3 Simple Ways To Manage Pain With Essential Oils

Managing pain through the use of botanicals has been around since, well, the history of time. The overall health of humans has just about everything to do with our relationship to plants and the world around us. So how do essential oils fit into this equation? Here is a list of 3 simple and enjoyable ways to introduce aromatics into your pain management toolbox. 

Aromatherapy Massage 

As we have discussed in a previous blog post, Aromatherapy Massage can be one of the most effective ways to combat pain through essential oils. Combined with a massage from a knowledgeable and  skilled practitioner, an appropriate essential oil blend can take your pain relief to a whole new level. Essential oils and their therapeutic compounds are able to successfully penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream where they are absorbed and distributed.  Aromatherapy massage may be extremely helpful in situations of arthritis / rheumatism, strains, sprains, and general muscle stiffness, injury prevention / recovery, fibromyalgia, and more, in addition to soothing stress and overwork to the Central Nervous System. 

Topical Salves / Balms 

Topical salves, or balms, are an efficient method of action which can be utilized on a localized area of pain. Salves, which are typically a blend of carrier oils and beeswax to create a balm-like consistency, are preferred for smaller surface areas such as a stiff neck, shoulder, or ankle. Aromatic salves may also include other beneficial elements such as herbal infused oils, menthol, or CO2 extracts. Our most popular salve is the Muscle Soothing Salve, which can be found in 1oz & 2oz sizes. This blend includes Arnica extract, which is renowned for its ability to release and soothe tight, sore muscles. Salves are a wonderful option for those who are looking to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, muscle tears, strains, and general inflammation. 

Aromatic Bath / Foot & Hand Soak 

There is just something about a bath that some say is incomparable to any other form of “self care” or treatment. For those others who may not enjoy baths, or don’t have a tub-  foot & hand soaks are another great option for aromatic hydrotherapy. Since essential oils are lipophilic (oil-loving) and hydrophobic, (water-hating), the bath is a perfect way to draw them into the body. Using a dispersant, such as salts, honey, or milk, essential oils can be added to a warm or cold bath to enjoy their physical and psychological benefits. Since essential oils are hydrophobic, they are drawn directly into our oily skin. The best way to ensure they draw immediately into the body is by placing the essential oil blend / salts in the tub AFTER you are fully submerged, rather than placing them in the water, and then hopping in. What can an aromatic bath be used for? Just about anything! Relax after a long day at work, soothe the body from physical stress and tension, detoxify with an epsom salt blend, and inspire post workout recovery with an ice and essential oil bath. Foot and hand soaks are a great way to work energetically with aromatic oils, and enjoy the subtle impact they can have on your day through something so quick and easy.

Now, these are just a quick three ways you can implement essential oils in your life to relieve physical discomfort. Properly chosen essential oils can have a unique and profound impact on our relationship with pain. In regards to the emotional aspect of physical pain, (which is consistently being studied in order to better understand their connection) essential oils can also be a great help. This, however, is the topic of a whole new blog post about the many facets of pain & its relationship to aromatherapy. 

Some of my favorite essential oils to consider when formulating for pain relief:

Peppermint, lavender, ginger, copaiba balsam, black pepper, roman chamomile, marjoram, frankincense, wintergreen, clove, eucalyptus, bay laurel, spike lavender, birch & many more. 

Interested in learning more about essential oils for pain, and which blend may be perfect for you? Reach out via our contact page, or email 42020visionaries@gmail.com for information.

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