Many of us live with some form of physical pain, and just as many of us are seeking pain management measures that can be found away from the pharmaceutical shelves. With the long, and varied, risks associated with many pain management solutions toted by modern medicines, natural remedies have begun to rise in popularity as individuals seek reprieve from the long list of potentially harmful side effects. Essential oils, in brief, are concentrated and powerful plant extracts whose use dates back several thousand years and across many corners of the earth (including Ancient Egypt, China, and India). These powerful plant extracts are nature’s hidden weapon. Modern science has begun to back the use of essential oils as beneficial for many uses, including pain management. Several essential oils have been scientifically backed for their benefits in pain management. Here are four essential oils for pain management:
A major contributor to physical pain is inflammation. Inflammation causes swelling, redness, and physical pain at the site of inflammation. One study in 2013 discovered that lavender essential oil was beneficial in reducing inflammation, pain, and medicinal intervention in pediatric patients post-surgery. This study, among others, scientifically demonstrates lavender essential oil’s effectiveness in reducing pain.
When diluted with a carrier oil and massaged into the affected area, lavender essential oil provides significant relief to pain and inflammation. Inhalation through the use of direct scent or diffuser was also shown to reduce labor pains in women who inhaled the oil during labor, as seen by one study in 2016.
This essential oil is an excellent, natural treatment option for pain. It has been an incredible effectiveness for hundreds, if not, thousands of years.
Combining a few drops of frankincense oil with a carrier oil and massaging into achy joints and muscles provide quick relief whether you’re treating temporary pain such as workout soreness or chronic pain such as arthritis.
Peppermint essential oil boasts a strong, minty scent. When diluted, peppermint oil is effective at cooling and soothing sore and achy joints and muscles.
The antioxidant properties of the oil help to reduce inflammation at the source.
Rose oil on it’s own is a magical oil. This oil is antiseptic in nature, and boasts anti-anxiety properties.
Several studies in the recent decade, however, have proven it is equally as effective as a pain management tool. It’s soothing properties increase proper blood flow and aid in the reduction of inflammation.
Rose oil is highly recommended in the case of migraine pain management, as seen in this 2017 study, and the management of menstrual pain.
Choosing the Right Essential Oils for Pain Management
There are many different brands of pestilential oils on the market. However, quality is one of the biggest differences among the brands. The purest oils, such as those found in the Pure Path store, are the best rated for effective pain relief due to their purity and the high quality source plants and extraction processes used.
Method of Use
Inhalation and even ingestion (of certain oils) have been shown to be effective for pain management. The best approach though is combining your chosen essential oil with a carrier oil and massaging into the pain site. This works very well for most individuals.