Just saying the word Pain hurts! Yet, most of us who roam this planet have experienced pain in one form or another. That boy in grade 2 that punched your arm, or the time you fell from your bike. You could have experienced pain when you broke your leg, or menstrual pain girls and women feel every month. The pain could be self-inflicted, caused by over indulgences with food or alcohol. These types of pain are usually not too serious, and most of us can grin and bear them.
Then we have the more serious types of pain that are caused by bigger issues and ailments. Some people suffer from migraines, arthritis, carpal tunnel or sciatica. We are all aware that most ailments and diseases, along with their own set of challenges, usually include varying degrees of pain.
My goal is not to provide a list of ailments, diseases, and issues and the pain associated to each of them. There is no website large enough to contain such a list anyway. Instead, I would rather focus on a more positive aspect of pain. Can we, instead, focus on providing some form of relief, and lowering the stronghold pain has on us? Let’s examine the relationship between pain and essential oils. I promise it won’t hurt.
The Simple Pains in Life
In day to day life, several minor situations can occur as it relates to pain. Unless you live in a bubble, you will certainly have your share of scrapes, bumps and small injuries. Fortunately, essential oils can minimize the effects of these every day issues. My first experience was a minor steam burn from having lifted the cover from a roast pan from a hot oven. The steam quickly burned three of my fingers. By instinct, I ran cold water to ease the pain. After a few minutes, the pain returned. I applied Lavender Essential Oil to my fingers, and I immediately felt relief.
Lavender is a wonderful essential oil as it contains antiviral and antibiotic properties. It is calming to insect bites and stings, minor burns, cuts and blisters. By applying this EO topically to the affected area, the relief is easily achieved. You can also rub this oil on bruises to help them heal and disappear more quickly. This essential oil is one of my top go-to oils and should be part of all home remedy kits.
Frankincense is another powerful essential oil in the treatment of every day mishaps. When applying this EO topically to minor cuts and scrapes, its coagulation properties will help reduce bleeding more quickly. It works as an antiseptic and helps to kill bacteria that could infect the wound. You can also rub a drop on a painful tooth to minimize the throbbing and ache. I love Frankincense for all my paper cut needs as well.
The Next Level of Pain
Several months ago, I fell and injured my left knee. I have had arthritis in this knee for several years. When I injured it even further, all the issues I have been ignoring found a new voice in the form of pain. In my case, I was very fortunate to have an arsenal of essential oils at my disposal.
My first line of defense was an amazing blend called Deep Blue. I used both the essential oil and lotion versions of this blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, helichrysum to name a few. As the name implies, the relief was quickly felt deep inside my knee. I applied the lotion to the inflamed area and rejoiced as the tension and pain eased away. This blend is also wonderful for reducing the discomfort associated with muscle aches and pain after physical activities and post-workouts.
I also welcomed the relief Lemongrass EO offered to calm the spasms in my knee and leg. This essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties which quickly halted the pain I felt in my knee. This essential oil eases muscle cramps by simply rubbing a drop or two on the affected area. I also loved the lemony aroma that accompanied this effective EO.
Depending on what ails you, so many essential oils offer fast and effective relief from pain. Peppermint EO will minimize the effects of a headache, migraine, ease stomach and digestive problems, and assist in fever reduction. To learn more about this versatile EO, please read my blog post: Perfect Properties of Popular Peppermint.
For women, our bodies endure menstruation and hormone imbalances on a monthly basis. There are varying levels of pain that occur, not only on a physical but emotional level as well. The combination of Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Cedar Wood and a few other essential oils are blended together in a women’s monthly blend called ClaryCalm. You can apply a drop or two of this blend to the abdomen to help ease menstrual cramping. This blend will also assist with mood swings and PMS by applying to the bottom of the feet or back of the neck.
A Few Final Tricks for Easing Pain
There are so many different essential oils that can deal with a wide variety of various degrees of pain. From personal experience, I start with the common EO like Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense and Lemongrass. Still, there are many more essential oils that can help with pain in a very natural way. I wish I could list them all here, but I will have to address them in a later blog. Still, I do have a trick or two left to leave you with.
In your home remedy kit for your family, prepare a roller bottle of equal amounts of Frankincense, Marjoram or Oregano, and Lemongrass EO, and top up with a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil. This blend can quickly be applied to scrapes, cuts, burns, bruises, and any other area you feel pain. This is an important addition to your treasure chest of at home remedies.
Not everyone enjoys the fragrance and aromas associated with essential oils. This, however, does not mean that they cannot benefit from the healing properties of EO. Most of the oils listed above can be added to a veggie capsule and taken internally without having to inhale the scent. As an example, you can place three drops each of Lemon, Marjoram, and Vetiver EO in an empty capsule. You can then ingest this every four hours for pain relief, much like any over the counter tablet, but in a more natural way. In fact, you can experiment with different combinations of EO and add to a veggie capsule for ingesting.
One final note
It is important to note that the use of essential oils are a natural and effective way to treat what ails you. However, there are still ailments that require the care of your family physician, and when you are in doubt, you should seek their advice. Essential oils are a proactive approach to your healthcare, and can certainly offer many wonderful solutions to the challenges that we all face. But the use of essential oils must be handled with a sensible and responsible approach. After all, it is your health and you are its caretaker. Be sure to treat it well and enjoy all the benefits essential oils have to offer. Enjoy!!!