Using Essential Oils for Pain


Many of us suffer from different types of pain & inflammation rather it be muscle and joint issues, arthritis or bruising, (even growing pains for young ones, please keep scrolling down), and many other types of pain issues and are looking for some natural remedies so we don't have to take so many meds such as Advil or aspirin. The following articles, links and recipes will help give you some safe pain relief ideas.

Some find that diffusing or using a personal inhaler can help with pain. Others find that topical use, such as rubbing an oil or blend on the affected area is much more helpful. In the info below you will find options for both inhalation and topical use. For topical use in a healthy adult we typically recommend a 2-3% dilution, but sometimes for a bad pain you may need to go with a higher than normal dilution. Using a higher dilution is ok for something like this as long as you are only using it for a short time.

* Copaiba Essential Oils is one of my favorites for all kind of pain.  More info here in Lea's Free Class.

Using Copaiba Essential Oil Safely

Create Your Own Pain Blend Recipe

This recipe is great because it is so versatile and you can adapt it to fit your situation and use the oils which you have on hand. (Click on the graphic to make it larger.)

Muscle Tension Personal Aromatherapy Inhaler from Aromahead
6 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)
6 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
3 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
Optional:  Reduce the number of drops of the other oils and add 2-3 drops of Spike Lavender.

* If you need more of an Anti-Inflammatory pain relief which can be helpful for ailments such as arthritis, check out the following No More Flames recipe and the Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils Class.  

A comment from our Facebook Group member Ken Meyer RN – “One of the most effective treatments is diet. There are special RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis), diets. Most of them tell you to avoid foods that promote inflammation. Nightshades are a family of plants well known to Eastern Medicine, and being learned by Western Medicine that promote the inflammatory process. Try avoiding the following foods; Potatoes (Sweet or yams are okay), tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers. Sugar is a big problem. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition warns that processed sugars trigger the release of inflammatory messengers called cytokines. Sugar goes by many names so look out for any word ending in “ose,” e.g. fructose or sucrose on ingredient labels. (from Google JRA Diet or Nightshades to learn more.”

No More Flames anti-inflammatory lotion recipe

Anti-Inflammatory Lotion – a recipe for inflammation relief

Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oils

* Bruising

The best oil for bruising is Helichrysum. You can find out more about this wonderful oil in Lea's Free Helichrysum class.
Undiluted Helichrysum can be a bit on the pricey side but Helichrysum hydrosol also works great. Another more affordable option is buying a pre-diluted Heli. Please look into Aura Cacia Helichrysum. This is diluted to between 3 and 5%, so you need to use about 20 drops pre-diluted to equal 1 drop of undiluted Heli.

This recipe is great for skin issues, cut scrapes, etc. and wonderful for bruising.  In a flip top bottle, (travel size bottle), I add 1/4 helichrysum hydrosol, 1/4 lavender hydrosol and fill the rest with aloe vera gel.

* Clean Cuts & Scrapes for Kids from Aromahead

* Here are a couple of great recipes for Muscle Rubs from Mommypotamus

Homemade Muscle Rub for Kids and Pregnant/Nursing Mamas

Homemade Warming Rub For Sore Muscles

* Are your children having issues with growing pains?  There are some great tips here.

Natural Remedies For Growing Pains

* Andrea from Aromahead also has some great pain recipes.  You can search her blog or follow her on YouTube for more.

Make Sports Massage Oil with Spike Lavender


* If you are looking for Headache & Migraine help, please visit our page specifically about those issues.  (You will find some of the info there overlaps with the info here.)

Essential Oils for Headaches & Migraines

Lea Harris is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website, and its sister website, LearningAboutEOs, is home to educational advice and information about using essential oils safely. Lea founded and runs the Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group, with hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels and the UEOS App. You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes.

Lea received her herbalist certification through The Herbal Academy of New England. Lea is a contributing writer for Natural Herbal Living magazine, and blogs about herbs and natural living on her website, Nourishing Treasures.

Lea is Professional level member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists.

Businesses, groups, and individuals can hire Lea to consult on safety, product formulation, and more on her website Lea Harris CCA.



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