The pain-relieving powers of essential oils

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Essential Oils to Reduce Pain(NaturalHealth365)  Chronic pain is very common health issues worldwide, affecting over 1.5 billion people, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Unfortunately, many people turn to pain medication as their first or only solution for pain. But, as we all know, conventional drugs can cause trigger harmful side effects.

The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide warns that over-the-counter pain relievers can cause liver damage, headaches, stomach problems, dizziness, and risk of kidney or heart problems, depending on the type. In addition, The Cleveland Clinic notes that prescription medication can cause hormonal imbalances, constipation, depression plus many other unwanted side effects.

Because of these side effects, it’s worth considering alternatives. Surprising to most people, essential oils – which are concentrated plant oils – are natural pain killers that can be used instead of toxic drugs.

How do essential oils actually reduce pain symptoms?

A 2011 study in the journal Molecules found pain-killing properties within essential oils that can affect the brain by entering the bloodstream and creating a pain-relieving effect within the central nervous system. Researchers, in this study, explained that essential oils are being studied for use as alternatives to conventional pain relievers because they are natural and studies find them effective, so they might be used more as mainstream pain relievers in the future.

The Molecules study tested many applications for taking essential oils, including taking them orally, receiving an injection, applying them on the skin and more, so various application methods might be available over time. However, some of these methods are still being studied and might have potential dangers depending on the type of essential oil, so you should stick to using them on your skin or inhaling them until we know more about potential side effects from taking them in other ways.

Even when you use them on your skin, essential oils can cause allergic reactions – so test them in a small area before using them liberally.

How to get natural pain relief – at home – with essential oils

For pain relief, natural health experts recommend that you use essential oils of lavender, peppermint, Roman or German chamomile, eucalyptus, sweet marjoram, rosemary or thyme because these oils have strong analgesic, or pain-relieving, properties.

You can use essential oils in different ways to take advantage of their natural gifts.  To use them safely, at home, try these methods:

  • Apply them to the skin. To do this, add a few drops of the oils to a base oil like almond oil, and rub the mixture into your skin.
  • Inhale the scent. You can do this by simply smelling the oil straight from the bottle it comes in. Or, add some drops to water in a spray bottle and spray it around your home or use a diffuser to distribute the oils into the air.

Overall, essential oils can help you find relief from a variety of physically painful issues – naturally and effectively. Plus, they give you the added bonus of smelling delightful. If you have a positive experience with essential oils – post your comment below, we’d love to hear from you.

References:
http://www.painmed.org/patientcenter/facts_on_pain.aspx
http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/16/3/2233
http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2013/07/the-down-side-and-side-effects-of-painkillers
http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/12-things-you-should-know-about-pain-relievers.shtml
http://www.massagetoday.com/mpacms/mt/article.php?id=14048

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  • Rebecca

    Essential oils contain multiple medical properties, which help with a number of ailments. Many drugs used today were derived from them.. Winter green oil was considered one of the best essential oil for pain in the early 1900’s. The Native Americans used it for that purpose.

    Birch and wintergreen are the only plants in the world that naturally contain methyl salicylate. It is documented that these oils have cortisone-like effects, which can relieve pain quickly.

  • Indra

    Sesame oil also contain medicinal properties.

  • estes9011

    I have been using certified therapeutic grade essential oils in replacement of ALL traditional medications for over a year and a half now. For me, they work and without any concern for side affects or question of exactly what I am ingesting or using externally on my body. There is no ailment or sickness that I haven’t been able to heal with my essential oils. They are also great for diffusing for calming, insomnia, immunity and the list goes on an on. I even make my own immunity synergy blend and apply it daily to myself and my son. I am sold on essential oils, their healing properties and many uses even in making my own toothpaste, beauty care items, cleaners and more!

  • victoriadelacy

    Because they are antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal in nature, I was able to use several of them such as tea tree oil and oregano oil as well as eucalyptus essential oil combined with coconut oil and colloidal silver to help in healing a wound and clearing up a fungal infection on the skin recently. The only one I had to shy away from until healing had progressed was lemon myrtle since that is even stronger than the tea tree and will sting on an open wound. Otherwise, there is no better way to heal… naturally.

  • JA

    Do you recommend a certain brand of essential oils? I attended a young living event recently and thinking of purchasing a package of mixed oils.

    • threepercenter

      Young living is the best because they have the most pure oils and they are all able to be taken internally. I can help you purchase online if you would like and get a discount 🙂

  • Lori Baker

    I find most oils work on a few different health issues. With a little research you can find, which oils work best for certain conditions. I love lavender oil and use it for a variety of issues.

    Clove oil is strong so I am careful when using it. When you dilute it you will find it still works well. Sometimes you have to experiment to find what works the best. Trying different oils to find the one that fits isn’t hard, usually more than one can ease the condition.

  • threepercenter

    I use panaway essential oil blend on my husband along with several other oils for his degenerative disk disease. Although often underestimated, those oils pack a powerful punch for his pain as well as many other things around the house.