order to ease rheumatic pain, blend 3 drops of Cypress, 3 drops of Ginger, and 3 drops of Wintergreen in 3 teaspoons of carrier oil. Apply this blend over the impacted areas up to three times a day.
In order to enhance flow of blood to the cramping muscles of the leg combine 3 drops of Ginger, 5 drops of Black Pepper, and 5 drops of Cinnamon in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil. Use this blend over affected areas once a day.

Nerve discomfort can be a sign of several different conditions, including diabetes , shingles, HIV and cancer. For some, nerve pain is irritating; for others, it is demoralizing and life changing. No matter how it feels, nerve pain can disrupt every aspect of your life.
 
Research shows that people with nerve pain are more likely to experience problems like disturbed sleep, stress, anxiety and depression. On top of that, when you have a major medical condition such as cancer or HIV, dealing with the extra anguish of nerve pain can be an almost impossible thing to do. While nerve pain cannot be eradicated completely, it can be minimized to an extent that it stops affecting your life – and there are numerous excellent natural alternatives available to do so.
 
While it is very important to address the root cause of the pain, using essential oils can do a good job at alleviating the discomfort experienced in most cases of nerve pain. Just like any other natural remedy, it might take a little trial and error and/or tweaking to figure out the best essential oil mix for a person, however it is well worth it.
 
When figuring out which essential oils to use for your condition, consider what the condition triggering the pain is, what the intensity of the pain is, as well as the psychological element involved.

 

What Are The Best Essential Oils To Use For Nerve Pain?

Whilst every essential oil has beneficial properties of its own, the effectiveness of some oils in dealing with nerve pain is more than others. In my humble experience, some oils work well for nerve discomfort, while others are more suited to dealing with muscle or joint conditions. When dealing with nerve pain, here are a few of the options to consider.
 

14 Essential Oils To Get Rid Of Nerve Pain

 
1. Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic properties. It can be helpful in dealing with nerve conditions like neuralgia, sciatica and temporary paralysis due to its ability to improve blood circulation in the body.
 
2. German Chamomile
Therapeutic grade German Chamomile consists of chamaluzene, the greatest anti-inflammatory component in all essential oils, and alpha-bisabolol in high amounts. These bioactive substances present in German Chamomile show both antiphlogistic and anti-inflammatory properties that are highly useful in dealing with nerve disorders.
 
Due to the presence of lactone substances like coumarin, this oil can be used to lower the swelling & puffiness, as a nervous system sedative, as a detoxing agent for the liver, and as an immune system booster.
 
3. Roman Chamomile
Roman Chamomile has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-spasmodic properties. It is very helpful for nerve conditions like neuralgia, neuritis and rheumatic pain.
 
4. Clove
Clove has anti-rheumatic, analgesic, anti-spasmodic and anti-neuralgic properties. This essential oil also comes in handy for conditions like arthritis, rheumatism, sprains and muscular pains. In addition, Clove is valuable oil for toothaches.
 
5. Fir
Fir has analgesic and warming properties. It is useful for muscular aches and pains, along with conditions like arthritis and rheumatism.
 
6. Frankincense
Frankincense has sedative and anti-inflammatory properties that come in handy for conditions like rheumatism.
 
7. Wintergreen
The anti-spasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and soothing abilities of Wintergreen help in conditions like muscle knots and spasms, gout, arthritis, joint and muscle painand nerve swelling.
 
8. Geranium
The anti-inflammatory properties of Geranium can help in conditions like rheumatism and neuralgia. In addition, I have found this oil to be useful in boosting the blood circulation in your body.
 
9. Ginger
Ginger that we often use in our home is a natural anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic agent. The essential oil of ginger can be highly efficient in treating nerve discomforts.
 
10. Sage
The stimulating, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of this oil make it highly useful for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis and neuralgia.
 
11. Helichrysum
Helichrysum has anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and sedative properties. I often recommend this oil to my patients suffering from conditions like shingles, arthritis and rheumatism.
 
12. Lavender
Lavender has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic properties. It is useful for conditions like neuralgia, sciatica, muscle aches, lumbago and muscle spasms.
 
13. Marjoram
Marjoram has analgesic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful for back aches, spasms, sprains, muscle aches, stiffness and lumbago.
 
14. Peppermint
Peppermint has a clean, fresh, strong and minty aroma. This strong healing essential oil boosts the therapeutic impacts of the other essential oils when used in conjunction.
 
Peppermint is also a natural antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory agent. Therefore, it is very useful for rheumatism, arthritis, sciatic, neuralgia and muscular aches and discomforts. In addition to that, the cooling sensation of this oil is highly relaxing. While this oil is easy on the skin in most cases, I recommend using it in diluted forms, as there have been a few cases of side effects reported.
 
So, here we come to the end of the list of essential oils that are useful for treating nerve conditions. As mentioned before, which oils you end up contributing to your blend will depend upon who the mix is for and what the cause and extent of the pain is.
 

Other Essential Oil Blends That Offer Quick Relief In Nerve Pain

Here are some of the essential oil recipes that I have personally tried and tested for their effectiveness in dealing with nerve pain:
 
Recipe 1 – Headache Blend
A synergy of peppermint, marjoram and lavender in the ratio of 4:4:1 in a 3 % dilution with coconut oil can offer quick relief in headaches caused due to a nerve disorder.
 
Recipe 2 – Essential Oil Blend for Sciatica Nerve Pain 
3 drops of black pepper in 5 ml coconut oil (or any other carrier oil, such as almond or jojoba) gently massaged on the lower back area can offer significant relief in sciatica.
 

How To Use Essential Oils For Nerve Pain Relief

Take a few drops of therapeutic grade essential oil blend of your choice from the above list and then rub it gently onto the skin until it is totally absorbed (two to three minutes at the most).
When applied on the back of the neck at the base of the hairline, these oils can soothe the nerves and minimize any kind of swelling due to a nerve disorder.
 
At this point, nearly 10% of Americans suffer from sciatica pain, but researchers estimate that in the near future more than 40% of the adult population of the country will be afflicted by this condition. A leading cause of lower back pain, sciatica is more prevalent in the age group of 30 to 50 years and hits around middle age.
 
Even though the pain may have a sudden onset, the condition itself is not always a result of an injury or a specific event. In fact, sciatica usually develops over time and is often the result of another health issue. Sciatica pain can vary from constant, dull and irritating to shooting, sharp and debilitating. However, regardless of the intensity of the pain, in the majority of cases, sciatica responds well to non-surgical treatments.
 

What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica pain is a result of the irritation of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest and one of the thickest single nerves in the human body. It extends from the lumbar spine all the way down to your feet. So, if this nerve gets inflamed or irritated for some reason, the pain is not just restricted to the lower back, but can also cause pain in the feet.
 
In fact, this is one of the hallmarks of sciatica pain. It starts as an ache in the lower back but radiates down to the buttocks and into one or both legs. Most people who suffer from sciatica claim that the leg pain is worse and often more intense and debilitating than the back pain.
 
Sciatica is not an ailment in itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem. The sciatic nerve can get inflamed when stressed or pinched. This can happen if you have a desk job that entails long hours of sitting in your chair, because of obesity or due to a sedentary lifestyle.
 
An injury or fall that impacts the lumbar spine can also be the cause of sciatica. But, sciatic pain is usually a result of a herniated lumbar disc, spinal stenosis, a degenerative disease of the disc or spondylolisthesis. Although it is rare for the condition to cause permanent damage to the sciatic nerve or the spinal cord, at its worse, the pain can be debilitating.
 

Is That Back Ache Sciatica Pain?

The symptoms of sciatica pain include:
Dull pain in the lower back that radiates to the buttocks and legs.
Persistent pain in one buttock and leg.
Throbbing pain in one leg that travels down the buttock into the thigh and reaches down to the knee or the feet.
Leg pain often felt as a burning sensation.
Cramps and numbing in one leg.
Weakness and mobility issues in the affected leg.
Pain intensifies when seated.
Pain is felt along the entire length of one leg, including in the foot and the toes (does not occur only in the foot).
Difficulty in standing up and walking.
Changes in the gait due to mobility problems caused by the pain.
If you have more than one of these symptoms, you are in all likelihood suffering from sciatica.
 

What You Absolutely Must Know About Sciatica Pain?

In most cases, sciatica pain gets resolved in a few weeks or months with conservative treatment initiatives such as physiotherapy, massage and exercise. However, if you are experiencing other symptoms along with the lower back and leg pain, you need to see a doctor at once. Particularly if the other symptoms include:
Fever and chills
Numbness in the genital area
Loss of appetite
Bladder or bowel dysfunction
 

How Can Essential Oils Help You Fight The Pain?

Since sciatica involves nerve inflammation and constant pain, essential oils are often more effective against the condition than even OTC painkillers, which only offer short term reprieve. Essential oils not only soothe the affected area but also help to bring down muscle pain and inflammation and numb the irritated nerves. In addition, these aromatic compounds help in controlling the anxiety and depression that often result from chronic pain.

 

What Are The 7 Best Essential Oils For Sciatica Nerve Pain?

 
1. Ginger
Although it is frequently used as a digestive aid, few know that the soothing, warming properties of ginger essential oil can also be leveraged to treat sciatica pain. The oil extracted from fresh ginger rhizomes is a rich source of a phytocompound called Zingibain, which is an extremely potent anti-inflammatory agent. Moreover, ginger essential oil is also a mild analgesic that soothes muscle, joint and nerve pain.
 
2. Peppermint
This cooling oil is well known for its anaesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties and is often used in pain relief blends. When used to treat sciatica, the cooling effect of peppermint not only helps to calm the irritated nerve but also prevents painful muscle spasms that may further pinch the nerve.
 
3. Wintergreen
An extremely strong natural pain killer, wintergreen essential oil with its antispasmodic, analgesic and anti-arthritic properties acts as a counter irritant when used topically. It over stimulates the nerves, making them run out of pain transmitting neurochemicals. Additionally, wintergreen oil also has notable anti-inflammatory effects on nerves, muscles and joints. Moreover, the oil works as a mild sedative, so it helps to calm both the body and the mind.
 
4. Marjoram
This aromatic smelling oil rarely figures in pain blends, although it certainly should owing to its killer anti-inflammatory properties. Because sciatica pain persists till the nerves remain inflamed, marjoram yields unexpectedly positive and rapid results against the condition since it quickly brings the inflammation under control.
 
5. Birch (white or silver birch)
This detoxifying oil contains a significant amount of methyl salicylate and salicylic acid of which the latter is a known NSAID. Methyl salicylate or menthol has significant pain relieving properties; plus, the cooling effect of white birch oil helps to lower the release of pro inflammatory chemicals in the body.
 
6. Clove
This antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic oil not only decreases the intensity of muscle cramps and pain but also help to increase blood circulation to the sore area. In turn, this aids in the faster removal of toxins and greater oxygenation of the affected tissue. Clove oil is one of the best and most effective essential oil used in tooth pain related issues.
 
7. Eucalyptus
Another essential oil that is valued for its anti-inflammatory and soothing effects, eucalyptus has long been used in Ayurveda as a treatment for all nerve related pain.
 

Best Carrier Oils For Sciatica Pain

Use a mixture of moringa, indian ginseng (ashwagandha), calendula and St John’s Wort infused oils. All of these herbs act as nerviness (compounds that dull the response of the nerves) when used externally and offer significant relief from any kind of discomfort that is nerve related. Plus, their anti-inflammatory and warming properties help to rein in the pain. These oils can be bought online or you can use dry herbs to make your own blend. Just remember to use 50% castor oil and 50% evening primrose oil as the base to infuse the herbs.
 
Alternatively, you can use any of the following carrier oils for sciatica pain; sweet almond oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and hemp seed oil.
 

7 Best Therapies And Recipes With Essential Oils For Sciatica Pain

 
Recipe 1: Soothing massage oil
Ingredients:
20ml almond carrier oil
5 drops eucalyptus
10 drops birch
Directions:
Mix the oils and store in a roller ball bottle. To use, apply on the back as well as on the sore leg and massage with firm but slow strokes. This blend works well against chronic, sub-acute pain
 
Recipe 2: Pain relief oil for throbbing and burning pain
Ingredients:
30ml sesame carrier oil
5 drops ginger
5 drops wintergreen
10 drops peppermint
5 drops lemongrass
Application:
Mix all the ingredients and store in a dark, glass bottle. Apply on affected area, preferably right above the parts of your back, hips and legs through which the sciatic nerve runs. Don’t massage vigorously, instead apply the mixture with a gentle hand and let your skin absorb the ingredients. This blend is best used at night as it is very relaxing and may induce drowsiness.
 
Recipe 3: Cold compress
Ingredients:
1tsp jojoba carrier oil
10 drops peppermint oil
5 drops cypress oil
5 drops wintergreen oil
Directions:
Mix the oils together and then add them to a large bowl of water filled half way through with ice cubes. Use a hand towel for the therapy. Give the mixture a good whisk; you don’t want large droplets of the oil floating on top. Dip the cloth into the bowl of water, squeeze out the excess fluids and then place on the affected areas.
 
Keep the towel on your skin till it does not feel cold anymore and then repeat the process. Continue cooling the sore area for about 15-20 minutes. This treatment can be used every 4-5 hours if the pain and tenderness is intense. Also, exclusively use a cold compress for 2-3 days (instead of both cold and hot compress) if you have just started experiencing sciatica pain. This will help to rapidly bring down the inflammation.
 
Recipe 4: Hot compress
Ingredients:
1 tsp almond carrier oil
5 drops nutmeg
5 drops clove
10 drops ginger
Application:
Mix the oils and add them to a large bowl of hot water. The water should be hot enough for you to feel the heat but it should not burn your skin, so test it on the inside of your wrist first. Dip a hand towel in the oil-water mixture, wring and place on the sore areas of your back and legs. Repeat when the cloth no longer feels hot to touch. A hot compress can be used as a standalone treatment up to 3-4 times a day, but it is best to alternate it with a cold compress.
 
Recipe 5: Pain buster poultice
Ingredients:
2 tbsp black gram
2 horseradish
5 drops lemongrass
5 drops frankincense
8 drops ginger
Soak the black gram (available at most Asian food stores and a tried and tested ayurvedic treatment for muscle inflammation and nerve pain) in warm water for 2 hour. Then, grind the black gram and horseradish to get a thick paste. Add 2 tbsp of boiling water to this paste and then mix in the essential oils (only add 5 drops of ginger essential oil).
 
Directions:
Let the mixture stand for a minute and then apply it on a strip of cloth, natural fabrics like cotton will work best for this. Place the paste covered strip/strips on the sore areas of the body, preferably starting at the back and moving down the buttocks and leg.
 
Alternatively, the paste can also be applied directly on the skin. Before the application of the paste, fill another large bowl with hot water and add 3 drops of ginger essential oil to it. Like you did for the hot compress, dip a hand towel in this water, wring it out tight and place it on top of the paste or strip covered area. Finally, cover with a dry woollen cloth to prevent the soothing warmth from escaping.
 
You can also use a heating pad on top of hand towel soaked in the ginger oil and water solution. The aim is to heat the poultice covered area for 15- 20 minutes. Once you are done, wash or wipe the paste from your skin using the leftover ginger oil mixed water. This should be done once a day or once in two days. The blend of essential oils and the other ingredients often provides immediate relief, even from severe sciatica pain.
 
Recipe 6: Relaxing, anti-inflammatory bath soak
Ingredients:
1 tsp carrier oil
4 drops wintergreen oil
8 drops lavender oil
5 drops marjoram oil
1 cup sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
½ cup Epsom salt
A handful or coriander leaves
Application:
Add the salt and the coriander to a bathtub filled with hot water. Mix the essential oils with the carrier oil and then add this mixture to the bath water; agitate the water vigorously to disperse the oil. Sit back and enjoy the relaxing soak for about 30 minutes. Before you leave the tub, rub any large oil droplets that you see on the surface of the water into the skin on your lower back and thighs.
 
Recipe 7: Blend to get more from your brace
Using a lumbar sacro brace and a thigh brace can help immensely if you suffer from sciatica. The brace holds the muscles tightly together, preventing movement that may further irritate the nerves. Here is the recipe of a blend that will further enhance the efficacy of your brace. For this, you will need:
Ingredients:
15ml almond carrier oil
10 drops peppermint oil
5 drops birch oil
5 drops cypress oil
Directions:
Mix the oils and dip some gauze into the mixture and squeeze out the excess oil. Place the gauze strip on the painful area of the back, thigh or knee that you intend to use the brace on. Cover the gauze strip completely with cotton and then wear your brace. Let the gauze stay on your skin for as long as you keep the brace on. Also, use this blend with a band or a brace when doing stretches for sciatica pain.
The worst thing about tooth pain is that it strikes when least expected and when help is out of reach, which is usually at night and makes it impossible for you to sleep. Not to mention that it is also often intense enough to make most people double over in agony. Unfortunately, OTC pain killers are just not strong enough to rein in the throbbing nerve pain that is tooth ache.
 
At times, the pain is so severe that some people resort to gulping down one pill after another, endangering their health in the process. Add to this the fact that any infection or inflammation in the mouth can easily spread to the sinus cavity and even to the brain, and it is understandable why tooth ache, gum infection and other mouth problems should not be ignored.
 

Is Severe Tooth Pain Due To Poor Dental Hygiene?

Although cavities can be attributed to lack of diligence in brushing and flossing, tooth ache can be caused due to a range of reasons. Yes, cavities happen to be one of the causes of tooth pain. However, other issues such as an exposed root, loose filling or a damaged cap, a cracked tooth due to an accident, tooth grinding and even a sinus infection can also lead to toothache.
 
When tooth pain can be traced to poor dental hygiene it is usually caused by an acute inflammation of the pulp. The pain in this case is so intense that you will not be able to ignore it. If you continue to keep the pain in check with pills and don’t do something about the underlying cause, you will develop an abscess and the inflammation will spread from the tooth and the gums to the cheeks and the sinus, and you certainly don’t want that to happen.
 

Just How Bad Is Your Toothache?

The severity and type of tooth pain that you are experiencing can tell you a lot about what is causing it. For instance:
 
Stabbing pain felt when you bite down on food is usually caused by a cracked tooth, loose filling or tooth decay. In this case, it is crucial to not only treat the pain but to also prevent the imminent infection.
Pain experienced for a few moments after eating very cold or very hot food can be caused by sensitivity, minor tooth decay or gum recession, which has exposed the root.
Throbbing and continuous pain that is felt in a particular area of the mouth but cannot be traced to a specific tooth is usually due to acute infection and inflammation of the pulp.
Constant and acute pain with visible swelling is usually an indication of severe infection and abscess. The pus has to be drained out in this scenario before the infection can be brought under control.
 

Can Essential Oils Get Rid Of Tooth Pain?

Yes and remarkably so! In fact, when your OTC painkillers fail to yield the desired pain dulling effects, essential oils can come to your rescue. These natural aromatic compounds not only bring the pain under control but also fight off the infection and control the inflammation. Essential oils can be used as a treatment as well as a preventative measure, when it comes to tooth pain and dental issues in general.

 

What Are The Best Essential Oils For Tooth Aches And Pain?

 

1. Clove
With pain numbing effects that rival those of benzocaine and killer anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, it is no wonder that clove oil has been used for centuries to treat all dental ailments. In fact, it was being used long before the birth of modern dentistry. The best part is that it is 100% safe and works almost immediately when used against tooth pain.
 
2. Tea Tree
A powerful antiseptic that will kill the infection causing bacteria lodged in the cavities, tea tree oil brings its own anti-inflammatory properties to the table. Plus, it is a mild anaesthetic that can be used on its own or in conjunction with any other natural ingredient.
 
3. Cinnamon
The antibacterial properties of cinnamon oil work against all sorts of infections, but they are exceptionally effective against microorganisms that cause gum disease and tooth decay. Additionally, the phytocompounds in cinnamon oil also exhibit anti-inflammatory effects that add to the overall pain numbing properties of a blend.
 
4. Peppermint or Spearmint
Both peppermint oil and spearmint essential oils display strong antiseptic properties. Additionally, the cooling effect of these two oils helps to tone down inflammation and is a particularly soothing for the soft gum tissue.
 
5. Frankincense
The essential oil of Frankincense is excellent when it comes to preventing dealing with dental issues such as tooth decay/cavities or infections due to its antiseptic properties.
 

How To Use Essential Oils For Tooth Pain?

 
Recipe 1: Severe tooth ache relieving blend
1 tsp coconut oil
4 drops clove oil
3 drops cinnamon oil
Mix the above-mentioned oils together and use a Q-Tip to apply directly on the infected tooth or place one to two drops of the oil mixture into the cavity. Do not swallow your saliva for a few minutes after applying the oil.
 
Recipe 2: Pain relieving mouth wash
Ginger root (3 pieces of 2 inches each)
3 cups water
5 drops tea tree oil
4 drops spearmint oil
Peel the ginger and chop into thin slices. Add it to 3 cups of water and boil till the liquid is reduced to one and a half cups. Filter to remove the pieces of ginger. Once the concoction is at room temperature, add the essential oils and mix well. Use this as a mouthwash, holding it in your mouth for as long as you can, so that the infected tooth gets submerged in it. Repeat every 2 hours or as needed.
 
Recipe 3: Make your own natural toothpaste
10 drops frankincense essential oil
3 tsp baking soda
5 drops peppermint essential oil
4 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp stevia powder
Gently melt the coconut oil until soft (do not overheat) and add in the other ingredients, mix thoroughly. Pour the blend in a glass jar. Use a small spoon to scoop a dollop onto your tooth brush. This blend is excellent for oral hygiene and to prevent bad breadth.
 

Recipe 4: Hot compress for gum inflammation and tooth ache

2 cups hot water
8 drops roman chamomile oil
3 drops tea tree oil
2 drops Frankincense oil
Add the oils to the hot water and mix. Dip cotton wool into the concoction, squeeze to remove excess fluids and then place it on the infected or abscessed gum. For tooth ache, use a hand towel and increase the quantity of water. Dip the towel in the water, wring and then place on your cheeks, right above the aching tooth. Hot compress works well when you cannot trace the pain to a particular tooth.

 

Recipe 5: Mouth wash for sensitive teeth and gums

2 cups water
2 tsp himalayan pink salt
5 drops clove oil
Mix all the ingredients together and use as a mouthwash to tone down gum and teeth sensitivity. This mouth wash is also very effective against gum diseases and tooth decay.
 

Recipe 6: Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving dental paste

1 tsp coconut oil
½ tsp asafoetida
1 clove of garlic
5 drops clove oil
Peel and crush the clove of garlic in a mortar and pestle till you get a fairly smooth paste. Mix the oils and the asafoetida with the garlic paste and apply the mixture directly on the infected tooth and keep it there for about 10 minutes. Don’t swallow your saliva while the paste is in your mouth. To remove, gargle once with water at room temperature.
 

The Bottom Line

According to a recent study, over 40% of adults aged 30 and above (approx. 65 million people) have a form of gum disease that can eventually lead to tooth loss. Whilst essential oils are very beneficial to get rid of temporary tooth pain at home, it is also important to see your dental health professional to determine any underlying cause of tooth pain. And remember prevention is better than cure, therefore do not forget those regular dental check-ups every 6 months or more often for people at higher risk of developing tooth / gum diseases.
 
 
Push yourself too hard at the gym or spend too many hours hunched over tackling the grout in the bathroom or go window shopping in those stilettos and you are bound to end up with sore muscles. Now, depending on just how much you have worked those muscles, you may have some seriously tender body parts to deal with.
 
Most people take the dangerous way out when dealing with everyday body aches – painkillers! Unfortunately, these pills only offer reprieve for a few hours, but they exact a high cost in return. These NSAIDs are harsh on the liver and the kidneys. So, indiscriminate use of these drugs can have serious health ramifications.
 

Fancy Essential Oils!

How about you resolve to take a more effective and safer option from now on? Yes, we are talking about essential oils blends. They work and they work fast! In fact, with the right mix of oils, you will be up and running in no time. The best part is that unlike pain killers, essential oils preparations not only offer relief from pain but also accelerate the body’s healing process.
 
So, if those sore muscles are a result of your strenuous workout routines, these blends will actually work in conjunction with the nutrients and the exercises to help you build a stronger and leaner physique. Plus, these oils are extremely effective in chasing away the blues and calming a stormy mind. In fact, essential oil blends will take away the pain and leave you feeling fresh and happy. But to understand how these oils help, you will first need to understand the physiology of pain.
 

Why Do You Get All Sore After A Hard Day’s Work?

Blame it on the micro tears in the muscle tissue – whether you spent hours slogging at the gym, jogging, hiking or simply running errands. Use a muscle group too much and too hard and the tissue is bound to develop tears.
 
You don’t have to worry too much about these tears because with the right nutrition, your body simply rebuilds the tissue, just stronger this time. But, even for the hardened gym rats, pain can prove to be a deterrent.
 
Why do you feel all that pain? Simple, the tears cause muscle inflammation, which leads to pain. And regardless of how much you get used to your grueling physical regimen, from time to time, you will have to contend with soreness. Hence, you do need to keep an effective remedy on hand that will help you to beat down the pain.
 

How Do Essential Oils Help With Body Aches?

Pain causes both mental and physical distress. Analgesic drugs cover just one aspect of the physical sensation of pain. They do little to curb the mental anguish that the discomfort is bound to cause. In striking contrast, essential oils blends target multiple pain related issues. First, the active compounds in these oils help to bring the pain under control.
 
Next, they go about targeting the root cause of pain – inflammation. In the third step, the oils help to increase blood flow, which means the damaged tissue gets more oxygen and nutrients. Better circulation also equates to faster removal of toxins from the cells. The ready availability of nutrients and rapid purging of toxins leads to faster healing.
 
And last but certainly not the least, these aromatic compounds work on the stress and the emotional center of the brain. So, they help to keep the production of cortisol (the stress hormone) in check, promote relaxation and help you to sleep better.
 
To cut a long story short, with essential oils you get better while you feel better!

 

Do You Need To See A Doctor For Your Sore Muscles?

If you cannot trace the pain to exertion or the lack of physical activity, you need to see your physician. Too many hours spent working out and too many hours spent cooped up at the desk can lead to body ache. But, if you don’t have such a reason and particularly if the muscle ache is accompanied by chills, fever, nausea, lack of appetite and visible signs of bruising, you should seek medical attention at once.

 

So, What Are The Best Essential Oils For Sore Muscles?

 
1. Peppermint
Prized for its exceptional anti-inflammatory properties, this essential oil is often found in Ayurvedic preparations. When used in pain relief blends, peppermint essential oil not only reduces the inflammatory response but also alleviates the stress caused by the pain. A natural sedative that is just as potent as the famed valerian root, peppermint oil offers fantastic results even when used against chronic conditions like rheumatism.
 
2. Sandalwood
Another aromatic compound that is coveted in the East, sandalwood essential oil helps to infuse a sense of calmness while it works on controlling the inflammatory response of the body. Although it is not a counterirritant like some of the other essential oils in this list, it is very effective when used in pain management. The antispasmodic oil eases muscle tightness and cramps and sedates the entire nervous system, effectively dealing with both stress and pain in one fell swoop.
 
3. Eucalyptus
This pungent smelling essential oil is put to use against a host of ailments and pain happens to be one of them. Particularly, the warm oil can work wonders when used against sore legs, back pain, muscle stiffness and sprains. The oil contains a bioactive compound known as cineole, which has been clinically proven to reduce inflammation and aid in faster wound healing.
 
4. Juniper
Extracted from tiny dark blue colored berries, juniper essential oil is often included in blends made to control rheumatism, and with good reason. This oil is a powerful rubefacient, meaning it actually draws blood to the area of application. The added blood supply not only provides more oxygen and nutrients to the damaged tissue, but also helps in clearing the toxin build up. So, if you have swelling or tenderness, juniper oil will help with both.
 
5. Wintergreen
This is another warming oil that works as a counterirritant and targets the pain transmitting nerves. The warmth not only helps to relieve discomfort but also aids in faster muscle recovery. In fact, wintergreen oil is often added to blends that are intended to prevent or limit muscle pain.
 
The antispasmodic, antirheumatic and antiarthritic oil is a rich source of not just phytocompounds but also essential minerals and vitamins. Together, these substances offer nearly immediate relief from muscle pulls, spasms, pain, tightness and cramps.
 
6. Camphor
In the Eastern parts of the world, camphor has been used for thousands of years to treat and prevent a whole host of health ailments. In the West though, it has received some bad rep for being too strong. The truth of the matter is that as long it is used topically and in the right dilution, few natural substances are as effective against pain as white camphor essential oil.
 
It not only helps to reduce inflammation but also sedates the nerves in the area of application, thus offering potent analgesic effects. But only use white camphor essential oil in your blends and do not use this oil if you are pregnant, suffer from epilepsy or asthma.
 
7. Clove
This one again is a multipurpose essential oil that offers pain relieving effects that can easily rival those of most OTC NSAIDs. In fact, in one study it was found that the eugenol in thyme essential oil is as potent a pain killer as Ibuprofen (Advil). Even when used topically, this oil yields significant benefits against muscle pain owing to its antispasmodic and tonic capabilities.
 
My own pain relief blend, a.k.a L’orpur contains most of the above essential oils together with carrier oils and is blended in the right ratios which allows direct application on the pain-affected areas. It comes in a 100ml bottle (vs similar products which come in at 30ml or less and priced more!); you’ll also get a spray head for easy application. Click on the above link or image below to read more.

 

Essential Oil Therapies And Recipes For Muscle Soreness

Recipe 1: Prevention is better than cure!
This pain balm concoction should be used before a workout session or any other physically taxing chore, to reduce muscle soreness. You will need:
2 tbsp kokum butter (or any other hard butter)
10 drops sandalwood oil
8 drops camphor oil
8 drops peppermint oil
Grate the kokum butter to a fine powder or melt in a double boiler. Measure 2 tbsp of the resulting oily liquid or 2 heaped tbsp of the powder and add the essential oils to it. Mix well and store in a small glass jar. To use, apply the pain prevention balm on areas of the body that are prone to soreness like the shoulders, lower back, arms, calf muscles and thigh muscles.
 
Rub the balm into the skin for about a minute and then go about your workout session as you normally would. The biggest advantage of using this balm is that it help you to keep going for longer and it stops pain from being a de-motivating factor.
 
Recipe 2: Dealing with those sore muscles
This blend should be used if your muscles are sore to touch signaling the presence of significant inflammation. The cooling blend will help to remove the accumulated uric acid and water from the tissue and promote faster healing while numbing the pain sensors. You will need:
50ml extra virgin olive oil or sweet almond oil
10 drops wintergreen oil
10 drops juniper oil
5 drops thyme oil
8 drops camphor oil
Mix the oils together and store the blend in a dark glass bottle. To use, apply on the sore muscle and rub vigorously for a few minutes and then sit back and relax as the oil does its job. This blend works particularly well when used at night.
 
Recipe 3: A bit of warmth for those achy muscles
This is a daytime pain relief blend and one that should be alternated with the cooling, anti-inflammatory blend given above. These two blends can be used 4-5 hours apart from each other if need be. For this formulation, you will need:
50ml mixture of hempseed oil and extra virgin olive oil
10 drops black pepper oil
10 drops sandalwood oil
5 drops clove oil
5 drops peppermint oil
Mix the carrier oils first and then add the essential oils to the blend. Store the mixture in an airtight glass bottle. Apply a few drop to the sore muscle and rub gently for a few minutes. This is a very strong formulation, so do a patch test before using it and don’t forget to wash your hands after application.
 
Recipe 4 – When you need pain relief on the double
A small spray/spritz bottle
6 tbsp pure grain alcohol
10 drops eucalyptus oil
10 drops sandalwood oil
10 drops camphor oil
Pour the alcohol into the bottle and add the essential oils to it. Cap the bottle and give it a shake to mix the aromatic compounds and the alcohol. Spray on sore muscles and let the blend evaporate on its own.
 
Recipe 5: For sprains only
2 tbsp castor oil
1 tbsp hempseed oil
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
6 drops camphor oil
8 drops black pepper oil
5 drops wintergreen oil
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp dry ginger powder
Mix the carrier oils and take about 2 tbsp of this blend and heat it for a few seconds. The rest of the carrier blend can be saved in an airtight glass bottle for future use. To the hot oil (should not be burning hot), add the powders and the essential oil. Give the mixture a good stir and apply on the affected part, while it is still warm. Massage gently in circular motion for about a minute or two. Cover the area of application with some gauze or cotton wool and then use a compression wrap to support the affected joint. Leave the compression wrap in place for a couple of hours or through the day/night.
 
Recipe 6: What is pain relief without a warm compress?
Handful of mint and coriander leaves
1 inch piece of ginger
Himalayan pink salt or sea salt
5 drops black pepper oil
5 drops eucalyptus oil
10 drops marjoram oil
Grind the mint and coriander leaves and the ginger to a thin paste using your food processor. Fill a large bowl with hot water. You will use this water directly on the affected area, so make sure it is bearably hot. Add the herb paste to the water, followed by the essential oils. Dip a face cloth into the hot water, wring it and apply on the sore muscle/joint. Hold the cloth in place till it cools and then repeat till the water cools. This can be done 3-4 times a day.
 
Recipe 7: A warm, pain relieving bath!
1 tsp coconut/sesame oil
5 drops clove oil
10 drops sage oil
5 drops sandalwood
5 drops juniper
2 cups Epsom salt
1 heaped tbsp of green tea leaves or 2 cups of very strong green tea
Add the salt and the tea to a bathtub full of hot water. Mix the carrier and the essential oils together and add this mixture to the water. Agitate to disperse the oils and allow yourself a leisurely soak in this soothing bath for 20-30 minutes.
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