Essential oils have been widely used for comfort and relaxation purposes for years now. However, these oils are also gaining popularity as pain relievers. Like modern day analgesics, essential oils are very effective, only that they come with several side effects.
Below are some of the most effective essential oils for pain relief.
Used for treating neuralgia, headaches, and muscle pains, chamomile oil is known for its analgesic properties. In fact, it’s been used to treat irritability among kids and abdominal discomfort. It is also an effective solution to bowel diseases and lower back pain.
Because of its sweet smell, lavender is considered the best remedy for migraine and headaches. Since it is relaxing and soothing, it has been used to relieve anxiety and stress, too! Inhalation of its vapor can quickly bring relief to headache. To make use of its analgesic properties, many would mix it a few drops of it with coconut oil. There are still many other things you can do with lavender oil!
Peppermint is among the earliest essential oils used. It is obtained from watermint and spearmint. It is widely used to relieve stomachache, nausea, and indigestion because of its active menthol ingredient. It works by soothing the lining of the intestines and stomach. If used topically, it can relax the muscles, eliminate charley horses, and reduce tension and pain.
Popular as a culinary herb, rosemary is used as an appetite stimulant and memory-enhancer. Then again, only a few knows about its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. By inhaling rosemary vapors, headache can be relieved. It is also used to treat rheumatism and muscle pains.
Extracted from the leaves and bark of the eucalyptus tree, eucalyptus oil is a powerful decongestant that can ease pain, muscle pain, and sinus congestion. As a strong oil, it is often diluted with organic coconut oil, especially when applied on the skin.
Cayenne oil is obtained and extracted from the seeds of cayenne pepper. This oil surprisingly relieves many types of pain, including shingles. Due to its effectiveness, it is normally diluted with other oils like coconut oil. Apply it topically to ease rheumatic pains and arthritis.
Obtained from the berries of Juniperus communis, Juniper oil is used in treating a multitude of painful conditions like dysmenorrhea and hemorrhoids. In relieving hemorrhoids, allow a few drops to sit in a hot bath.
Extracted from fresh ginger, ginger oil aids in digestive functions. Then again, it is also great in treating many different autoimmune conditions, such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis. To use this, it can be applied topically or inhaled.
Widely used by natives and tribes in North America – and much similar to eucalyptus and peppermint – wintergreen essential oil is popular for its pain-relieving property. However, the use of such is now limited to external only as it can cause intestinal hemorrhage when ingested. Nevertheless, it can effectively treat muscle pains and arthritis.
10. Clary Sage
Derived from the plant Salvia sclarea, clary sage is known as an excellent pain killer. It has been particularly used in easing pain brought about by menopause and menstruation. Apart from that, it also helps relieve stress-induced headache.
Apparently, we can never underestimate the effectiveness of these essential oils. They must be used with great caution and should be used only with the supervision of adults unless certified and proven to be safe.
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