Monday, March 27, 2017

Essential Oils for Pain Relief

Essential Oils
For Everyday Aches

Natural Pain Relief

Essential oils can soothe away aches and pains naturally without side effects. By targeting the pain at its source, they can remove the pain instead of simply masking it. Regular pain killers only hide the pain, and they come with a long list of nasty side effects. Using essential oils is more cost effective- at pennies per drop.

Quality Essential Oils

Here’s a list of things to look for when buying your essential oils:
  • The Source- being able to trace the oils back to growers that meet the highest quality standards

  • Purity- look for oils that don’t contain fillers, chemicals, or pesticides. Many times, the purest oils are considered Therapeutic quality.

  • Testing- look for companies and manufacturers that test their oils for purity.

Getting Started

Essential oils can be used three different ways. Always use your best judgement and common sense!
  • Topically- oils that have been diluted can be applied directly to sore muscles, achy joints, and irritated skin. You can add 2 or 5 drops to a hot bath as well. (Do not put spicy oils such as peppermint or cinnamon into a bath)

  • Aromatically- simply open the bottle and take a deep breathe or place a few drops in a diffuser.

  • Internally- a single drop can be added to a glass of water. Use caution and consult a physician before consuming essential oils because of how potent they are.

How to Dilute Essential Oils For Topical Use

Children Over 5 Years Old
1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil
1-4 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil
Pregnant Women*
1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil
1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil

*Women who are pregnant must use extra caution as certain oils are not recommended for use during pregnancy.

Carrier Oils

Any cold pressed vegetable oil such as coconut or olive oil will suffice. The reason essential oils are diluted is because of their high potency and concentration. Just one drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. This is why I don’t suggest taking essential oils internally. You wouldn’t drink 28 cups of tea in one day.

Oils by Ailment

Aching Hands
Basil, Marjoram, or Lemongrass
Aching Feet
Lemongrass, Peppermint, or Wintergreen
Eucalyptus or Lavender
Lavender or Peppermint
Neck Pain
Lavender or Peppermint
Inflammation/ Swelling
Basil, Cypress, or Frankincense
Joint Aches
Frankincense, Geranium, Marjoram, or Wintergreen
LIgaments/ Tendons
Lemongrass, Marjoram, Peppermint, or Wintergreen
Menstrual Cramps
Clary Sage or Marjoram
Muscle Cramps
Lemongrass, Marjoram, Peppermint, or Wintergreen

Safety First

Even though essential oils are natural- be sure to store them out of reach for little hands. Children don’t read instructions or warning labels. If there is any irritation, add more carrier oil, not water. Essential oils are- well- oils, which means they don’t dissolve in water. They must be diluted with more oils.