Bad headache? Sore muscles? Achey back? Geez, just thinking about aches and pains reminds me of the discomfort that they bring. However, if you are looking for a natural ease to that discomfort, essential oils may be for you.
A point often overlooked is that there’s no doubt that nature provides the best medicine, and sometimes traditional medicine doesn’t do the best job anyway. As a matter of fact, the power of essential oils lies within how they are created. More often than not, several pounds of plants are used to make a single bottle of essential oil. All parts of the plant, including any petals, bark, or roots, go into the oil.
What Essential Oils Will Help Me?
In general, specific essential oils have specific jobs. In the case of aches and pains, lavender, bergamot, and rose oil. Studies prove that lavender oil is helpful for anti-inflammatory reasons and migraines. Moreover, bergamot is useful for neuropathic pain. In fact, neuropathic pain is often non-responsive to pain medicine, so essential oils may be one of the better natural options. Lastly, rose oil is great for helping out with menstrual cramps, and any pain associated with periods. Equally, it can also be helpful for some of the pain kidney stones cause.
How Can I Use These?
While aromatherapy is a great option for certain pain, such as headaches, a topical option is much better for muscle and abdominal aches. You want to make sure that you use a carrier oil to properly dilute any essential oils so that they are safe for your skin. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is to use about 10 drops to every tablespoon of carrier oil.
Some great carrier oils are:
Once you have everything mixed together, you can go ahead and massage the oil into wherever you feel pain. Also keep in mind that you can mix various essential oils together so that there are multiple benefits.
Just A Reminder
Essential oils are a great, all-natural alternative to traditional medicine, but will not cure or significantly impact serious medical conditions. Always speak with your doctor for guidance and advice!
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