Essential oils for General Painful conditions including Sciatica
Essential oils for General Painful conditions and more Specifically for Sciatica
First, let’s talk about general pain relief.
Pain is caused from anything from injuries to inflammation to unknown reasons.
It can involve the skin, muscles, bones and deep tissues. Pain can vary from mild to severe. A dull ache to sharp stabbing attacks. It can be constant or cyclic or worse yet chronic. Mostly you want relief.
Several essential oils have pain-relieving properties. Determining the cause of the pain is very helpful and often time necessary before you start using essential oils.
As an example, you don’t want to use penetrating heating oil on the pain of a burn. Is the pain on the surface of the skin? Is it deep in the muscles, from a bruise, infection or what is the cause?
Once you know the cause then you can pick or select a few essential oils that will more than likely help with your type of pain.
The oils listed in each category below are not listed in any particular order, as different essential oils will work better on individuals to varying degrees and you may need to experiment to find the right combination of essential oils that will work for you.
General analgesic essential oils include: The Chamomiles, both Roman and German, Clove bud, Eucalyptus globulus, Helichrysum, Bay laurel, Juniper berry, Black Pepper, Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Niaouli, Peppermint, Spearmint, Oregano and Thyme
These are the most commonly used although there are probably over two dozen more that have analgesic properties and may work better for some folks.
If the pain is from inflammation, the following essential oils may be more beneficial:
Basil, Yarrow, Helichrysum, Lavender, German Chamomile, Fennel, Myrrh, Frankincense, Rose, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Blue Tansy.
Pain caused by an infection,
You will need to look for specific essential oils for the type of infection. See our previous Newsletters, Health and Beauty Index or Recipes Index for help on specific types of infection. If you cannot find any article to address your situation, PLEASE e-mail us and we will try to give you a few suggestions.
For common muscular pain due to overwork or arthritic joint pain, try a blend of
Peppermint, Eucalyptus globulus and Rosemary in a fixed or carrier oil of your choice. These three oils are very good at providing deep penetrating pain relief into muscles and joints.
If you prefer we have this blend already for use in our Joint Rub Massage oil. Or our Sports and More Synergy Blend where you can make your own massage oil, lotion or cream
For the pain from simple (first-degree) burns, including sunburn:
Use Lavender and Helichrysum as needed. Blend about 15 drops Lavender and 5 drops Helichrysum in a blend of Jojoba or other carrier oil. Alternatively, use Helichrysum 10% in Jojoba with Lavender added. This not only helps with the pain of the burn but the skin healing properties will help the skin tissues heal more quickly.
Now for specific help with Sciatica
If you have ever experienced sciatica you know what a pain it can be, both literally and physically.
The pain and discomfort though are just the symptoms of an underlying problem. Sciatica is really the irritation and inflammation of the large nerve that runs in your lower back (sacrum) into your leg. You have one on each side of your body.
When, somehow, this large nerve gets irritated or pinched you can have anywhere from a little "twinge", all the way to pain so severe it will stop you in your tracks for several days.
One common cause for men especially is sitting on their wallet. Those beautiful pieces of folded leather have taken more than one man to their knees.
For women, you may have sat crooked or funny on a chair, not even realizing you are giving yourself a pain in the back.
More serious causes; would be disc or lower back vertebrae involvement. If you are unsure what is causing your sciatica, see your physician.
Sciatica always seems to get worse in the evening. At least I think so. It is especially annoying when you are trying to fall asleep.
Here is a protocol that may help when you are being bothered by that sciatic nerve pain.
The very first thing to do is to start putting on ice packs. This will begin to give relief within a few minutes. It helps to quiet the inflammation and the numbing action of cold, will help diminish the pain.
Cold is better at giving relief for sciatica than anything else you might try. That is when it first begins.
Start with cold packs. Hold in place over the sore area for no more than 20 minutes. Repeat this every 2 hours.
The cold will help to reduce swelling and give relieve from the pain too. However, do not leave cold/ice packs directly on this area for more 20 minutes at a time, you could risk freezing your skin and more than 20 minutes actually does no good.
For some people after the first few days, it might feel good to alternate with heat. Although, in some folks, heat is aggravating and will only make matters worse.
Again, if you choose to alternate with heat, no more than 20 minutes at a time and continue to alternate every couple of hours with ice.
If you have someone that can give you a good but light back rub in this area and down into your affected leg will not only feel good but also can help relax the tense muscles you may develop because of the discomfort.
Essential oils that are good and that help to penetrate the tense and sore muscles are Juniper Berry and Black Pepper.
Others include Lavender, Eucalyptus globulus, Ginger, Nutmeg, Pine needle, Rosemary, Peppermint, Thyme and Oregano. Several of these may also help to relieve inflammation of the nerve involved.
Add up to a total of 12-15 drops of two or three different essential oils to 1 ounce of a carrier oil. Blend well and use to massage.
This blend may feel very good and give you the relief you need.
Sciatica Relief Massage
Peppermint - 10 drops
Rosemary - 10 drops
Lavender - 5 drops
Helichrysum - 5 drops
Sunflower oil - 1 ounce
Blend in a bottle. Shake well. Then use for massage.
Hope these suggestions help. We have used the above methods when our sciatic nerve has been inflamed. If you start early with the ice/cold packs you will have conquered half the battle. Keep the inflammation down and you will feel better quickly.
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You should not use this information to replace medical advice given by a licensed medical practitioner. Anyone considering alternative therapies should remember to consult with their licensed medical professional before using any alternative or complementary method. We do not give nor is any opinion on our web site medical advice, they are merely suggested uses.
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