Chronic pain isn’t just painful. It’s an obstacle that can stop you from living your day-to-day life, and doing the things that you want to do. I’ve struggled with issues related to arthritis, inflammation, and chronic pain for a long time. Essential oils are tools in my pain relief toolbox that have successfully helped me to get pain relief.
Essential Oils Helped Relieve My Pain
From a stiff neck, to lower back issues, as well as repetitive stress on my hands from years of computer use – both professionally and as a hobby – it’s safe to say that I’ve had plenty of experience with how difficult it can be to live a normal life when you’re in pain.
None of the normal remedies really worked for me. I did my best to take anti-inflammatories, stretch and use my inflamed joints, and I did everything else doctors told me to do, but it didn’t seem to help much.
Then I started researching the best essential oils for pain and inflammation. I was skeptical at first, but once I started trying them for myself, I became a believer. I may always have some chronic pain, but I’ve found a number of essential oils that can help soothe the symptoms and side effects, and let me live a more normal life.
If the above story sounds familiar to you, this article can help you. I’ll detail some of my findings on what the best essential oils for pain are. Then, you can try them for yourself, to see if they are a good alternative to traditional medications. Everyone is different, but all of these products worked exceptionally well for me. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
- Peppermint Essential Oil
This is probably one of my favorite products. Peppermint contains the active ingredient menthol, which you are likely familiar with. Menthol is what creates that minty, “cooling” sensation when you eat a peppermint, or apply a product like Vicks VapoRub.
Not only does menthol have a great scent, it also can act as an anti-spasm agent, and a mild analgesic (pain reliever). It’s very effective at reducing tension, and relieving your tired and sore joints.
For me, peppermint also has a mind-calming effect. When I smell it, I can feel my troubles melting away. It reminds me of the holidays, and makes me feel at peace.
Peppermint oil is quite strong, so it’s best to use only a few drops at a time, mixing it with a neutral carrier oil like refined coconut oil or jojoba oil. Then, rub this into the affected joint for between 5-20 minutes at least once or twice per day.
I found this method works the best for my smaller joints, such as my fingers, and the upper vertebrae in my neck. Rubbing it into your joints yourself works very effectively, applying as much friction as comfortable makes the oil work even more faster.
- Frankincense Essential Oil
You probably recognize Frankincense from the story of the Three Wise Men, but might not know what it actually is. It’s derived from a tree in the genus Boswellia, grown in Somalia and Pakistan.
This oil is extremely strong in scent – hence its use in incense – and it also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, due to the presence of high levels of terpenes and boswellic acids present in the compound.
It’s thought to influence the nervous system and the limbic system, when inhaled or applied directly to an inflamed joint. My favorite way to use this oil has been with an essential oil diffuser.
I simply put a few drops into my diffuser, and inhale the scent deeply. I find it calms me, and reduces my chronic pain. For the best pain relief, I rub it into my skin. Again, Frankincense is very powerful, so only use a few drops and place them in a neutral carrier oil, to avoid skin irritation.
- Juniper Essential Oil
Juniper essential oil has become part of my everyday bath routine. Juniper is what gives gin its characteristic “medicinal” scent, and I’ve always found it to be very pleasing.
It has detoxifying properties, works as an anti-inflammatory, and helps fight back against arthritis and joint stiffness. I recommend using it in the bath. Simply put 10-15 drops of Juniper essential oil into a steaming hot bath, and get in. After soaking for a few minutes, you’ll find that the heat, oil, and relaxing atmosphere will help reduce joint pain, muscle stiffness, and stress.
- Turmeric Essential Oil
Turmeric is my favorite dietary supplement. I take turmeric and curcumin capsules, as they help soothe inflammation in my smaller joints. Turmeric has been used to treat arthritis for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine.
You can mix turmeric essential oil into a neutral carrier oil for a massage, but if you get USDA-certified, organic turmeric oil, you can also consume it orally, which I recommend. It’s a good alternative to capsules, as it’s highly concentrated. Just put a single drop of turmeric essential oil into a glass of water, or mix it with honey and use it in a smoothie, or as a topping for yogurt.
Try Essential Oils For Yourself!
I thought I would never get the pain relief that I needed to live a normal life, but after I started trying a number of essential oils, I’ve found that these are the best essential oils for pain and inflammation.
They really worked for me, and if you are struggling with similar chronic pain and inflammation issues, I highly recommend any of the above products. So think about which ones may be the best for you, and give them a try today.